How to Fill a Roll Off Dumpster

Filling a roll-off dumpster the correct way is incredibly important when renting a roll-off. Dumpsters that are filled incorrectly may incur additional fees, can be a danger to others, or simply may not be able to be picked up. Because of this, we created a go-to guide on how to fill a roll-off dumpster the right way!

Get the right-sized dumpster

The first step to filling a roll-off dumpster correctly is to start with the right sized dumpster for your project. A dumpster that is too small will be filled up quickly and there may not be enough room for all of the debris. Dumpsters that are filled to the top may not be able to be picked up. Therefore, it is always better to go for the bigger sized dumpster and have extra space than a small dumpster that is filled to the brim. Affordable Roll-Offs offers 15 yards, 30 yards, and 40-yard roll-off dumpsters that are ideal for any sized project!

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Dumpster Sizing Guide

15 Yard Roll Off 

15 Yard Roll-Off Dumpster Rental
15 Yard Dumpster Information
Capacity: 15 cubic yards (about 2-3 tons of waste/debris)
Ideal For:
  • Bathroom remodels
  • Basement clean-outs
  • Removing old carpet, walls, etc…
  • Small garage clean-outs
  • Yard work
  • Attic clean-outs

30 Yard Roll Off 

30 yard roll off dumpster 14-day rental
30 Yard Dumpster Information
Capacity: 30 cubic yard (about 3.5-5 tons of waste and debris)
Ideal For:
  • A home addition
  • Basement finishing project
  • Demolition projects
  • Kitchen remodel
  • Estate clean-out
  • Cutting down trees

40 Yard Roll Off 

40 yard roll-off dumpster with dimensions
40 Yard Dumpster Information
Capacity: 40 cubic yards (about 5-6 tons of waste and debris)
Ideal for:
  • Flipping a house
  • Large kitchen renovation
  • Large bathroom renovation
  • Cleaning out an entire home
  • Large-scale demolition projects
  • Large-scale yard projects

Plan How to Fill Dumpster Before Starting

Planning how you will fill a roll-off dumpster before starting the process can be a huge help when it comes to filling it correctly. People often start tossing items into the dumpster and before they know it, it is full. Here are some tips:

  • Start with oversized items such as sofas, couches, tables, and other furniture. Get these large, bulky items into the dumpster first and then work around them. Be sure to check what items are not allowed in the dumpster before filling it!
  • Break down items that can be broken down into smaller pieces. Examples include large wood pieces, large boxes, cabinets, etc…breaking down as much debris as possible will allow for more items to fit in the dumpster.
  • Finish with the smaller items. It may be tempting to put the smaller items into the roll-off first and delay bigger, bulky items, However, smaller items can fit into cracks and holes in the debris.

If you are working with a team to fill the dumpster, be sure to take the time to plan ahead. If possible, it is always a good idea to collect large items and store them in a garage before the dumpster arrives. This way there will be no questions about which items are first to go into the dumpster.

Know the Debris before Filling A Roll Off

Many customers do not think about the weight of the debris that is going into a roll-off dumpster. Even if a dumpster is half-full, if it is over the weight limit, it will not be able to be picked up to ensure the safety of the driver and people on the road. Sometimes, the dumpster is not able to be lifted off of the ground if it is too heavy. Therefore, it is important to know about how much the debris will weigh before filling the dumpster.

Dumpster sizes are measured in Cubic Yards. A 30-Yard Dumpster has the capacity to hold up to 30-Cubic Yards of waste. As a reference, a standard Ford F-150 pick-up truck can hold about 2.5 yards of waste when loaded level at the top. Cubic-Yards are a measure of volume and not a measure of weight. 1 cubic yard is equivalent to 3’ft Long x 3’ft Wide ‘x 3’ ft Tall box.

If possible, it is a good idea to avoid certain debris or planning to rent multiple roll-off dumpsters so that the weight will not exceed the allowed weight in the dumpster. Here are some of the heaviest debris:

  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Rock
  • Sod
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Brick

If you have any questions or concerns about the debris weight in your roll-off dumpster it is always a good idea to talk to your hauler before renting the dumpster! They will be able to help you determine which size dumpster/how many dumpsters are needed to dispose of the debris.

Affordable Roll-Offs does not allow heavy materials such as rock, dirt, brick, sod, or concrete in our roll-offs. For more information check out the FAQs.

About Affordable Roll-Offs

Renting a Roll-Off Dumpster should be easy and affordable! That’s why we provide low-cost dumpster rentals and Free Next-Day Delivery! Our rental pricing is transparent and easy to understand. That means NO Hidden Fees! You know exactly what you’re paying for when you rent from us!

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