Understanding Cubic Yards

Cubic Yards Explained

Heartland Recycling Services provides roll off dumpsters that are measured by the volume of material that they can carry. Typical sizes of dumpsters range from 10, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yards in total volume capacity.

A cubic yard is simply one yard (3 feet) long x one yard (3 feet) wide x one yard (3 feet) high. A cubic yard is also equal to 27 cubic feet. To picture this, two washing machines are just over a cubic yard in volume.

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Please Note

Note: Volume is not equal to weight limit in regards to the size of a dumpster. In addition to knowing the total volume of what you’re throwing away, knowing the approximate weight of these items will help you avoid overage fees and receive the right size dumpster for your project.

Measure Your Junk

Measure your waste items to determine your dumpster rental size

Measuring cubic yards is easy! First you will need to measure the area and then calculate the volume. Use the steps below:

  1. Measure the length, width, and height in feet for the area your waste items are taking up. Always best to round up!
  2. Multiply the length x width x height to determine total cubic feet.
  3. Convert cubic feet into cubic yards by dividing total cubic feet by 27. (cubic feet ÷ 27 = cubic yards).

Comparing Sizes

10 Yard

Heartland provides 10 yard roll off dumpster rental

Holds 10 cubic yards or about 3 pickup truck loads

20 Yard

Small roll off dumpster rental provided by Heartland Recycling Services

Holds 20 cubic yards or about 6 pickup truck loads

30 Yard

Heartland Recycling Services 30 Yard Dumpster Rental

Holds 30 cubic yards or about 10 pickup truck loads

40 Yard

40 yard roll off dumpster rental provided by Heartland Recycling Services

Holds 40 cubic yards or about 15 pickup truck loads

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