The german term is Absetzmulde (Image search).

They look like this:
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Image source: Sirch GmbH
There are varios different styles of bulk goods containers that can be easily loaded on/off a truck, but I'm specifically looking for this shape.

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    In the US, large metal containers for refuse are called dumpsters. But many are of different shapes from the one illustrated.
    – bib
    Apr 13, 2016 at 11:48
  • I've voted to move this question to English Language Learners, where it will help more people. I've given you a +1 to get you off to a good start over there :) Apr 13, 2016 at 11:49
  • Yeah, generally a "dumpster" (from a trade name) in the US, also just "bin" and the like at times. ("Skip" is apt to get you dumb looks.)
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 13, 2016 at 12:15
  • @HotLicks Depends where in the world you are. In British English, "dumpster" doesn't exist, "bin" means "trash can" and describing the object in the question as anything other than a skip will get you strange looks. Apr 13, 2016 at 17:21
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    A dumpster which is dropped off at a location, filled, then picked up and taken away is called a 'rolloff', as opposed to a standard dumpster, which is left in a location, and a truck picks it up and dumps the contents then puts it back down.
    – barbecue
    Apr 13, 2016 at 20:00

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That's called a skip in British English. It may have other names in other dialects.

British A large transportable open-topped container for building and other refuse:
I’ve salvaged a carpet from a skip


A Google image search yields lots of examples.

  • Funny: I've image searched quite a few terms except skip because at a former job we reffered to roll on/off dumpsters as skips. Germans and our english!
    – mart
    Apr 13, 2016 at 11:55
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    Right, a skip is generally a trash receptacle. It doesn't have to be, but that's the first thing that will come to mind. Those are called portable hoppers
    – Phil Sweet
    Apr 13, 2016 at 12:25
  • Skip was the first thing I thought of when I saw the picture.
    – barbecue
    Apr 13, 2016 at 20:09
  • It's generally called the same thing in Australian English as well.
    – Glen_b
    Apr 13, 2016 at 22:42
  • So I rang up a local building firm. I said "I want a skip outside my house." He said "I'm not stopping you."
    – Stewart
    Apr 13, 2016 at 23:32

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