2 Yard Dumpsters

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2 yard dumpster

Commonly used for:

  • Small restaurants
  • Medical offices
  • Companies of less than 25 employees


2 yard dumpster rentals are generally the smallest containers offered by waste management companies. A basic 2 yarder is usually 3 feet long, 3 feet in height, and 6 feet wide with a weight capacity of 400 lbs. Most of the items placed in a 2 yard dumpster consist of everyday trash, such as paper plates, coffee filters, food wrappers, and plastic debris. Dumpsters of this size are generally placed next to a backdoor or in a shared space used by a number of organizations that occupy the same building.


2 yard dumpster rentals are the smallest permanent waste containers offered by waste management companies. This dumpster size is designed for commercial establishments with low volume waste streams comprised of municipal solid waste such as food scraps, paper waste, and plastics. You will generally find these dumpsters on the premises of office buildings with up to 25 employees, small retailers, and low traffic restaurants.

This particular dumpster size is very common among small business owners and franchisees who occupy strip malls and small boutiques. Generally, these businesses produce less waste as a result of having fewer employees and offering either products with a long shelf life or their business is part of the services industry.

Smaller medical clinics/offices can also utilize the 2 yard dumpster size so long as no infectious waste is placed inside the dumpster. In this setting, the dumpster is only suitable for municipal solid waste (e.g. paper, plastics, and food waste). Waste produced by medical procedures and treatment is classified as hazardous waste and must be handled separately from regular MSW. Larger hospital settings will need to contract with licensed haulers to have their waste removed in accordance with federal law.


2 yard dumpsters can be placed virtually anywhere on-site so long as there is enough room for the collection vehicle. Most waste management companies utilize front-loading garbage trucks that lift the bin over the truck’s cabin and deposits the refuse into the rear compartment, called a hamper. For this reason, its best to place your dumpster away from any parking spaces or high-traffic areas of your property; that way the garbage truck has unobstructed access to the bin every time it arrives to pick up the trash.

Stores and eateries located in a strip mall will typically have these dumpsters placed by a back door so employees do not have to venture far to take out the trash. Other establishments might keep their dumpster in a communal space used by other organizations to store their dumpsters. In many cases, buildings that share occupants will use separate dumpsters, but place them in the same location on the property. This makes weekly pickup easier for the hauler, especially if the same company is contracted with other tenants in the same building.