Calculating How Big a Dumpster I Need

Calculating How Big a Dumpster I NeedYou’ve got an unsightly pile of debris sitting in your yard. Perhaps, you remodeled your kitchen or tore down that old shed in your backyard. Either way, you’re probably thinking about how to get rid of the junk as soon as possible. But now you might be asking yourself, how to do I go about calculating how big a dumpster I need? Well, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver is here to help.

We know that you don’t want to waste valuable time making multiple trips to the dump. And you also don’t want to get a dumpster that’s too large where you end up spending more money than needed.
The good news is that, with a simple calculation, you can figure out the approximate size of your pile and as a result, the right roll-off dumpster size. Of course, different materials will fit differently and the weight of different debris can vary considerably. Think about how much a pile of gravel will weigh in comparison to the same size pile of miscellaneous construction debris.

The size is easy to estimate. All you need is a good tape measure and a friend willing to hold the other end for you. It doesn’t have to be exact but always overestimate in situations where you’re not sure about the size. If not, you could end up with not everything fitting into the dumpster.

So, simply measure the pile’s length, width, and height in feet. Multiply those three numbers together and then divide the result by 27. This will give you the rough cubic yardage of your pile. Take a look:

Pile Length = 13 feet
Pile Width = 8 feet
Pile Height = 5 feet

Now multiply 13 x 8 x 5 = 520
Finally, divide 520 by 27 = 19.26 cubic yards

So, a 20 yard dumpster should be just about perfect for your debris pile. It’s that simple!

Next time you wonder, how do I go about calculating how big a dumpster I need, we’re here to help. Whether you get a little lost along the way or can’t decide if it’s best to round up or down to choose the right dumpster size, feel free to give us a call at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver. One of our friendly experts will be happy to discuss measurements with you and help determine which dumpster size most closely matches your debris pile. Get in touch today for more information.