What Is The Most Popular Dumpster Size?

November 30, 2023

The most popular dumpster size is the 20 yard dumpster. It's large enough to dispose of 8 to 10 pickup truck loads of junk, but it's not very tall. It still fits in most residential driveways, making it convenient and easy to load. Plus, it's always affordable in any area because it's the most commonly rented size.

Why smaller dumpster sizes are not always better

When renting a dumpster, many people will look at smaller sizes first. They normally think that the smaller sizes will be cheaper. In the dumpster rental business, this is often not the case. Technically they ARE cheaper initially (only slightly). But, it's very easy for a smaller dumpster to become overfilled, making your total cost more than you planned.

When renting a dumpster, it is usually better to choose a larger size, like a 20 yard or 30 yard. There are a couple of reasons why:

  • A larger size will have a higher weight limit. This means you have a lower chance of the dumpster being over the weight limit, which means no extra charges when the dumpster is picked up.
  • Normally the price difference to rent a larger size is very minimal. Sometimes the difference is only $15-$20. The reason for this is based on inventory. Most haulers have many more 20 yarders and 30 yarders in their inventory. So, it's not as expensive to rent those sizes.

The most popular dumpster size for residential dumpster rental

Contractors have used 20 yard and 30 yard dumpsters for many years. But recently more homeowners all over the country have realized how easy, convenient and affordable dumpster rentals are for any kind of home remodeling or junk removal.

20 yard dumpster dimensions

The 20 yard dumpster

Dimensions*: 8 feet wide, by 3.5 feet tall, by 22 feet long

Holds: 20 cubic yards; or about 8-10 pickup truck loads of material

* the 20 yard dumpster dimensions can vary slightly by area

Most Common Uses For A 20 Yard Dumpster

A 20 yard dumpster can be used to dispose of almost anything. It's popular because it's large enough to get rid of a fair amount of large items. Below are some examples of what you can use a 20 yard dumpster to get rid of:

  • old furniture and mattresses
  • remodeling debris like carpet, flooring, drywall, wood
  • appliances (excluding refrigerators and air conditioners)
  • yard waste and landscaping debris like tree branches

And more. You can put almost anything in a dumpster. There are a few things that are prohibited from going in a dumpster, but that list is small. You can see a list of those items on our FAQ page, along with other common dumpster rental questions.

Interested In Another Size?

At Trash Daddy, we have multiple dumpster sizes available to rent. Of course this depends on the area where the dumpster will be delivered. If you are interested in another size, take a look at these sizes below:

We hope this article helped you by answering the question "what is the most popular dumpster size". The 20 yard is universally popular because of it's size and affordability.

If you have other questions, our team has been in the dumpster rental business more than 15 years. We would be happy to help you with any questions you might have. Just reach out to us. If you want to see if we service your area, check our service areas page and look for the city nearest you. Thanks for reading!