Dumpster Specifications

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Dumpster Specifications
The City of Greensboro Field Operations Department provides trash and recycling collection services to commercial and multifamily developments that have stationary containers, commonly known as dumpsters. There is a fee for both types of service based on the level of service chosen. Greensboro services six-cubic yard and eight-cubic yard dumpsters.

Dumpster Placement
The City's garbage and recycling collection trucks must be able to easily access dumpsters. Service vehicles must be able to enter, service a dumpster, back up, and depart without having to make unnecessary maneuvers. The path for these trucks should not be obstructed by parked vehicles, medians, curbs, buildings or other obstructions. Service trucks must be able to lift dumpster to empty them without obstruction from overhead wires or tree limbs. Dumpsters may not be placed on public streets, allies, sidewalks or any public property. The vehicle approach and container must be on the same grade in order to be serviceable.

Garbage Truck Dimensions
Vehicle Approach

Dumpster Pad
Every dumpster must be placed on a concrete pad large enough to support the container and front wheels of the collection truck. The pad must be 18 feet long by 10 feet wide to accommodate one container. The City is not responsible for damage to pavement caused by one of our collection trucks. Net weights of service vehicles frequently approach 60,000 pounds.

Dumpster Pad Drawing
Cut Through Pad With Curb Standard Drawing
Double Dumpster Pad Standard Drawing
Single Dumpster Pad Standard Drawing

The enclosure entrance must be at least 12 feet wide to allow for adequate access for collection trucks. Enclosures with more than one container should add 10 feet of width per additional dumpster. For example, if your enclosure has two containers, the opening should be at least 22 feet wide. If the enclosure has doors, it must be constructed so that the doors remain open while the dumpsters are being serviced. If screening material is placed around the enclosure, there must be two fixed barrier guard posts placed behind each dumpster. Side posts are acceptable but not mandatory. The City's Engineering and Inspections Department has regulations for the materials that can be used for your enclosure. For more information, go to Chapter 30-5-1.4 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Greensboro.

Bollard Section Standard Drawing
Elevation Of Screen Enclosure Standard Drawing

Dumpster Use
The City's requirements for the number of dumpsters in apartments, townhomes and condominiums are:

  • Complexes with eight to 16 units must have at least one six-yard dumpster
  • Complexes with 17-24 units must have at least one eight-yard dumpster
  • Complexes with more than 25 units should maintain the same unit to dumpster ratio as stated above

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