How to Find the Best Dumpster Size for Your Needs

If you're new to Viking Dumpsters, and are wondering what size you need to rent, this quick guide about how to find the best dumpster size for your needs can help you narrow it down.

Factors That Determine the Size of Dumpster You Need

Type of Debris

It is easier to choose the right size of dumpster when you know the type of items you will be disposing of. The right size dumpster will be able to contain all the waste within the container, with nothing left protruding or spilling over. The following materials can be discarded using a rental dumpster as long as those wastes are within the dumpster's weight limit:


  • Landscaping debris
  • Waste paper countertops and cabinets
  • Bathtubs, toilets, and sinks
  • Furniture
  • Scrap metal
  • Shingles
  • General household waste


You can put a lot of different types of debris in a dumpster, but some items are not allowed - refrigerators, concrete, dirt, brick, tree stump and trunks, HVAC systems, hazardous chemicals, and hazardous waste. If you are not sure about an item, be sure to ask us in advance at 704-269-4747 about the kind of items you need to dispose of.

Project Location

Some projects call for a smaller sized container due to space limitations at the project site. That means it is very important to consider the surrounding space, the ease of delivery, and the waste loading before picking a dumpster.

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Project Scope or Duration

Inevitably, waste will keep piling up as your project carries on, and there is often more than you expected! For this reason, selecting a open-top that is too small to contain all the waste pile up over time is uneconomical.

It is also important to be realistic about how long you'll need the rental dumpster on your premises. At Viking Dumpsters , we will work with you and your project budget!

To get the most out of your dumpster rental and avoid paying extra fees, consider how long the project will take and exactly how large of a dumpster your project requires. Our friendly staff can help you choose the right rental for your needs.

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Total Dumpster Volume

There are differently sized dumpsters for just about every project. A dumpster's size is calculated by multiplying its exterior dimensions, length times width times height, which are in feet; this gives you the volume in cubic feet. However, the total volume is measured in cubic yards, and you can convert the cubic feet to cubic yards by dividing the cubic feet by 27 . Below are the standard dumpster volumes and sizes that we offer to suit your different needs:

15 cubic yard dumpster - 12 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 62 inches deep
20 cubic yard dumpster - 12 feet long, 1.5 feet wide, and 76 inches deep

30 cubic yard option - (consists of two 15 cubic yard dumpsters delivered one at a time)
40 cubic yard option - (consists of two 20 cubic yard dumpsters delivered one at a time)


Charlotte, NC's Best Dumpster Rental Company
You can trust Viking Dumpsters, with all your commercial and residential dumpster needs. We ensure that we consistently provide you with fast, reliable dumpster services to keep your cleanout, remodeling or construction projects moving fast and on schedule. With us, you can forget about driving to the dump as we drop-off and pick up at a time and place of your convenience.

We hope this guide helps you decide on the best size of dumpster for your needs. If not, please contact us today, and our experts will help you select the ideal dumpster for your project.