Dumpster Dimensions – Utilities | seattle.gov

Photo of three trash bins

Rear loader trucks service the following dumpster sizes: 1, 1.5 and 2 cubic meters. Front loading trucks service the following dumpster sizes: 3, 4, 6, and 8 cubic meters with uncompacted recycling or trash and 2-yard or 3-yard dumpsters with compacted recycling or trash. The dimensions for 3 cubic meter dumpsters and roll-off bins containing compacted materials differ depending on the manufacturer, and the bins are not supplied by SPU.

Choose your storage area

To have a waste service in your home you need to have a storage area that:

  • Hard, flat and even
  • Convenient access for tenants and collection vehicles

Note: The model in the photos below is 5’6 “tall. Click or tap the photos to enlarge them.

Dumpster in the back

Photo of 1 cubic meter container

1 cubic meter container
Length = 78 inches
Depth = 30 inches
Height = 46 inches

Photo of a 1.5 cubic meter container

1.5 cubic meter container
Length = 78 inches
Depth = 35 inches
Height = 46 inches

Photo of a 2 cubic meter container

2 cubic meter container
(Shown with plastic lids)
Length = 78 inches
Depth = 44 inches
Height = 48 inches

Front loading dumpster

Photo of 3 cubic meter container

3 cubic meter container
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 43 inches
Back height = 57 inches
Front height = 48 inches

Photo of 4 cubic meter container

4 cubic meter container
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 54 inches
Back height = 63 inches
Front height = 53 inches

Photo of 6 cubic meter container

6 cubic meter container
(Cathedral style)
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 66 inches
Front height = 50 inches
Center height = 72 inches

Photo of 8 cubic meter container

8 cubic meter container
(Cathedral style)
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 71 inches
Front height = 58 inches
Top height = 88 inches

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