Common Dumpster Lingo

dumpster lingo

Within the dumpster world, the lingo is quite eccentric, and perhaps confusing at times. We want to make your roll-off container experience as seamless as possible, so we’ve created a vocabulary list of dumpster lingo to keep you in the loop of commonly used words within our roll-off sphere. 


Dumpsters are the general term for trash containers that are routinely picked up by trash collectors at a specified time frame. Some dumpsters are small, like those at your home for your residential trash, and others are larger, like those at apartment complexes and restaurants.

Cubic Yard 

The dimensions of a cubic foot measure 1 yard on each side of the square. With dumpster lingo, cubic yards commonly measure how much trash can fit within each of the various dumpster sizes.

Dumpster Permit

Ask us about permit requirements. Your neighborhood association or business complex may require a dumpster permit, particularly in cities and public areas, and you may be responsible for securing a permit. This does not pertain to private property.

Dumpster Quote 

A dumpster quote is the best available price to rent a dumpster or roll-off container. This rate varies by size and does not include additional fees (Delivery or Landfill Tipping) that may apply.

Junk Removal Company

A service that does all the heavy lifting and cleanup for you, so that you can relax and enjoy an expeditious job well done. A junk removal company uses its own trucks and containers to remove bulk waste and often completes the job in less than a day. The professionals at Breeding Roll Off Service perform similar work.

Landfill Fees or “Tipping” Fees

A landfill fee, also called a tipping fee, is a required charge imposed by either local or city governments to offload waste at a landfill. The U.S. average runs about $44 per ton.

Mixed Loads or Trash Recycling

This refers to renting a dumpster with various recyclables, such as cardboard, plastic, glass, wood, etc. A mixed load differs from a clean load, because it is mixed at your location and must be separated out at a sorting facility. These facilities are not common in the U.S., but are growing by popular demand.

Roll-Off Dumpster

Roll-off dumpsters are often referred to as roll-off containers, open-top containers, skips, or dumpster rentals, and refer to when you rent a dumpster. The term “roll-off” is because one side of the dumpster has wheels, and your rental literally rolls off the back of a delivery roll-off truck making for an easy delivery. 

Often, containers like the ones you will find at Breeding Roll Service have a "gate" or door on one side for easy loading of bulkier items.


A Tonnage refers to the amount (in tons) in which each dumpster size will hold.

Maximum Tonnage

The maximum tonnage is equivalent to the maximum weight of the material you are allowed to load in a dumpster or roll-off container for rent. We’ll let you know in general how much material it takes to reach the max. If you exceed the maximum tonnage, you will be charged per ton an overage fee. 

Now that you have a little better understanding of commonly used dumpster vocabulary, we look forward to chatting with you using roll-off container terminology. As always we welcome all of your questions, so please don’t hesitate to inquire about anything that piques your interest. Here at Breeding Roll Off Service, we are dedicated to making your dumpster experience as smooth as possible. Give us a call today!

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