Choosing the Right Roll-Off Bin


Choosing the Right Roll-Off Bin

Renting roll-off bins makes it easy to contain and haul away trash, but not all dumpsters are the same. These handy containers come in a variety of sizes and shapes designed to meet nearly any need. From emptying the garage or cleaning up yard waste to holding debris from that big home improvement project, there is a dumpster that is right for you. Choosing the right size is an important part of dumpster rental.

Debris Box offers several recycling bins in various sizes. But, before you make a decision, think about the amount of trash you have, how heavy it is and how easy it is to load into a roll-off box. Other considerations may include your ability to lift objects above waist level and the amount of space you have for the roll-off box. Use these guidelines to help you decide which is right for you.

Standard Roll-Off Box

This box is referred to as a 40 and holds 39.11 cubic yards. It is 22-feet long, 8-feet wide and 6-feet high. This box is ideal for mixed loads and is large enough to hold roofing debris from a large home or a commercial roofing project. It is also suitable for cleaning out a large home or for holding yard waste that includes tree limbs. This size may also be suitable for holding debris when moving or when doing home renovation projects.


This bin is slightly smaller than the standard box and holds 32 cubic yards of debris. It is referred to as a 30 and measures 18-feet long, 8-feet wide and 6-feet high. Like the standard box, it can be used for mixed loads, but this one is ideal for shorter driveways. It can be utilized for a standard roofing project, to hold yard waste or to clean out an attic or a garage.

Standard Roll-Off Box - This box is ideal for mixed loads and is large enough to hold roofing debris from a large home or a commercial roofing project.

Low Boy

This bin is shorter and smaller than the others, measuring 16-feet long, 8-feet wide and 2-feet high. It holds nine cubic yards. This bin is ideal for heavy objects. Its convenient 2-foot height makes it easy to lift objects into the bin. Choose the low boy if you have a few heavy objects to get rid of, or if you are cleaning yard wastes consisting mainly of brush. It works well for short driveways and can be used for mixed loads.


A cubic yard refers to an area that is one-yard long, one-yard wide and one-yard tall and is the equivalent of 27 cubic feet. To estimate the number of cubic feet your debris will take up, measure the length, depth and height of the pile in feet and multiply them to find the number of cubic feet. Divide the number of cubic feet by 27 to determine the number of cubic yards.

If you are unsure which size roll-off bin will meet your needs, or are ready to have one delivered, contact us today. Our experts can guide you into making a choice that works best for you and your project.

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Jeremy Thompson

I like how you mentioned that standard roll-off boxes are best suited for roofing, remodeling, and tree care projects since it can hold around 39.11 cubic yards. That is timely to have for we are about to do some remodeling in our kitchen and bathroom, thus having a roll-off dumpster would be perfect. It would also help ensure that our junk wouldn’t be just lying everywhere. I’ll be sure to find a rental that can provide me with quite a nice roll-off dumpster for my needs. Thanks!

Frank Delaware

Thank you for this fantastic article about dumpsters! One thing that I really like is that you say that the standard size is about 40 yards. That sounds like it would be a good size for a home renovation.

Charles Mitchell

It got me when you explained that the low boy container is 16 feet long, 8 feet wide, and only two feet high because it is designed for heavy objects. I am sure that pots, rocks, and other things found in the yard are heavy. Because of this, I think I need to rent this kind of dumpster for the cleanup next month. After all, I will be the only one cleaning, and there are things, like broken fence materials, that I cannot lift high enough.

Millie Hue

It really helped when you said that (16 foot) dumpsters are best for driveways that are short. I guess I will be renting this one when we get the house renovated. Our driveway is really short because the neighborhood that we live in usually have houses near the curb.

rachel frampton

I have no idea how to dispose of my trash, which is why I’m currently looking for a roll-off dumpster that could be rented. Well, it’s great to learn that the roll-of box is also capable of holding construction debris. Thank you for also sharing here that we must opt for the right dumpster size.


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