The dumpster is a waste container that is usually featured behind the Krusty Krab. It first appears in the episode "Graveyard Shift."


The dumpster is normally light gray, yellowish-brown, with brown rust markings and green goo stains, and filled with garbage bags. It is normally located behind the Krusty Krab.

In "Sailor Mouth," the dumpster is featured with graffiti on it.

Role in series

"Graveyard Shift"

SpongeBob takes out the trash in fear of the dark, giving Squidward the idea to tell him about the "hash-slinging slasher." This was the first appearance of the Dumpster in the show, but its placement was different. This is because the Dumpster was put in front so the Dump Truck could be able to reach it. This is the only episode to have the dumpster to not be in the back of the Krusty Krab.

"Sailor Mouth"

In this episode, SpongeBob goes out with the trash, to throw it in the dumpster. He then looks at the dumpster writing, looking at the words, then he finds the following words: "Krabs is a (dolphin chirp)."

"Missing Identity"

In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick go search for SpongeBob's name tag, Patrick attempts to help SpongeBob dig up the garbage to find his name tag, before Patrick eventually notices SpongeBob was wearing his shirt on backwards.

"Wishing You Well"

SpongeBob builds the The Eugene Krabs Memorial Wishing Well near the dumpster.

"The Splinter"

In this episode, Patrick attempts to treat SpongeBob's splinter, so when things don't work, Patrick puts garbage on SpongeBob's splintered thumb, which seems to make it worse. Patrick then walks away, leaving SpongeBob alone.

"The Other Patty"

SpongeBob puts a trash bag in the dumpster, but Plankton pops out of the bag with a Krabby Patty. He runs off, but the Krabby Patty explodes. Mr. Krabs explains that all Krabby Patties explode within five feet of the Krusty Krab.

"Squirrel Record"

In this episode, SpongeBob goes out to dump the trash in the dumpster. While he throws away the trash, he finds a book and says "You shouldn't throw away books." Then a slimy trash monster emerges from the dumpster. SpongeBob throws the book at the monster, only revealing that it was Sandy.

"Little Yellow Book"

SpongeBob delivers an order to the dumpster, and states that Squidward must have received a prank call. He leaves the order on top of the dumpster. Patrick pops out of the dumpster and finds a ketchup packet inside the bag, and says that it will go great on an old diaper that he found.

"Stuck on the Roof"

SpongeBob takes construction supplies from the dumpster to build a makeshift kitchen on the Krusty Krab roof.

"Krabby Patty Creature Feature"

SpongeBob hides in the dumpster from the Krabby Patty Creatures. Perch Perkins walks past, delivering a news report. When mutated Squidward grabs him, he quickly tells SpongeBob that Plankton was never affected by the creatures, and SpongeBob bolts out of the dumpster and to the Chum Bucket.

"Cuddle E. Hugs"

SpongeBob stands by the dumpster when he first meets Cuddle Eat Hugs.

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  • In "Missing Identity," the dumpster is much bigger than in normally looks in most episodes.
  • Dumpsters can be found throughout Bikini Bottom. Most are located in back alleys.
  • Sometimes in the DVD closed-captions, the "D" in the word, "dumpster" is capitalized. This is because "Dumpster" is a trademarked word like, "Frisbee" and "Popsicle." [1]