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How Much Space Do You Need for a Permanent Dumpster?

Choose the ideal spot to place your commercial bin with these simple tips.

BySara Cifani| Last Updated:07/13/2023
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Tips to Streamline Your Commercial Dumpster Delivery

When it’s time to set up commercial trash service for your business, there are a few decisions you’ll need to make aside from which company you’ll work with. The first step is deciding on the location of your commercial dumpster — which depends on the size of the container you select.

Keep in mind that you’ll also need to factor in extra room to accommodate the delivery truck. To help you pick the best location for your dumpster, we’ve outlined the details here.

How Big Is the Average Commercial Dumpster?

First, you need to select a commercial dumpster size. Whether you own a business or oversee a large organization, it’s important to find the right size dumpster to handle your waste stream and fit comfortably on your property.

We provide 2, 4, 6 and 8 cubic yard permanent dumpsters to manage waste from restaurants, retail stores, schools and more. Dimensions for these bins range between 3-6 feet wide and 3-7 feet tall.


Dimensions in Feet (H x W x L)

2 Yard

6' x 3' x 3'

4 Yard

6 ' x 4.5' x 4'

6 Yard

5' x 6' x 6'

8 Yard

6' x 6' x 7'

*Exterior dumpster dimensions may vary by manufacturer, but the total volume is accurate.

How Much Room Does the Delivery Truck Need to Maneuver?

After you select a commercial dumpster size, it’s time to pick a location. It’s essential to keep your permanent dumpster clear and accessible at all times. Choose an area free of hanging wires, tree limbs or other obstructions that might block our truck’s access. Also, double-check that your dumpster can be reached by employees and won’t obstruct traffic.

Permanent Dumpster Spacing Dimensions




9 feet

13.5 feet

37 feet

Permanent dumpster spacing requirements infographic.

Besides the space needed for the dumpster, you’ll need to allow enough clearance for pickup and delivery. Our delivery drivers offer these general spacing recommendations to ensure proper clearance for the vehicle to lift and turn.

Delivery Truck Clearance for Delivery & Pickup

Approach Length

Lifting Height

Turn Radius

60 feet

20 feet

35 feet

Delivery truck clearance requirements infographic.

Consider Building a Dumpster Enclosure

Once they know the necessary spacing, many businesses choose to build a dumpster enclosure, or corral, to house their container — especially if it will sit away from the main building. Not only does this make your trash less visible to customers, it also helps prevent illegal dumping. The area within the enclosure, or the dumpster pad, is typically constructed with reinforced concrete to support the weight of your dumpster without cracking.

Always remember to unlock the enclosure on pickup day. This way, the truck driver can empty your dumpster, and you won’t be charged a trip fee. For gated locations or areas with restricted entry, it may be a good idea to give the driver a key or gate code so they can easily access the area.

Tips for Constructing Your Dumpster Enclosure

  • Make sure that your enclosure is a minimum of 14 feet wide by 19 feet deep for both small and large dumpsters.
  • At a minimum, the dumpster pad should be 6 inches thick and made of 3,000 pounds per square inch, steel-reinforced concrete. The right weight tolerance is important to prevent cracks.
  • An apron should extend four feet in front of the gate, with the top of the pad at ground level. This helps prevent cracks from the weight of the delivery vehicle and reduces the risk of injury.

Planning to build your corral yourself? Check out our in-depth guide to building a dumpster enclosure.

Do You Need to Have a Concrete Pad for a Dumpster Enclosure?

A dumpster pad is not required. However, it can help prevent wear on your parking lot from the weight of the container. Over time, one crack can spread to the rest of your lot, especially in areas with fluctuating climates. A concrete dumpster pad can help prevent the need for costly repairs down the road and eliminate safety risks for customers and employees.

You’re Ready to Set Up Commercial Dumpster Service

Keep these tips in mind to find the right spot for your container and streamline your commercial dumpster delivery. If you have other questions or need clarification on anything, we’re just a quick call away at 833-499-7510.

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