Dumpster Conversions

Visualize Dumpster Size & Volume With a Practical Item

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Most home and business owners understand the value of a roll-off dumpster for cleanup, construction or other miscellaneous projects. However many people have trouble deciding on the right size roll off to rent. Even when looking at dumpster dimensions it’s difficult figuring out how that translates into real-world applications. That’s why we’ve put together this page covering dumpster sizes and their real-world conversions. Always wondered how many wheelbarrows of yard waste a 10 yard dumpster will accept, well wonder no more. This page will give you an exact figure based on the size of your wheelbarrow. As long as you have a garbage can, pickup truck, dump truck or wheelbarrow, you should be able to estimate a bit more accurately just how much space you’ll need for your junk, then you can pick out an appropriately sized dumpster.

Real-World Comparison Charts

We have created five comparison tables of most commonly used items for the home or business owners looking for a fast reference to help them understand dumpster size, dimensions, and volume. These are:

  1. Brute Trash Cans
  2. Wheelbarrows
  3. Pickup Trucks
  4. Dump Trucks
  5. Item Fit Chart

If these are still not helpful enough or you just have a big pile of debris that you could simply measure it, you can use our dumpster weight calculator.

1) Brute Trash Cans

Brute Trash cans are a common way that debris are cleaned up. Brute cans are used around homes, businesses, and offices. They’re relied upon to handle recycled material, waste or just about anything else. If you’ve made use of these types of containers in the past, it’s easy to estimate how many of them it will take to clean up a particular mess. Because of that, we decided to make up a chart based around Brute trash cans specifically. If you are interested in estimating based on these cans, make sure you know the right-size can that you have. Then start figuring out just how much space you’ll need to accommodate all your garbage. Here’s the chart to help you decide how large of a dumpster to get based on the number of trash cans worth of garbage you have.

Brute Trash Cans10 Gallon Can20 Gallon Can32 Gallon Can44 Gallon Can55 Gallon Can
10 Yard Dumpster173 loads86 loads54 loads39 loads31 loads
15 Yard Dumpster260 loads130 loads81 loads59 loads47 loads
20 Yard Dumpster346 loads172 loads108 loads78 loads62 loads
30 Yard Dumpster519 loads258 loads162 loads117 loads93 loads
40 Yard Dumpster692 loads344 loads216 loads156 loads124 loads

2) Wheelbarrows

When performing yard work the most common way to handle items is a wheelbarrow. Wheelbarrows come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they make it quick and convenient to move stuff and rubbish. If you’re familiar with a particular type of wheelbarrow, you would probably find it easiest estimating how many wheelbarrows loads a yard project is going to create for you. That’s why we built an entire chart around wheelbarrows and how they correlate to dumpsters in real life. Make sure you know the proper size of your wheelbarrow and then make use of this chart to determine what size roll off you’ll need for that next landscaping project. Take a look at the chart below and you’ll quickly be able to pick the most appropriate size for you.

Wheelbarrows3 cu. Feet4 cu. Feet5 cu. Feet6 cu. Feet7 cu. Feet
10 Yard Dumpster90 loads68 loads54 loads45 loads39 loads
15 Yard Dumpster135 loads101 loads81 loads68 loads58 loads
20 Yard Dumpster180 loads135 loads108 loads90 loads77 loads
30 Yard Dumpster270 loads203 loads162 loads135 loads116 loads
40 Yard Dumpster360 loads270 loads216 loads180 loads154 loads

3) Pickup Trucks

Pickup trucks are the standard way to tackle cleanup and building tasks. Most business owners that deal in construction or landscaping rely on a pickup, and if you’ve been working with one for long you probably know just how many loads it will take to get the job done. Here’s an overview of different pickup truck beds and how they transfer into our dumpsters. Make sure you know what size your bed is to accurately decide which dumpster you are going to use.

Pickup Trucks5 Foot Bed6 Foot Bed8 Foot Bed
10 Yard Dumpster6 loads5 loads4 loads
15 Yard Dumpster9 loads8 loads6 loads
20 Yard Dumpster12 loads10 loads8 loads
30 Yard Dumpster18 loads15 loads12 loads
40 Yard Dumpster25 loads20 loads16 loads

4) Dump Trucks

While a dump truck isn’t something that many business owners or homeowners makes use of, if you do happen to use a dump truck on a daily basis, it’s almost guaranteed that you know how many loads in the truck a particular project is. That’s why we built a chart letting you know exactly which dumpster size to get based on total dump truck loads. Consider the project at hand, and how many truckloads it will take you to get rid of the waste. Here’s the chart, use it to come up with the best possible option for your needs.

Dump TrucksDump Truck Loads
10 Yard Dumpster1
15 Yard Dumpster1.5
20 Yard Dumpster2
30 Yard Dumpster3
40 Yard Dumpster4

5) Oversized Item Fit Chart

If you have oversized items (like lumber, siding or furniture) that must fit into the dumpster, here’s an overview of the maximum interior dimensions you’ll have available based on dumpster size.

Item Fit ChartMaximum WidthMaximum LengthMaximum Height
10 Yard Dumpster8’10’4’
15 Yard Dumpster8’15’4’
20 Yard Dumpster8’20’4.5’
30 Yard Dumpster8’20’6’
40 Yard Dumpster8’20’8’


Complete Dumpster Comparison Infographic

If the quick chart up above wasn’t complete enough, or it doesn’t have a size that you’re most concerned with, the infographic below should clear things up. It’s more specific, it’s more in-depth and should have sizes that you can work with. Use the chart to compare with containers that you have around your home or business, and you’ll know exactly what you can expect from that dumpster.