How much can a dumpster hold?

The Midsize Car Calculation

The typical weight of a 12-yard dumpster filled with concrete is approximately 12 tons. 

When a 12yrd dumpster is dumped out onto the ground it looks about the size of a midsized car. You may be able to look at this as a “full” 1 car stall in your garage. 

The Pick-up Truck Calculation

Take the bed of a full-sized pickup truck. 8’ X 4’ X 2.5’ = 3 cubic yards.

2 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 6-yard dumpster
3 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 10-yard dumpster
4 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 12-yard dumpster
5 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 15-yard dumpster
7 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 20-yard dumpster
10 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 30-yard dumpster
14 pick-up truckloads is equal to a 40-yard dumpster

The Garbage Bag Calculation - 13 gallons is a common size.

6-yard dumpster – approx 30 bags
10-yard dumpster – approx 45 bags
12-yard dumpster – approx 60 bags
15-yard dumpster – approx 70 bags
20-yard dumpster – approx 90 bags
30-yard dumpster – approx 145 bags
40-yard dumpster – approx 190 bags

Your Dumpster In Cubic Feet & Yards

The typical size of an oven is 3’ X 3’ X 3’. This is 1 cubic yard.

1 cubic yard of concrete or asphalt weighs about 4,000 pounds.


Yards to Tons: Cubic Yards x 1.4
Tons to Yards: Cubic Tons ÷ 1.4


Madison Dumpster Rental can help you calculate cubic yards and estimate the number of materials you need hauled away. With our help, you can keep the amount of waste materials within the ton cap and save money!

Calculate the cubic yards of waste you need to remove and shop for the best size dumpster rental.

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