What You Should Consider When Renting a Roll-Off Bin

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What Size of Bin Do I Need?

When renting a roll-off bin you must decide how large of a bin you need. This question can be difficult to answer, but once you know the dimensions of a roll-off bin you can better calculate the size of a bin you will require. At Heartland Disposal & Recycling we offer 10 Yard,15 Yard, 20 Yard, 30 Yard, & 40 Yard roll-off bins. A cubic yard is approximately 3' x 3' x 3' square or cube. 

A 40 Yard Bin is 20' long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet high.

A 30 Yard Bin is also 20' long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet high.

A 20 Yard Bin is 14' long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet high.

A 15 Yard Bin is 14' long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet high.

A 10 Yard Bin is 12' long, 8 feet wide, and 3 feet high

Estimating which size is ideal for your project can be challenging. If you choose too small of a bin, you may not be able to haul away your debris in one load, requiring a 2nd load which will increase your over all disposal costs. Another scenario is that you could choose a bin that is too large for the job and therefore not end up filling the bin and wasting money.

Heartland Disposal & Recycling works with each customer individually to ensure that their specific needs are met, the right bin is chosen, and expectations are surpassed in terms of punctuality and rates.

What Am I Able to Put into The Commercial Bin or Dumpster?

This should be discussed before renting the bin. The list of commonly accepted items consists of:

General Trash, Construction & Demolition Debris, Furniture, Electronics, Yard Waste, Toys, Clothing, Shingles, Drywall, Wood, and Siding Heavy debris such as Bricks, Stone, Concrete, Asphalt, and Dirt are typically removed using a smaller bin to ensure the bin is not overloaded and too heavy to be picked up by the truck. Typically a bin can only haul away approximately 8 to 9tonnes of debris.

Additional fees may apply for Appliances and Tires. We ask our clients to place the Appliances into the bin last, so it is the first item that is removed at the landfill in a specially designated area before the remaining debris is dumped.

For hazardous materials such as Asbestos, we work with Asbestos Abatement companies to ensure the debris is properly bagged, handled, and hauled to a designated facility using Transportation of Dangerous Goods practices along with required manifests.

The main items that cannot go into the dumpster consist of:
Batteries, Paint, Stains, Lacquers, Railroad Ties, Solvents, Propane Cylinders, TVs and Computers, Dead Animals, Straw &Manure, and Liquids.

How Should I Fill My Dumpster?

The best way to fill the bin/dumpster is to make sure the debris/garbage is even in the bin. You do not want the trash creating a series of hills & valleys inside the bin. Loading things properly will allow you to stuff a substantial amount more into the bin and will also make for a safe pickup & disposal procedure.

When filling the bin, it is fine to compact debris down if it is below the top of the bin and not protruding over the sides as it is illegal and is dangerous when hauling. It is the client’s job to responsibly remove or rearrange the garbage until it is legal to haul.
If the roll-off bin is overfilled when the driver comes to haul it away, additional time and charges may be applicable for debris to be removed to the point where the bin is a level load. If the bin is overfilled and cannot be hauled away, charges may be applied for a "dry-run" where the driver leaves the site without the bin.

Asking Questions Is Essential!

When arranging a roll-off dumpster or commercial dumpster rental you should let our sales representative know what exactly is going in the bin, how large the project is, and the frequency of the pickup. Most of the time the representative will be able to help you figure out what size of the bin will work the best depending on what is going inside the bin, and if there is equipment being used to fill the bin. This helps determine how much the debris will be compacted and affect the total capacity of the bin.


Heartland Disposal & Recycling's core objective is to ensure the protection of the environment through effective waste management services. This includes diverting materials from landfills and focusing our primary efforts on recycling and materials recovery. To this extent, we haul debris to landfills and transfer stations that sort through the debris picking out recycling materials with the remaining unrecyclable debris put into a landfill.


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