Whether you are ready to clean out your home and you're downsizing, or you have a big construction project going on, understanding the type and size of dumpster you need is important. You can choose from a variety of sizes, and rent a dumpster for a week, a month, or more depending on what your needs are. If you are getting ready to work on a big project and you aren't sure what size of dumpster you need, take the time to assess the amount of waste you will accumulate. In the end, the right sized dumpster will save you money.

The Size of Dumpsters Available 

Dumpsters are measured by the amount of waste they are capable of holding. Standard size dumpsters are ten yards, twenty yards, thirty yards, and forty yards. This number refers to the cubic yardage inside the dumpster and not to the length of the dumpster itself. You will need to consider how much waste you have, how high the sides of the dumpster are, and if it is possible for you to physically get the waste inside the dumpster.

Determine Where the Dumpster Will Go

You want to have your dumpster placed as close to the waste you are throwing away as possible. This will save you time and energy as you throw away your debris. Measure out an area where you think the dumpster will go, and make sure the truck bringing the dumpster will have enough room to bring the dumpster to this area. The place you decide to put your dumpster should be reasonably level and free from any obvious hazards.

Look at the Type of Debris You Have

If you are throwing away hard objects such as furniture, wood, or tree limbs, these items aren't going to bend. Large items will take up more room than you might expect, and you won't be able to utilize every square yard of the dumpster. If you are throwing away yard debris, mulching the leaves will make it easier to fill up the dumpster with more yard waste. It is always better to overestimate your dumpster needs than to be left with a full dumpster and still have more waste to throw away.

As you get ready for your next project, take the time to talk with friends or family members who may have more experience renting a dumpster. Also consult professionals for their opinion on the matter. For more information on dumpster rentals, visit a site like http://www.dibussolocontainerservice.com.