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Dumpster Sizing for Projects & Events: Part I

There are many scenarios where renting a dumpster can come in handy. From concerts and sporting events, to moving, to renovation, cleanup, and demolition – each project benefits from having a dumpster available on-site. The tricky part is deciding on the appropriate sizing for your project. Today we are going through several scenarios that having a dumpster can help with.

Residential Cleanup Projects

The size of the project you’re taking on at home will dictate the size of the dumpster you’ll need to rent. A good rule of thumb to consider is this: For every year you live in your home, you build up 1 cubic yard of garbage. For example, if you’ve lived in your house for 20 years, you will likely need a 20-yard dumpster. A 20-yard dumpster can hold the trash equivalent to the size of a large van.

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If you’re just decluttering for spring cleaning, a smaller 10-yard dumpster should be able to handle that project. A 10-yard dumpster can hold a mattress, couch, some yard waste, several bags of clothing, and various items from the garage to give you an idea of the size.

For a full estate cleanup, that could take around two or three 30-yard dumpsters. This is assuming that most items are being thrown out including furniture. If you plan to keep some of the items, you can opt to rent just one or two 30-yard dumpsters instead.


Moving is a great time to sort through all your items and declutter so renting a dumpster can be helpful in those efforts. Consider placing a small dumpster – anywhere from a dumpster-in-a-bag, 10-yard, or a 20-yard dumpster – next to the moving truck to help purge as you pack.

Hoarding Cleanup

Hoarding cleanup is a hefty task to take on and requires a lot of dumpster space. For a 1,200 square foot home with a basement and garage filled with items, it is suggested that you might need up to six 30-yard dumpsters. This can handle all the items you are allowed to dispose of in a dumpster such as food, plastic, metal, wood, cardboard, papers, most furniture, clothing, glassware, and lamps.

Festivals & Shows

There are several factors to consider when selecting a dumpster size for an event such as a festival, fair, concert, or show. In a single weekend event, tons of waste can be generated from plates, cups, utensils, and food. Factors such as the food and beverages served, number of attendees, the venue location, and the activities that will occur are all important in selecting the appropriate size. A good rule to stick with is to attribute one liter of waste per person. So, if you have smaller event, a 10-yard roll-off is a good choice. However, in cases where the event is much larger, a 20 or 30-yard dumpster may be a safer option just to avoid running out of room and dealing with overflow.

Looking to Rent a Dumpster in Mobile, Alabama?

If you’re looking to schedule a residential or commercial roll off dumpster rental to help with your renovation or cleanup efforts in the Mobile, Alabama, look no further. Give Circle J Roll Offs a call at (215) 661-0001 or fill out our online form and we’ll get in touch with you.

Need Help creating a Waste Management Plan for Your Business in the Mobile / Montgomery Area ?

Look no further than Circle J Roll-Offs. We have been serving Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding areas since 1969. We provide waste management services for commercial and industrial businesses, as well as full-service dumpster rentals. We provide different sizes and types of dumpsters to meet your specific waste management needs. Give us a call at (215) 661-0001 or fill out our online form to speak with one of our waste management planning experts today.

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