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Dumpster Dimensions

Rear-load trucks service the following dumpster sizes: 1, 1.5, and 2 cubic yards. Front-load trucks service the following dumpster sizes: 3, 4, 6, and 8 cubic yards with uncompacted recycling or garbage, and 2 yard or 3 yard dumpsters with compacted recycling or garbage. Dimensions for 3 cubic yard dumpsters, and roll-off style dumpsters that contain compacted materials differ by manufacturer and the containers are not supplied by SPU.

Choosing your storage area

To have waste service at your apartment, you must have a storage area that is:

  • Hard, flat and level
  • Convenient for tenants and collection vehicles to access

 

Note: The model in the photos below is 5' 6" tall. Click or tap the photos to enlarge.

Rear load dumpsters

Photo of 1 cubic yard container

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

 

Photo of 1.5 cubic yard container

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

 

Photo of 2 cubic yard container

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

 

Front load dumpsters

Photo of 3 cubic yard container

3 cubic yard container
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 43 inches
Rear Height = 57 inches
Front Height = 48 inches

 

Photo of 4 cubic yard container

4 cubic yard container
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 54 inches
Rear Height = 63 inches
Front Height = 53 inches

 

Photo of 6 cubic yard container

6 cubic yard container
(Cathedral-type)
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 66 inches
Front Height = 50 inches
Peak Height = 72 inches

 

Photo of 8 cubic yard container

8 cubic yard container
(Cathedral-type)
Length = 80 inches
Depth = 71 inches
Front Height = 58 inches
Peak height = 88 inches

 

Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000
SPUCustomerService@seattle.gov

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.