How To Fill A Dumpster Rental

May 2, 2021

There are a few different ways to fill a roll off dumpster rental. In this article we will go over the different ways that you can load your garbage into a dumpster that many people may not know.

1. Throw the garbage over the edge

This is the go-to move of probably most people that rent a dumpster, but this is only possible on certain sizes. If you rent any of the smaller sizes, like a 10 yard, a 12 yard, a 15 yard or a 20 yard, this would be pretty easy to do. The 20 yard is about 4 and a half feet high typically, so it's still feasible to throw garbage in over the size. If you rent a 30 or 40, however, this will be much more difficult as they are taller. Even some of the 20 yard dumpsters are tall, depending on your area. Take a look at some of the sizes on our website for your area.

2. Open the door in the back of the dumpster

inside of 15 yard dumpster from the rear
Inside of 15 yard dumpster

Many people may now know that almost every dumpster rental has a door on one end that opens up and out, allowing walk in access to the dumpster. This is how the larger sizes like 30 yarders and 40 yarders are typically filled up. There is a handle that you turn and lift, sort of like a locking bar, that will allow the back to swing open.

3. Make sure you observe the "fill line", and do not over fill the dumpter

Many people make the mistake of filling the dumpster so full it's overflowing - like the image below. This is a big mistake, and could result in extra charges because the driver won't be able to pick it up and haul it.

20 Yard Dumpster Rental

When you have all this material sticking out of the top, in most areas it cannot be hauled legally because the garbage could fly out all over the road. Many times this will result in a "dry run fee", which is typically around $200. This is when the driver comes out to pick it up, realizes he can't haul it, and has to come back another time. Save yourself some money and make sure you don't over fill your dumpster rental.


To sum it up, you can load a dumpster with just about anything, however it works for you. Many people don't know there is a door on the back that allows you to walk into a roll off dumpster. Also, remember not to over fill your dumpster. If you remember these 3 things when it comes to how to fill a dumpster rental, it will make your life easier and save you money! Of course you can always call one of our experts if you have any questions. You can reach us at