Choosing a Dumpster Size

Since most collection is done weekly, we base all of our estimates on the amount of garbage generated per week. 

Estimating non-compacted garbage and recycling

Multifamily buildings require 1.5 cubic yards per week per 10 units of housing for each recycling and garbage. Learn about food composting for building owners and managers.

See information on dumpster dimensions.

Estimating compacted garbage

If you have a compaction system, divide the number of cubic yards by 3 to get the number of compacted cubic yards most compactors will achieve. A building with 6 cubic yards of garbage would have 2 cubic yards of compacted garbage.

New building projects

For help in planning space and estimating sizes and location of garbage or apartment recycling containers inside new building projects, contact Angela Wallis at angela.wallis@seattle.gov or (206) 684-4166.

Related links

Recycling for Apartment Owners
Food & Yard Waste for Apartment Owners