What Size Dumpster Do I Need When the Kids Get Out of School?

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May 4, 2018

With just a few weeks to go before the end of the school year, families all over the Northern Virginia area are looking forward to cleaning up, clearing out and enjoying their summer vacation. The cleaning up might be a bit of a challenge, however, if the junk that’s piled up throughout the school year is more than your curbside pickup can comfortably handle. When you have too much after-school waste to go into the regular trash, it might be worth your while to book a dumpster rental in VA. You might reasonably ask: “What size dumpster do I need for just kids’ stuff?” You might be surprised.

Kids Create Junk

Children bring messes wherever they go, and savvy parents are ready with towelettes and garbage bags strategically stationed around the house. Not all of that junk is the kids’ fault, though. Every day, schoolkids around the state of Virginia come home with piles and piles of paper from school. Graded assignments, art projects, seemingly random heaps of toothpicks and tongue depressors that they say is a birdhouse they made for you — there’s no end to the clutter a school can send home with your child. You don’t want to throw that stuff out right away, of course, but eventually you have to or your family will be crowded out by the avalanche. The end of the school year is an ideal time to clear that space.

What Size Dumpster Do I Need to Handle It All?

If you only have one child, or the child is in high school and knows not to bring home stacks of construction paper and fingerpaints, you might get away with regular curbside disposal of what does make it through the door. With two or more kids, especially if they’re still in primary grades, you might need more help.

Rental dumpsters basically come in four sizes, rated for how many cubic yards’ space they offer. A 10-yard dumpster, for example, has about 9 cubic yards of interior volume (the difference is a quirk of measurement). That’s about nine dishwashers’ worth of space before you hit the fill line. The 20-yard dumpster holds about as much as a medium-sized dump truck. Bigger dumpsters are available, but they might be a bit much for paperwork, old art projects, worn-out school clothes, a broken-down bicycle and the other stuff the kids have a knack for piling up during the school year.

Dumpster Rental in VA

If you have kids in the Capital Corridor area — or even if you don’t and there’s just a lot of junk in your garage — it may be time to look into a dumpster rental in VA. When you call ESI Waste for a free consultation, one of our reps can walk you through the process of renting a dumpster and having it delivered to your home or office. There’s never any obligation for the call, and we’re happy to book your dumpster rental over the phone. If you’re wondering, “What size dumpster do I need before summer starts?” the answer can be found when you call us for a quote.