Selecting A Roll-Off Dumpster Size

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Selecting A Roll-Off Dumpster Size

As if dealing with the headache of going through a remodel or clean up project isn’t enough, now you have to deal with getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need! Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or clearing out your entire garage, it can be challenging to get rid of all the trash and construction debris that you’re left with. That’s where a roll-off dumpster rental can help!

Many of us have been there before. You’re wrapping up the project, adding the finishing touches and realize that there’s quite a mess to clean up. That’s when the idea of renting a dumpster hits you. So you pick up the phone and call your local dumpster rental company. That’s when you’re asked, what size dumpster would you like to rent?  Yes, that’s right there are various sized roll-off dumpsters.

How do you select the right size without over doing it? You might not need a massive dumpster,  which you might underfill and overpay for; not to mention it’s probably big enough to inconveniently block your driveway. Or, on the flip-side, renting a dumpster that’s too small and might leave you with a heap of garbage sitting under the elements until you finally rent a second dumpster.  It’s an expensive mistake that happens often.

Maybe we can help? We are your local, friendly, neighborhood dumpster rental company. Affordable Roll-Offs makes it easy to rent a dumpster that is the right size for your project. Ensuring you don’t pay extra for more dumpster capacity than you can use. Here’s a good way to gauge what dumpster size you might need. We compare a standard truck bed to our dumpsters, in an effort to provide a better reference for those of us who don’t deal with trash on a regular basis.

Roll-Off Dumpster – Capacity & Weight Limits

Ford F-150 Truck Bed

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.  

The weight of a dumpster can vary depending on the type of material you will be disposing of. It’s important to keep weight in mind when disposing of heavy materials, such as rock, dirt, concrete, brick or sod. Heavy materials can exceed the weight limit of the dumpster resulting in overweight charges. Please see below for weight limits included with our rentals. If you have questions or concerns regarding heavy materials please give us a call or email us at we’re always happy to help! 

Roll-Off Dumpster Sizes & Details

30 Yard Roll-Off  – 8’ft Wide x 23’ft Long x 6’ft High
Roll-Off Dumpster - 30 yard

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A 30-yard dumpster is ideal for large projects or clean-ups, whether that be at your home or at your job site. Check out the specifications below to determine if you should rent a 30 yard dumpster for your project:

  • Dimensions: Our 30 cubic yard dumpsters measure 8’ft Wide x 23’ft Long x 6′ High
  • Capacity: approximately 12 standard pickup truck loads.
  • Weight Limit: up to 5-tons included in our flat rate. That’s equivalent to 10,000 lbs!
  • Pro Tip: The dumpster 8′ ft door makes it easy to load larger items such as large cabinets, sofas, and other various items.

*The figures reflected above are approximations

15 Yard Roll-Off  – 8’ft Wide x 16’ft Long x 4’ft High

15 Yard Roll-Off Dumpster Rental

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Our 15-yard dumpster is the perfect size for small to medium clean-ups or remodeling projects. It’s shorter length makes it the ideal choice when space is limited. It’s lower height sidewalls allow for convenient loading, which saves you time and energy!

  • Dimensions: 15 cubic yard dumpsters measure 8’ft Wide x 16’ft Long x 4’ft High
  • Capacity: approximately 6 standard pickup truck loads.
  • Weight Limit: up to 3-tons included in our flat rate. That’s equivalent to 6,000 lbs!
  • Pro Tip: This is the dumpster to use for short driveways.

*The figures reflected above are approximations

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Even our smallest dumpster can hold 6 times the capacity of a pickup truck bed, saving you time and money in the long haul. Next time you’re in need of a roll-off dumpster the approximations above can serve as a way to guesstimate what size roll Off you might need.  Feel free to call us anytime if you still aren’t quite sure what size dumpster is right for you. We are always more than happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the convenience of our customers, Affordable Roll-Offs offers a flat rate package for dumpster rental. Suitable for most projects, the flat rate package covers a rental period of not longer than 7 days and includes one free delivery and one free pickup of the chosen dumpster. Disposal of debris up to the specified weight allowance for the dumpster size you choose is also included in the quoted price (see tips on how to select the proper size dumpster for your needs here).

Our experienced drivers will deliver the chosen dumpster within 24 hours after an order is placed. Please allow one business day for delivery for orders placed on weekends, holidays, and during other non-business hours.

At Affordable Roll-Offs, we believe in 100% price transparency. When you order a dumpster from Affordable Roll-Offs, you’ll never have to worry about hidden delivery charges, fuel surcharges or environmental fees. We guarantee that we will never surprise you with additional charges.

Affordable Roll-Offs proudly serves the Denver Metro area. We provide dumpsters within the outlined service area:

Denver Metro - Services Area for Dumpsters

If Affordable Roll-Offs has a dumpster available in the size you request, we will send it out immediately. Affordable Roll-Offs guarantees to deliver a dumpster within 24 hours after you place an order (please allow one business day for orders placed on weekends and holidays). If Affordable Roll-Offs is unable to deliver a dumpster in the size you request within 24 hours after you place your order (or one business day), we will give you a free upgrade.

There are some items we simply don’t have the resources to dispose of per EPA guidelines. The following items are NOT ALLOWED in our dumpster:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Asbestos
  • Animals
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Barrels
  • Biohazardous Materials/Medical Waste
  • Chemical Products
  • Computers
  • Contaminated Oil (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.)
  • Equipment Containing Gas or Oil
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides & Pesticides
  • Industrial Waste
  • Liquid Paint (although dry paint cans are permissible)
  • Liquids/Solvents/Freon/Chemicals
  • Monitors
  • Microwaves
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint
  • Petroleum-Contaminated Soil/Lead Paint Chips
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Railroad Ties
  • Refrigerators
  • Solvents
  • Televisions
  • Tires

*Customer remains liable for any inappropriate waste in the dumpster, as agreed to in the terms and conditions.

If you need to dispose of any of these materials, please contact us at 303-339-0293 and we will direct you to the appropriate agency.

For legal reasons, you must be 21 years old to rent a dumpster. At Affordable Roll-Offs, we handle orders both large and small. Our satisfied customers include everyone from DIY homeowners undertaking renovations to business owners who need a dumpster full-time. We’ve assisted charity organizations in their clean-up after an event and real estate agents clearing out homes before a sale. We provide dumpsters for individual construction jobs as well as for general contractors and subcontractors on construction sites that require multiple hauls each day.

The size of your project and the space you have available will determine what size dumpster best fits your needs. Check out our helpful post on how to select the right size dumpster for your project here. If you are still unsure, give us a call at 303-339-0293 or email us at We’re always happy to help!

As safety is our number one priority, we ask that you don’t load any material above the top rails of the dumpster. Please try to keep the load flat and distribute the weight as evenly as possible. If for any reason the dumpster is improperly loaded and cannot be transported safely, you will have to unload the dumpster to a safe level before we can remove it. A dumpster that is not ready for transport or that has been blocked in may incur additional charges at the customer’s expense.

Yes, each dumpster is equipped with an 8’ swinging door for easy loading. The dumpster door may be opened only partially if you prefer. To fully swing the dumpster door open requires approximately 8’ft. of clearance in addition to the dumpster space requirement. Please make sure to allow the appropriate clearance for the dumpster. Also, please keep in mind that dumpsters are not permitted to block sidewalks or streets. If the size of dumpster that meets your needs is too large for the space you have available, please call us at 303-339-0293, or email us at, and we will assist in making whatever arrangements we can.

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Roll-Off Dumpster - 30 yard

30-Yard Roll-Off  – Small amounts of dirt, brick, concrete, sod, and rock typically are acceptable, not to exceed one (1) cubic yard (approximately 9-14 wheelbarrows). If you think you will have more than 1 cubic yard of any of these materials to dispose of, please consider renting a 15-yard dumpster instead (see details below).

NOTE: Heavy material must be loaded first and distributed evenly along the bottom of the dumpster.

15 Yard Roll-Off Dumpster Rental

15-Yard Roll-Off  –  Dirt, brick, concrete, sod, and rock are acceptable, not to exceed eight (8) cubic yards (that will fill an evenly loaded 15-yard dumpster to about 2.5′ ft above the bottom of the dumpster). In no event may the dumpster exceed the 9-ton maximum for loads. Dumpsters that end up loaded over the weight limit included in our flat rate package will incur additional charges. 

NOTE: Heavy material must be loaded first and distributed evenly along the bottom of the dumpster.

If you think you will have more than 8 cubic yards or 9 tons of any heavy materials to dispose of, please give us a call at 303-339-0293 or email us at to make the appropriate arrangements.

Material Weight Chart – Pounds Per Cubic Yard

Material Weight Chart for Dirt, Rock, and Concrete

If you find that one dumpster isn’t sufficient, just give us a call at 303-339-0293, or email us at Removal of the full dumpster will be covered by your original rate package, but delivery and removal of the second dumpster will constitute a new order. However, you will be able to take advantage of the same great rate for the second dumpster and the same 7-day rental period as you had in your first order. We are also happy to provide a quote if you find that you need a different size dumpster or a longer time period to finish your project.

Yes, you can rent a dumpster from Affordable Roll-Offs for more than 7 days. If you need just a couple more days, consider our flat rate package. The flat rate package includes a 7-day rental period, with an additional $15.00 charge for each day that exceeds the 7-day rental period. If you think that you will be requiring a dumpster for an extended period of time, please give us a call at 303-339-0293, or email us at, for a personalized quote.

Our flat-rate pricing includes up-to a week of rental time. However, the price does not change if you keep the dumpster for less than one week. If you need to schedule an early pick-up directly notify us 24-hours in advance and we will schedule your pick-up for the next available pick-up day at no additional charge.

Our 30-yard and 40-yard dumpsters require at least 25’ of driveway space. Our 15-yard dumpster requires at least 18’ of driveway space. Please keep in mind that dumpsters are not permitted to block sidewalks or streets. If the size of dumpster that meets your needs is too large for the space you have available, please call us at 303-339-0293, or email us at, and we will assist in making whatever arrangements we can.

In most cases, dumpsters are not suitable for use in alleyways. A dumpster blocking alleyway access is considered a safety violation in most cities, including Denver. However, we may be able to deliver a dumpster to your private property through an alley, if the alley is large enough for our truck to safely maneuver. If you are unsure about your particular circumstances, please give us a call at 303-339-0293, or email us at

Each municipality has different regulations and permit requirements concerning dumpsters placed on private property, streets, or any other public right of way. Contact your local municipality and they will provide you with the regulations and costs to purchase any necessary permits. Affordable Roll-Offs is not responsible for obtaining proper permits.

Most driveways that meet building code standards can handle the combined weight of the roll-off dumpster and truck. The experienced drivers at Affordable Roll-Offs take every precaution to avoid damage to driveways and landscaping, however damage may occur due to poor surface conditions or improper clearance. For best results, be sure to leave ample clearance (see “Will the dumpsters from Affordable Roll-Offs fit in my driveway?”, above). Affordable Roll-Offs is not financially liable for the damages caused by normal dumpster operation.

We understand that plans can change and delays can occur. If needed, we can easily reschedule or cancel your rental.  There are no cancelation fees. The only thing we ask is that you notify us one (1) day in advance of the scheduled delivery by calling (303) 339-0293 or Email  If the rental is paid for in advance, a 100% refund will be issued back to the payment method provided.