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What size dumpster do I need?

Choosing the right size dumpster is not easy for everyone. It can sometimes be difficult to estimate how big the dumpster actually is. In addition, it is difficult to estimate in advance how much waste a renovation will entail. At Afvalcontainer Holland we understand this; you do not want to pay too much for a container that is too big. That is why we are happy to help you determine the right size.

Please note that these are indications. It is wiser to order a container that is slightly too large than one that is too small. Because ordering an extra container later because the container is full, will cost you more time and will come with a higher price tag.

Bathroom renovation / Bathroom installation

A relatively standard bathroom remodel often suffices with a 3 cubic yard dumpster. Think of the disposal of among other things, toilet, shower, wall and floor tiles, mirror and vanity unit which often comes with a bathroom renovation. Especially if you only want to dispose of the tiles and ceramic products, a 3m3 container is more than sufficient. Would you also like to dispose of other material such as a bath and/or shower cabin? Then our construction and demolition waste container is suitable for the job.

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The 3m3 dumpster, ideal for a bathroom remodel.

 

Kitchen remodel

Kitchen renovations are often more complex than bathroom renovations. If you want to tackle your kitchen properly, there are often several waste streams that are released, such as bulky waste, wood, rubble and also piping. For this job it is best to rent a construction and demolition waste container. For a kitchen renovation often a 3m3 container is sufficient, but with a somewhat larger kitchen renovation in a spacious house, it often happens that it is not big enough. A 6m3 container is then recommended.

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Soil Excavation

Although the excavation itself is quite a job, determining the size of the dumpster is relatively easy with soil. The amount of soil to be removed can be determined by a simple calculation of area times depth.

Calculation model soil excavation:

Multiply the amount of square meters by the area to be excavated ( length X Width ). Then calculate how deep you are going to excavate the soil in inches. Calculation example: The garden is 20m2 and you would like to excavate 20cm: 20 x 0.20 x 1.3 = 5.3m3 container. The reason why a factor of 1.3 is added is because soil is never completely airtight in the container as it is in the ground. Our experience shows that with a factor of 1.3 you will be fine.

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Floor removal

Floor removal is a fairly straightforward job. Depending on the type of flooring you have, laminate, wood, PVC, tile, replacing a floor will involve quite a bit of waste in all cases. When disposing of flooring, you can use the same formula as for soil. First, calculate the square footage and thickness of the floor and then multiply the amount of cubic yards you need by it. Do not forget the multiplication by the factor 1.3 because otherwise the airtight container removal is not included. Our experience is that the 3m3 container is often just too small for most renovations. A 6m3 container is therefore recommended.

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6m3 container

The 6m3 container, ideal for floor removal.

 

Breaking walls

When breaking down walls, you can use the same formula as you would for disposing of soil. First calculate the square meters and the thickness of the wall and then multiply the amount of cubic meters you need. Do not forget the multiplication by the factor 1.3 because otherwise the airtight drainage of the container is not included.

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Full house renovation

The bigger the job and the more complex the job, the more challenging it becomes to determine the right size dumpster size. For complete renovations of terraced houses/ detached houses you often have to expect a minimum of 15 to 20 cubic meters of waste to be required. If you have different materials that will be released during this renovation, then we recommend a construction and demolition waste container. If a natural stone floor is also being removed then it is cheaper to rent a small rubble container in addition to the construction and demolition container.

Also keep in mind that a major renovation often generates much more waste than previously thought. With a staircase renovation, this includes flooring, tarp or laminate. This is often more than expected. For a complete renovation of a first floor of a terraced house including the demolition of a kitchen, toilet, hallway, ceilings, walls, floors, we recommend a 12m3 container. Also all skirting boards, sockets, lamps, curtains etc. can go in the container. Take your time, the container may be left for 8 weeks.

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12 m3 container

12m3 container, indispensable for the big house renovation.

 

Garden renovation

If you are planning to remodel your garden, then you will undoubtedly need a dumpster. Whether you are landscaping a garden yourself, doing a garden remodel or remodeling a gazebo, count on a lot of waste being involved. If your garden is tiled, you can use the calculation formula for soil disposal. First calculate the square meters and the thickness of the tiles and then multiply the cubic meters you need. Do not forget the multiplication by the factor 1.5, otherwise the airtight container removal is not included.

Calculation example: The surface area of the part of your garden paved with bricks or tiles is 25m2 and the tiles are 6 cm thick: 25 x 0.06 x factor 1.5 = 2.25 m3. So a 3m3 debris container is enough for you. Do you have other things to dispose of besides these garden tiles, such as a fence, garden furniture or bushes? Then hire a construction and demolition container. This can hold several types of waste. Do you only have green waste such as shrubs, trees and plants? Then a green container will suffice. For green waste, it is useful to first put branches and trees through the wood chipper. As a result, much more fits in one container and often a 3m3 green container is sufficient. For an average backyard that is made plant, tree and shrub free, a 6m3 green container is often needed.

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Rebuilding the fence

Replacing a fence is also a job that can generate a lot of waste. Depending on the size of your yard and the fence, a dumpster when replacing the fence is not an unnecessary luxury. When removing a fence, you can use the calculation formula for disposing of soil. Please note that the wood of fences, decking and summerhouses is usually impregnated. Impregnated wood cannot be placed with wood waste because it cannot be recycled as such but can be placed in a construction and demolition container. Convenient is that you can then dispose of your garden set at the same time.

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