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What is the right container for you?

There are three common types of waste containers: Roll-offs, front load containers, and compactors. Selecting the right container depends primarily on the quantity of waste you anticipate generating, and the space you have available to store the container. Three cubic yards is approximately the size of the bed of a standard sized pick-up truck

Roll-off Containers

Available in standard sizes from 10, 20, 30, or 40 cubic yards.

Front Load Containers

Available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 cubic yards


Available for commercial and industrial locations
Ideal for customers with a high volume of refuse or
cardboard recycling

So what size is right for your job? Below are a few of the common uses for waste containers and the average sizes needed. Feel free to contact Waste Nations customer service department if you are still unsure which size would be right for your job.

Home Builders

Generally, the 30 yard roll-off is appropriate for new home construction. Depending on the size of the home, the roll-off may also need to be swapped-out after the main construction is complete before the drywall goes up.

General Contractors

Roofing jobs: As a general rule for a single layer of shingles, you can figure that 4 squares will fit into 1 cubic yard of a roll-off container. So a 20 yard roll-off will hold an 80 square single layer roof job. If the previous roofers didn't remove the existing shingles before their roofing job, you'll have to take that into consideration when determining what size roll-off to order.


For the homeowner remodeling the kitchen, cleaning out the garage, or landscaping the yard, a 20 yard roll-off or small front-loading container should be more than enough. Think of it this way, it would take 8 to 10 trips to the dump in your full size pickup truck to equal the amount that the 20 yard roll-off container holds.

Apartment Communities

Month end cleaning and repairs are made that much easier by scheduling a roll off container to be placed at your complex. With an additional roll-off, you won't have to worry about going over capacity on your main compactor and getting a million complaint calls from your residents. Depending on the number of units being vacated, a 20 yard roll-off should be adequate. At the peak periods like Christmastime, a 30 yard roll-off might also be helpful when residents discard their trees, cardboard boxes, and wrapping waste.

Shopping Malls

Becauseof the high volume of cardboard, most shopping malls require an on site compactor and/or baler.  This will ultimately reduce the landfill fees you will be charged because of the amount of waste the mall generates. 

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