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What are 20 yard dumpsters and what do you need to know about them?

The 20-yard dumpster is one of the most popular smaller-size dumpsters.

Is a 20-yard the best size of dumpster for my project? 

A 20-yard dumpster is an ideal size for a variety of reasons. 

This  works well to accommodate a number of jobs and is a versatile choice for any project. 

Also it is especially great for: 

  • Roofing shingles and disposal of roofing projects
  • Cleaning out entire homes or apartments 
  • Landscape work such as tree trimming, wood, or even dirt* (dirt cannot mix dirt with other materials) 
  • Demolition projects such as bathroom remodeling
  • Concrete Removal 


20 yard dumpster How much does a 20 Yard Dumpster Rental Cost 

What does a 20 yard dumpster cost to rent for a week in Kansas?

The price can vary depending on a few different factors. Generally, a 20-yard dumpster can cost around $480 nationally.

This price can either be flat or differ depending on the rental duration and how much weight is included.

So, if you want to learn more about how much a 20-yard dumpster costs, give Crown Dumpster a call to remember our affordable rates. 

How Much Can I Throw Away in a 20 Cubic Yard Dumpster?

Six pickup truck loads or 110 to 130 33-gallon garbage bags will fit in a standard 20-yard dumpster rental

The typical weight limit for a 20-yard container is 2-3 tons (4,000-6,000 pounds). The size of your project and the material you’re getting rid of will determine the weight limit of your dumpster rental. 

Your dumpster’s volume, or available space, is measured in cubic yards (e.g., 20 cubic yards). The term “cubic yard” refers to volume, not weight. 

The weight you can put in a 20-yard dumpster.

Depending on what you’re disposing of, the weight of a fully loaded 20-yard dumpster might vary considerably. 

Mulch, for instance, weighs roughly 1,000 pounds per cubic yard, but concrete weighs about 4,000 pounds per cubic yard.

Local landfills charge by the ton, and going over your dumpster’s allotted weight will incur extra fees.

Utilize our weight estimators or give us a call to determine whether this size is appropriate for your project.



Click here for a weight calculator to see what size dumpster you will need.

How Big is a 20 Yard Dumpster? 

These containers can vary slightly in size but will always be able to hold 20 cubic yards (link this to article about how much a dumpster can hold) of materials. 20-yard dumpsters are 4.5 feet tall. The footprint size in your driveway would be 22 feet long and about 8 feet wide. 


How long can I have my 20-yard dumpster? 

Typically a 20-yard dumpster is rented for 7-10 days.

If you would like the dumpster picked up earlier, let us know when you schedule your delivery, and we can arrange a quicker pickup free of charge.

Sometimes a  project is taking longer than you thought, you call us, and we can extend your rental for a daily flat rate.

For all dumpster related questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team, and we will answer any questions. 

How do I know a 20-yard Dumpster is Large Enough? 

If you aren’t sure that a 20-yard dumpster is large enough to accommodate your project, just call us! 

We can assist you in determining the right size of the dumpster, what you can and cannot throw out, and if a 20-yard dumpster is too big or small for your project! 



Related: Read, Dumpsters for concrete removal in Kansas city.

20 yard dumpster in KC FAQ about renting a 20-yard dumpster in Kansas City.



What am I allowed to put in my 20-yard dumpster rental?

A 20-yard container may hold drywall, household junk, yard debris, and other things. Concrete removal is also popular in our 20-yard dumpsters. 

Also, most of the time, we will take mattresses and appliances, but please call ahead and mention that to our staff. 

Local regulations might change, and we want to be fully transparent with our customers. 

Many of these items cost more to dispose of because landfills and transfer stations need longer and sometimes special equipment to dispose of them. 


Related: Read: Expert’s guide to 40 yard dumpsters.


What a dumpster company cant take in a dumpster. 

We cannot remove paint, asbestos, tires, or other hazardous garbage for safety reasons.

These things are hazardous to handle and might compromise your dumpster rental.

Contact our staff if you have any inquiries concerning the trash you dispose of.


Best way to fill a 20-Yard Dumpster

It is advisable to pack your bulky, heavy debris first by bringing them into the dumpster by using the swinging door.

To equally distribute their weight and effectively utilize the available space in your container, space these materials apart.

You may then fling small, lightweight things over the sides. 

Make sure your debris is level with or below the dumpster walls before we come for pickup. 


Contact us for questions.

If you need help or have questions filling a 20 cubic yard dumpster? Contact us by calling us!

 Contact us here if you need a 20 yard dumpster or have questions.


John Zuiker

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