Are you wondering what a 1-yard dumpster looks like? A 1-yard trash bin has a volume of one cubic yard, and is typically 6 feet long by 3 feet wide. These bins are usually shorter than 3 feet tall, and have wheels or casters for easy movement. Container safety bars are available in most areas. A 20-yard bin is the right size for a variety of projects, and can hold around 10 loads of trash and truck debris.
A cubic yard is equal to an area of 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet, or 27 cubic feet. Front-loading containers tend to be between 10 and 40 percent shorter than rear-load containers due to their design. If you choose a dumpster that's too small for your project, you may end up paying extra fees or having to rent a second dumpster to finish the job. If your container becomes too full, you'll either have to remove the excess yourself or pay a fee if the container company does it for you.
The sizes of the containers listed in the table below are typical, but because the dimensions of the containers are not standardized, they may vary from one conveyor to another. A 40-yard trash bin is usually 22 feet long by 8 feet wide by 8 feet high. We've included visual representations of each bin size so you can easily compare the four most common bin sizes. If you need to have the container delivered to you in a small driveway or alley, be sure to check the dimensions of the container with the conveyor and compare it to the space you have available.
Actual sizes of front and rear loading containers will vary depending on location and container company. A 10-yard container is equal to 270 cubic feet, a 20-yard container is equal to 540 cubic feet, and so on. When it comes to choosing bin sizes, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. However, a 10-yard bin may be suitable for smaller residential cleaning projects.
For larger projects such as major renovations that involve roofing, it's best to opt for a 40-yard garbage container. Actual sizes of rolling containers will vary depending on location and container company.