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Where Did the Dumpster Come From? January 10, 2019

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Where Did the Dumpster Come From?, Kerrville, Texas

The dumpster is one of the most instantly recognizable components of trash removal and waste management in modern society. But if you turned the clock back about 100 years, you might be surprised to learn that no such tool existed. To help illustrate the evolution of garbage disposal in the past century, here are a few interesting facts to know about the origins of the dumpster.

Who Invented the Dumpster & When?

Based on US patent records, George Roby Dempster is credited with the invention of the dumpster in 1935. Inspired to make his construction company more efficient, Dempster created the enclosed collection container as a way to simplify how crews gathered waste. While originally intended to serve only his company, other businesses sought out the solution for their own trash removal purposes, leading to the rise of the Dempster-Dumpster.

How Has the Container Changed Over the Years?

Before the dumpster, trash was commonly found in unregulated pits or on the street. But as industries and communities adopted the use of Dempster’s invention, it quickly became clear that the trash removal tool could help improve public hygiene and safety.

trash removalTo simplify widespread use, Dempster employed his knowledge of heavy machinery to create the Dempster-Dumpmaster in the 1950s—a garbage truck that could pick up the containers with a set of front-loading mechanical arms.  Most modern garbage trucks utilize similar technology to quickly and cleanly collect dumpster trash.

Given the easy application of the dumpster, it’s no secret that society still relies on this tool. Today, you can find them available in a wide variety of sizes and styles to improve functionality. For example, projects that produce a considerable amount of waste can use roll-off dumpsters—large containers that “roll off” of flat-bed trucks for smooth delivery and collection.

What Ways Do People Use Dumpsters Today?  

Although the original dumpster was created to collect construction waste, it can support many other trash removal activities. For example, many may use these containers to clean up debris left behind by a hurricane or other type of storm. Dumpsters are also common fixtures of business complexes or apartment buildings, allowing multiple tenants to place their trash in one convenient area.


When you need to take on a big trash removal project, turn to Lone Star Containers for dependable dumpster rental throughout the Kerr County area. Whether you need a 20-yard roll-off container to dispose of yard waste or a 40-yard roll-off dumpster to support your construction project, this team will help you find the right one for your needs—all for an affordable rate. Visit this provider online to learn more about their rental options or call the Kerrville, TX, office at (830) 257-0062 to schedule convenient container delivery.  

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