Dumpster rental is a popular search term. When someone needs to rent a dumpster, they usually type that into the closest search engine, and away they go. When the page loads, they are met with a ton of dumpster company choices, but with so many dumpster companies, how do you make sure you choose the right one? Maybe you live right here in Memphis, Tennessee, or perhaps you need a dumpster in Washington, D.C., regardless of your location, this article is designed to help you make smarter choices when you choose a dumpster rental service near you.

What Is A Roll-Off Container?

roll-off in driveway It’s as simple as it sounds! A roll-off dumpster is a large trash receptacle placed in an area where you need to dispose of a LOT of waste, trash, or detritus.  A large truck places the container where you need it. You fill up the box, and then the truck picks it back up. It’s the easiest way to get rid of a gigantic mess. 

You Know What Dumpster Rentals Are, But Are You Talking To Someone Local?


Ahh, dumpster rentals. The glorious ending (or beginning) to your construction project. When you rent a dumpster, the company that’s providing it is probably the last thing on your mind. It would be best if you thought about things like:

  • Where will my next roll-off container come from? 
  • Is it from a reputable company? 
  • Will I get the correct size dumpster? 
  • Will they make the delivery on time? 

Taking us farther down the seemingly never-ending list of questions is the biggest one of all (in our opinion), am I renting from someone local to me?

Roll-Off Dumpster Rental Basics

Before we dive into locales, brokers, and other things, let’s start with all things related to dumpsters. It’s important knowledge to have and will help you pick the right dumpster or dumpsters for your job.

Do you have enough space for a dumpster?

This is another factor to consider. Dumpsters need space and so do the trucks to haul them away. Take note of overhead space and make sure there are no low hanging power lines, branches, etc.

Choosing The Right Dumpster Size 

With multiple choices how do you pick the right size? Let us break it down.

A 10-cubic yard dumpster = 3 full-size truck beds.

Our 10-cubic yard dumpster is $280 with a maximum of 4000 lbs. It’s perfect for small -scale projects like:

  • Light remodeling
  • Cleaning out your garage.
  • Junk removal.
  • Disposing concrete, dirt, brick, and tile, etc.

The 10-yard dumpster is an excellent choice for any homeowner looking to get rid of unwanted materials. Think garage or basement cleanouts, yard waste, and more! 

A 12-cubic yard dumpster = 4 full-size truck beds.

Our 12 -cubic yard dumpster is $315 with a maximum of 4500lbs. dumpster for construction We also offer a slightly larger dumpster than a 10 and a little smaller than the 15 cubic yard dumpster. Our 12 is perfect for: 

  • Construction projects
  • Larger home remodeling projects
  • And much more!

If you feel you need a bit more space than our 10-cubic yard but not so much as a 15-cubic yard, go with this option.

A 15-cubic yard dumpster = 5 full-size truck beds.

Our 15-cubic yard dumpster is $350 with a maximum of 5000 lbs. Suited for moderate projects like:

  • Larger deck or patio demolitions.
  • Landscaping projects.
  • Furniture removal when moving out.
  • Medium size bathroom remodeling.
  • Kitchen remodeling.

If you find yourself needing even more space, rent a 15-yard roll-off dumpster. It’s is an excellent choice for your waste, junk, or debris.

20-cubic yard dumpster = 6 full-size truck beds.

Our 20-cubic yard dumpsters is $450 with a maximum of 6000 lbs. 20 yard dumpster For larger cleanout projects like:

  • Disposing of large amounts of flooring. 
  • Removing roofing material or furniture.
  • Large bathroom remodels.
  • Window replacements.

Huge project? Get a 20-yard dumpster to make disposing of your waste materials easy and efficient.

30-cubic yard dumpster = 9 full-size truck beds.

Call our office for more information on renting a 30-yard dumpster. Contractors rates are available.  a 30 yard dumpster in memphis tn An Industrial waste management solution:

  • Factories and manufacturing facilities
  • Large residential cleanouts and remodels
  • Any large disposal tasks

Our 30-yard container is just what you need for anything from industrial projects to large-scale home renovations.  High-rises, shopping centers, restaurants and even residents of Memphis can all benefit from this large dumpster.

Our Conclusion? Bigger Is Better

It is always better to overestimate the size of your dumpster versus underestimating it. Overloading a dumpster can create a safety hazard and often leads to additional fees. You might even need another dumpster to have your debris safely hauled away. Suppose you have 17-18 cubic yards of debris, and you try to fit it in the 15 cubic yard dumpster. It just won’t fit. In the end, you’ll end up using two dumpsters – one 15-yard and later another 10-yard dumpster, making your estimated total cost to $350 + $280 = $630.  Starting with a 20-yard container would have saved you $230.00!

Sizes – In Conclusion

Take into consideration things like space, rental times, and how quickly you can fill up your dumpster. Maybe one big dumpster will do the job, or perhaps several smaller roll-off containers would be a better choice for you. It all depends on your unique situation. If you have questions, you should pick a local company and give them a call. If you are in the Memphis area, Jakes Dumpsters would be more than happy to help you with your next project. Call us today.

What is the scope of your project?

The scale of your project determines the size of the dumpster you will need. Naturally, the larger the volume of waste generated, the larger the size of the dumpster required. How can you estimate this volume? Sizes of dumpsters are typically measured in cubic yards (a unit of measurement for volume). Why are dumpsters measured in cubic yards? It’s because cubic yards are a simple, intuitive way to visualize measurements in 3-dimensions – length, width, heightHere’s how you can imagine a cubic yard: The volume of a cube is 3 feet wide, 3 feet tall, and 3 feet long. Still, confused? Check out this helpful YouTube video, and it’ll help you visualize a cubic yard. To put it into context, let’s use items you are familiar with; you can think of it as volume (or space occupied) by two washing machines kept together or a typical household stove. Some quick calculations to further solidify the concept:

1 yard = 3 feet 1 foot = 12 inches = 1/3 of a yard So, if you have debris spread over 3 ft width, 9 ft length, and 12 inches height, you have: (3/3) yard *(9/3) yard *(1/3) yard = 1 cubic yard of debris

What Do People Put In Dumpsters?

A roll-off dumpster is often used to get rid of the following:

  • Construction Debris
  • Remodeling Debris
  • Yard Waste
  • And much, much more!

The uses are practically endless. Roll-offs are perfect for almost any construction, remodel, or situation where you need to get rid of debris.

Some Things Can’t Be Put In A Dumpster

Certain types of debris or waste probably won’t be allowed in your roll-off dumpster rental. So, a simple question to start:

What kind of materials are you getting rid of?

Most cities and towns have strict regulations on what you can and cannot be put into a dumpster. For this, local regulations should be followed but generally speaking: You can use dumpsters to dispose of roof shingles, garage or basement debris, concrete, brick, soil, and trash. But dumpsters should not be used for hazardous materials, flammable equipment, railroad ties, radioactive material, car batteries, etc. Again that depends on your locale and the company you choose. Here at Jakes Dumpsters, we do not allow the following: 

  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Liquids
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Freon Containing Equipment 
  • Closed Drums or Barrels

Not sure your waste is allowed in a dumpster? Give us a call! 

Picking The Right Business For Your Next Dumpster Delivery

As we stated above, you’ll find a lot of dumpster rental companies. Many of the companies you’ll find aren’t even in your city. They are brokers, commonly known as middlemen. They hire local companies to the lifting for them, making a profit off of you. When looking, choose local! What does that mean exactly? Local means next day. Well, not always, but you can count on a local company to do what they say more often than not. A next day promise that isn’t fulfilled can make or break your project. Whether it’s delivery, pickup, or a dumpster swap out, a local company controls their business’s ins and outs. They can give you a much more accurate picture of what their schedule looks like and if a “next day” service is available.

Jakes Dumpsters – At your service in Memphis, Tennessee. For all your disposal needs.

We hope the above information gave you a clearer idea of how to pick the right dumpster for your next project. As mentioned earlier, you can always reach out to us for guidance. We want your disposal needs to be met with ease and excellent service. We offer convenient dumpster rentals with an experience that only a local company can provide. With us, you’ll get:

  • Quick Turnaround Times
  • Clean Dumpsters
  • Safe Drop-off/Pickup
  • Friendly Service

Let us take care of the heavy lifting for you!