How Much Weight Can a 40 Yard Compactor Hold?

When it comes to weight limits, the type of material being placed in the container is a major factor. A 10-yard container can typically hold between 2 and 3 tons, or 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. However, if you need to dispose of materials such as concrete or brick, you can rent a special container for heavy debris with a weight limit of 10 tons. On average, 40 cubic yard containers have a weight limit of 6 to 8 tons, or 12,000 to 16,000 pounds.

So how much can a 40 yard container hold? Generally speaking, these trash bins can hold up to 5 to 6 tons, or 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. They are large enough to accommodate bulky and oddly-shaped materials such as construction debris, large household items, appliances and furniture. A 40-yard dumpster can fit between 230 and 250 33-gallon garbage bags or 12 loads of trucks. The average weight limit for this size dumpster is 4 to 5 tons (8,000 to 10,000 pounds).

Before setting a weight limit for your project, we'll need to know more about the materials you need to discard. Local landfills charge by the ton and overfilling the container will result in additional charges. To determine if this size is right for your needs, use our weight calculators or contact our team. There are several types of compactors available on the market today including vertical compactors, compactors for apartment buildings and roll-up compactors.

Stationary or separable compactors consist of a ground-mounted compactor connected to a removable roll-up receiving container which is usually 40 to 42 cubic yards in size (smaller receiving containers are available). The three main considerations when choosing a compactor are the cost of transporting garbage to the landfill, the cost of labor to handle it and the way in which landfill charges are calculated. A shutdown switch with fuse that can be closed (supplied by the customer) must be installed and visible from the location of the compactor's motor control panel no more than 50 feet from the compactor. Indoor compactors are typically about the size of a refrigerator while outdoor vertical compactors can fit in most standard trash bins.

Commercial trash compactors come in many different styles and sizes to meet specific customer needs.