Nov 1 2023 / Dumpster Rentals ,

Choosing the Right Dumpster Size In The Midwest

There are many dumpster sizes available in the Midwest. Bigger isn’t always better. You want to make sure your dumpster fits safely onsite but you’ll need sufficient capacity to avoid project delays and safety issues. Knowing how to choose a dumpster will save you time and money.

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Guide To Dumpster Sizes

The first step in how to choose a dumpster in the Midwest is knowing what dumpster sizes are available. Koskovich and Murphy offers roll-off dumpster rentals as well as a variety of dumpster sizes for residential, commercial, or recycling use:

dumpster rental size chart

Assessing Project Needs And Matching Dumpster Sizes

Filling a dumpster past capacity is unsanitary and unsafe. You’ll need to estimate how much will be dumped and make sure that you choose the right dumpster. Get started with these general guidelines for evaluating dumpster sizes.

Construction Cleanup

Construction projects generate large pieces of debris, and a lot of it. As a result, a 20-yard dumpster will only be enough if it’s a small project. If you’re working on a full remodel or a new construction you’ll need at least a 30 yard dumpster, possibly more than one.


Commercial dumpster sizes can be used for retail businesses, offices, and industrial facilities. A 20 yard dumpster will work for offices and small retail establishments, but larger retailers, industrial cleanup and large office buildings will need a 30 yard dumpster.


A dumpster can be helpful If you’re renovating your home, downsizing, preparing to sell, or just doing a major cleanup. Small projects like garage cleanups may be too much for your curbside trash pickup but will only require a 10 yard dumpster. A 20 yard dumpster is usually sufficient for small renovations of cleanups. Large scale remodels or whole-house cleanups will need a 30 yard dumpster.

Dumpster Sizes In The Midwest

3 Yard Dumpster – Residential

Residential dumpster sizes start small, as homeowners often have limited space and don’t need a larger capacity dumpster on their property. Though we call it the residential dumpster, this is a great choice for garage or attic cleanouts, yard waste, and office renovations.

20 Yard Dumpster – Commercial

Businesses generally generate more trash than residences. A 20 yard dumpster is not only physically bigger than a 3 yard dumpster, but it can handle heavier debris that might come with construction or other commercial use or community events.

30 Yard Dumpster – Recycling

New home or commercial construction requires a sturdy and large dumpster. Our 30 yard recycling dumpster can handle the heavy debris that comes with remodels and larger projects and events.

Roll Off Dumpster

If you work with cement, our roll off concrete washout dumpster holds 6 to 10 cubic yards and is designed to wash out concrete trucks, pumps, and related equipment

Other Considerations

The above recommendations are generalized guidelines based on common use, but every project is different. Your residential project may contain larger items, or your business may not generate much waste. Consider the particulars of your situation when considering dumpster sizes:

  • Length of project: If your project will take a while, you may need a larger capacity dumpster since debris will add up
  • Type of materials: If your project will generate heavy and/or bulky materials, like furnishings or fixtures, you may need a larger dumpster, even if your project seems small
  • Amount of waste: Be honest about how much waste you expect to generate. Small items add up and you want to avoid overfilling a dumpster
  • Space Availability: If you don’t have a lot of room, you’ll definitely want to go with the smallest dumpster possible, or even two or three smaller dumpsters instead of one large dumpster.

Get A Free Quote For Dumpster Rental In The Midwest

No matter what project you are planning, Koskovich and Murphy Developments has the right dumpster rental for you. Contact us today for a free quote on a suitable dumpster rental for your residential, commercial, or construction needs.