Dumpster Delivery Tips and Guidelines

How to Prepare for a Dumpster Delivery

Once you’ve rented a roll off dumpster, you need to prepare the drop-off location to ensure a successful dumpster delivery. Watch the video and follow the steps below to get ready.

Step 1: Make Room for Your Dumpster Delivery

Move cars and other objects away from the delivery area and the surrounding space. We’ll confirm placement instructions with you at the time of your order, in case you can’t be on-site for delivery.

Make sure the delivery area is also clear of hanging objects such as wires or tree branches. The truck will need 23 feet of vertical clearance at most, depending on the size of the container.

While preparing for delivery, keep in mind:

Space Need for a Dumpster Delivery

Step 2: Mark Your Delivery Area

Once you’ve cleared space for your dumpster, use cones or similar items to mark the drop-off area. This will help the driver place it exactly where you want it.  

If you’d like, you can lay plywood on top of your driveway to protect the surface from scratches or scrapes.

Step 3: Double-Check the Area on Your Scheduled Delivery Day

On the day your dumpster will arrive, make sure your drop-off area is still clear. 

To ensure the delivery truck has enough space to unload the dumpster:

Step 4: Know What You Can (and Can’t) Put in Your Dumpster

Before you start filling your dumpster, make sure you know what kind of debris you can put in your dumpster. Our service representative will explain which items we can’t accept in your area when you order.

Use the following as a guide for what can go in your dumpster:

Frequently Asked Questions About Dumpster Deliveries


Q: When will my dumpster be delivered?

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A: Our deliveries generally take place between 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. This can vary based on the current schedule and availability. Contact our customer service team if you have any questions regarding the timing of your delivery.


Q: Should I be home for delivery?

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A: You don’t have to be present for delivery. On the day of your delivery, simply make sure the area is clear and not blocked by anything else that may prevent us from accessing the drop-off area.


Q: How much space is needed?

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A: Our delivery trucks need roughly 60 feet in a straight line leading to the spot where you want the dumpster placed. The placement area should be at least 10.5 feet in width.

 We also need 23 feet of overhead clearance to raise the back of the truck and roll the dumpster off. The exterior dimensions of our 10 yard dumpsters are typically 14 feet long and 7.5 feet wide. The exterior dimensions of our 20, 30 and 40 yard dumpsters are typically 22 feet long and 7.5 feet wide and vary by height.


Q: Can I request a specific delivery time?

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A: Because our drivers may experience delays at the landfill, previous drop-off locations or due to traffic conditions, we cannot guarantee an exact delivery time. Your dumpster will arrive anytime between 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. on your delivery date. We will take requests for delivery times but cannot guarantee that the driver will be able to meet them.

Items to Fill Up Your Dumpster

Follow these simple dumpster delivery guidelines to ensure an easy, affordable rental. If you have any additional questions, give us a call at 1-866-284-6164.