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How Much Clearance Do You Need to Drop Off a Dumpster?

Last Updated: March 1, 2024

How Much Clearance Do You Need to Drop Off a Dumpster?

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One of the first things to decide when ordering a roll off dumpster is the size of the container. Dumpsters come in sizes ranging from a compact 10 yard dumpster to a massive 40 yard roll off container. These measurements describe the volume of the container. But you also need to take into consideration the external linear measurements of the container to determine if it will fit well at your delivery location and if you have enough overhead clearance for a safe delivery of the container.

The Logistics of Dropping Off a Dumpster

While it’s easy to measure length and width to determine if the dumpster will fit within a particular pad of space, understanding the height clearance needed is a different story. Drivers are very skilled and can drop off a dumpster in most small spaces. But they do need enough room to maneuver the truck into place for delivery.

There needs to be enough clearance to safely tip the dumpster into place as well as sufficient width to adjust the container into place. Obstacles that can make this difficult include low-hanging power lines, tree branches, or roofs. Adjacent walls, vehicles, or landscaping can affect the width clearance.

The delivery location space should be large enough for the truck to approach the container from multiple directions if needed. In addition, the ground should be level and sturdy enough to support the weight of the dumpster container and the trash load.

How Much Clearance Do You Need to Drop Off a Dumpster?

The clearance height needed for your dumpster accommodates both the hauling truck and the container itself. A typical roll off dumpster measures just under 8 feet wide. The height clearance requirement starts at 15 feet and can increase with the size of the dumpster.

An infographic detailing how much clearance you need to drop off a dumpster
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10 Yard Dumpster

A small 10 yard dumpster measures 3.5 feet tall by 7.5 feet wide by 14 feet long.

Clearance width: 10 feet

Clearance height: 15 feet

15 Yard Dumpster

A 15 yard dumpster measures 4.5 feet high by 7.5 feet wide by 16 feet long.

Clearance width: 10 feet

Clearance height: 15 feet

20 Yard Dumpster

A 20 yard dumpster is 4.5 feet tall by 7.5 feet wide by 22 feet in length.

Clearance width: 10-15 feet

Clearance height: 15-20 feet

30 Yard Dumpster

A 30 yard dumpster is 6 feet high by 7.5 feet wide by 22 feet long.

Clearance width: 15-20 feet

Clearance height: 15-20 feet

40 Yard Dumpster

The huge 40 yard dumpster measures 8 feet tall by 7.5 feet wide by 22 feet in length.

Clearance width: 15-20 feet

Clearance height: 20-30 feet

Watch for Overhead Obstacles

Obstacles that impact safe delivery vary based on your location. For example, in Denver there are some neighborhoods that have underground power lines, while some older areas may still have overhead lines. In a market like Houston, many homes have carports that can extend over the delivery area. The delivery truck must be able to get under these obstacles and lift the dumpster high enough to safely deliver the dumpster container.

The last thing you want when we come to drop off a dumpster is to encounter any delays or the need for a return trip. If you have any obstacles on your property or at your construction site, discuss these with us when you call to order. We’ll evaluate your specific situation and help ensure that your dumpster can be delivered safely and on time.

Discount Dumpster Offers the Most Delivery Options

Call us at Discount Dumpster to get the lowest prices in the area on a rental roll off dumpster. We offer fast delivery from our large inventory and work with you to get your dumpster delivered on time. That lets you get to work right away. Call us today for a free quote!

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About Monica Mayhak

I am an expert content writer with a depth of experience in the waste management and dumpster industry, with over 25 years of experience writing about construction, home improvement, property management, and education topics. As lead research writer for Discount Dumpster, I have expanded my knowledge and understanding of waste management, construction, and environmental issues over the past several years.

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