Dumpster Size Calculator

Worried about choosing the wrong size dumpster for your project? Say goodbye to guesswork and costly mistakes with our free, user-friendly Dumpster Size Calculator!

Dumpster Size Calculator

Why use our calculator?

  • Save time and money: Accurately estimate your debris volume and avoid renting an oversized dumpster, saving you money on unnecessary fees.
  • Reduce stress and hassle: Skip the complex manual calculations and confusing material weight information. Our calculator does the heavy lifting for you.
  • Boost project efficiency: Choose the perfect size dumpster to ensure smooth project completion without delays or interruptions.
  • Minimize waste and be environmentally friendly: Select the right size to manage waste responsibly and avoid unnecessary disposal costs.

How it works:

  1. Select your material type: Choose from a wide range of common materials, including dirt, concrete, wood, asphalt, and more.
  2. Enter your dimensions: Simply input the length, width, and height of your debris pile in feet.
  3. Get your instant recommendation: Our calculator instantly calculates the estimated volume and recommends the perfect dumpster size for your needs.

Supported Materials:

MaterialDescriptionApproximate Pounds/Cubic Yard
Burn Dump Debris/Ash800-10001500-1800
Wet for Dust Suppression
Wet mixed with soil
Construction Debris, Asphalt or ConcreteLoose2400
Construction Debris, WoodUncompacted400
(Increase up to 100% if compacted using heavy equipment)
(Plus 30% when compacted)
Gravel or Crushed StoneLoose/Dry2600
(Increase 20% if wet)
Household Trash800
Liquid Waste1600 (202 gal./cubic yard ~ 7 Lbs./Gal.)
(Waste Oil, Solvent)
Metals, Un-compactede.g. Appliances, Metal Siding600
(Increase 20% if damp and 30% if wet/compacted)
Stone, Graded 8” max.Loose2700
(e.g. Gabion Construction. Increase 10% consolidated, in place)
Wood Chips, Shredded/Dry/ Wood Chips/Bark w/30% Soil300
Yard Waste (Vegetation)Loose600

Additional Features:

  • Live volume calculation: See the volume update as you enter dimensions for real-time feedback.
  • Customizable options: Enter the specific weight per cubic yard for unique materials not listed.
  • Clear recommendations: Understand the rationale behind the recommended size, including the calculated volume.

Don’t waste time and money on oversized dumpsters! Use our Dumpster Size Calculator to ensure a smooth, efficient, and cost-effective project experience.

Get started now!

  • Calculate your dumpster size: Simply enter your project details and get your instant recommendation.
  • Learn more about our services: Visit our website to explore our dumpster rental options and waste disposal solutions.
  • Share with your friends and colleagues: Help them navigate their projects with ease using our free calculator.

Remember, choosing the right dumpster size is crucial for a successful project. Let our calculator guide you to the perfect fit!


  1. What materials can I include in the calculator?

The calculator supports a wide range of common materials, including dirt, concrete, wood, asphalt, yard waste, household trash, and more. If your material isn’t listed, you can enter its specific weight per cubic yard for a customized recommendation.

  1. Can I use the calculator for commercial projects?

Absolutely! Our calculator is suitable for projects of all sizes, from residential renovations to large-scale construction sites. Simply enter the material type and dimensions of your debris pile to get an accurate recommendation.

  1. What if I’m unsure about the dimensions of my debris pile?

Estimating the dimensions can be tricky, but don’t worry! We offer some helpful tips and guidelines on our website to assist you in measuring your pile accurately. Additionally, even slightly inaccurate measurements will still provide a valuable size estimate.

  1. Will the recommended size definitely fit all my debris?

While the calculator strives for accuracy, unforeseen factors like compaction or moisture content can affect the final volume. We recommend adding a slight buffer (10-20%) to your estimated volume to ensure your chosen dumpster accommodates all your materials comfortably.

  1. I need to dispose of hazardous materials. Can the calculator help?

Our calculator is specifically designed for common construction and household waste materials. Hazardous materials require special handling and disposal procedures. Please contact your local waste management authority or a licensed hazardous waste disposal company for guidance.