Understanding Dumpster Size & Capacity

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Why Actual Dumpster Capacity May Vary 

Dumpster Footprint Sizes & “Typical Outside Dimensions”

The Typical Outside Dimensions listed on this site have been rounded for ease of reading, and are based on actual dumpster footprint size measurements issued by one manufacturer. “Footprint size,” according to the manufacturer, is defined as “overall dimension and includes the front wheels for length, toilets for height and widest part of dumpster for width.” 

Because numbers have been rounded and actual dumpster measurements vary based on manufacturer, any “Typical Outside Dimensions” included on this site should be considered a close approximation.  

Dumpsters by Size & Correlation to Capacity

Typically, dumpsters are named for the approximate number of cubic yards they can hold when full, which may also be considered their maximum capacity (e.g. A 30-yard dumpster could, in theory, hold up to 30 cubic yards of material). However, when in use, the actual capacity of each dumpster varies for many reasons, including the dumpster’s manufacturer and the container design, as well as the size, weight, and volume of materials being discarded. 

Standard vs. Elite Dumpster Capacity 

The capacity of the Elite dumpsters are less than Standard dumpsters to accommodate the attached portable toilet.

Determining the Right Dumpster Size & Capacity 

The best way to choose the right roll-off dumpster rental is to talk to a redbox+ Dumpsters expert. If you have questions regarding the suitability of a dumpster size for the project you are expecting, please reach out to your local redbox+ Dumpsters team for assistance in determining the correct size.

Other questions? Visit our Dumpster rental FAQ page.

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What Our Customers Say


  • Redbox helped me and my landlord buddy out after some undesirable tenants left our house with rubbish and mold. It was “Hoarders Buried Alive” and the sooner it was cleaned, the better our mental health was going to be.

    Redbox dropped and picked up the dumpster on the same day. The driver and owner of Redbox (Dan or Dave), had an approachable and affable demeanor.

    All other dumpster companies said they’d come next week which was not great for us.

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    – Laura R.

  • If you are in need of a dumpster for ANYTHING, most definitely use this company. Dan is absolutely amazing! Each time we needed a dumpster, he arrived promptly with no issues. This was especially helpful when our company had deadlines to get trash hauled away fast. Just take my word for it and use this company, don’t waste your time calling anyone else. You won’t regret it!

    – Sadie S.

  • The service was amazing! Not only did we have to make last minute changes but Redbox accommodated without any issues. The dumpster was clean and in great condition. It holds everything I needed to remove. I am so grateful for the great price with the services I received. I will definitely use their service in the future as well as recommended them highly to everyone I know!

    – Shynese S.

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