Commercial Dumpster Sizes

All of the common commercial dumpster sizes for businesses.


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Commercial Dumpster Sizes

The Right Dumpster for Any Business

All businesses need a way to handle their trash. Our commercial dumpsters come in multiple sizes to fit your business's specific waste needs. We also offer personalized trash pickup schedules and customizable dumpster features to make sure you get the perfect commercial dumpster for your business.

Whether you need waste management for your hotel, coffee shop, mall, bookstore, restaurant, or any other type of business, we've got the right commercial dumpster size for you.

Small Commercial Container Sizes

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96 Gallon Trash Can

The 96 gallon toter is made for businesses that generate smaller amounts of waste and have limited space. This container size is best for small retail stores, small restaurants that serve less than 50 people a day, and low-traffic coffee shops. With a capacity of 96 gallons, they can handle up to 9 tall kitchen bags worth of trash or recycling.

Best for:

  • Small retail stores

  • Very small restaurants

  • Small cafes

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2 Yard Dumpster

A 2 cubic yard commercial dumpster is the perfect size for small businesses, such as offices with 20 employees or less, or restaurants that serve around 100 customers a day. These dumpsters are small and can fit into compact spaces, making them a good option if your business lacks space.

A 2 yard bin is best for:

• Boutique retail stores

• Small offices

• Coffee shops

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3 Yard Dumpster

A 3 cubic yard commercial dumpster is good for small businesses that generate slightly more waste. Offices with 30 employees and restaurants that serve around 150 customers a day would be well served by a 3 yard commercial dumpster.

A 3 yard bin is best for:

• Boutique retail stores

• Small offices

• Cafes and small bakeries

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4 Yard Dumpster

A 4 cubic yard commercial dumpster is good for medium-sized businesses, from offices with up to 40 employees to rental properties with less than 6 units. This dumpster is also perfect for retail stores, entertainment venues, and medium-sized restaurants.

A 4 yard bin is best for:

• Small apartment complexes

• Medium-sized restaurants

• Mid-sized retail stores

What Is A Cubic Yard?

In order to understand how big any commercial dumpster is, you should know how big one cubic yard is.

A cubic yard is a measure of volume. 1 cubic yard will take up a space that is 3ft long by 3ft wide by 3ft high, or 27 cubic feet (3 x 3 x 3).

A 2 yard dumpster is equal to 54 cubic feet (2 x 27), a 4 yard dumpster is equal to 108 cubic ft (4 x 27), and so on.

Large Commercial Container Sizes

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6 Yard Dumpster

A 6 cubic yard commercial dumpster is a big container that can handle a lot of waste. This larger capacity dumpster is great for large schools, large offices up to 15,000 square feet, and hotels. This size dumpster is typically kept in a locked dumpster enclosure in the back or side of a property.

A 6 yard bin is great for:

• Hotels

• Large offices

• Retail plazas

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8 Yard Dumpster

An 8 yard commercial dumpster is the largest commercial bin size available. This size is made for handling a very large amount of waste, such as that generated by apartment complexes or large retailers up to 25,000 feet.

An 8 yard bin is perfect for:

• Grocery stores

• Shopping centers

• Manufacturing facilities

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What Commercial Dumpster Size Do I Need for My Business?

When determining the right dumpster size for your business, it's important to consider:

  1. How much waste your business generates

  2. How often you want your dumpster serviced

  3. What type of waste your business creates

Generally, the larger your business or apartment complex is, the larger the trash container you'll need.

Typically, the best uses for each dumpster size are:

You can also give us a call at (732) 366-9355. We're always happy to help you find the best solution for your project.

If you need more than one container to handle your business's trash, let us know! We can set up a permanent dumpster agreement that works specifically for your business.

Commercial Dumpster Dimensions and Capacity

Dumpster SizeStandard DimensionsDumpster CapacityTrash Bags
96 Gallon Toter35" long x 27.25" wide x 44.5" high175 pounds9 kitchen-sized trash bags
2 Yard Dumpster 6' long x 3' wide x 3' high 400 pounds24 kitchen-sized trash bags
3 Yard Dumpster6' long x 3.5' wide x 4' high 600 pounds36 kitchen-sized trash bags
4 Yard Dumpster6' long x 4.5' wide x 4' high 800 pounds48 kitchen-sized trash bags
6 Yard Dumpster6' long x 5' wide x 6' high 1,200 pounds72 kitchen-sized trash bags
8 Yard Dumpster 6' long x 6' wide x 7' high 1,800 pounds96 kitchen-sized trash bags
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FAQs About Commercial Dumpster Sizes

Here are answers to some common questions you may have about commercial bin sizes.

Business trash pickup frequency is up to you to decide! Our flexible, customizable pickup schedules allow you to choose when your permanent dumpster is serviced, whether that's weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

This way, you can customize your business waste pickup to your business's specific needs. This not only allows you to save time preparing for garbage day, but it saves you money. Only pay for the number of pickups you actually need.

Our commercial bins come in several sizes, from 2 cubic yard bins to 8 cubic yard bins. The best size for your business depends on how much waste your business or organization generates.

Both front-load and rear-load dumpsters have the same capacity for waste. The main difference between the two commercial dumpster types is how they are serviced.

Front-load dumpsters have metal slots on both sides for the garbage truck to insert its forks into, and then the container is lifted and emptied into the top of the truck.

Rear-load dumpsters connect directly to the face of the dumpster, meaning they don't have slots on the side and are easier to fit in smaller spaces.

Commercial dumpsters can be loaded with food waste, recycling materials, retail waste, and other materials. Typically, as long as its not hazardous waste, it can go into a commercial dumpster. Just make sure to separate recycling from trash.

The smallest commercial dumpster size we offer is a 2 cubic yard dumpster. This size is perfect for small businesses and is compact enough to fit in small spaces.

The biggest front-load commercial dumpster size is the 8 cubic yard dumpster, which is great for handling large amounts of waste. This size is perfect for large commercial entities, such as retail plazas, hotels, and 15,000-square-foot office buildings.

A 2 yard commercial dumpster can handle up to 24 kitchen-sized trash bags, or the equivalent of 400 pounds.

All of our permanent commercial dumpsters are customizable. You can get a dumpster with wheels or locks, and you can even choose for it to be made of durable, lightweight plastic.

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Are Commercial Dumpster Sizes New To You?

Most people, even business owners, don't think about how to handle their waste too often. If you've never rented a commercial dumpster, or you are switching waste management companies, we're here to help. If you need help determining the best commercial dumpster size for your business, please contact us!

Our friendly Sourgum Waste team members will be glad to help you through this journey.