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What Is The Difference Between A Dumpster And A Roll-Off Dumpster Trailer?

Dumpsters hold trash, sure, but it isn’t always that simple. Dumpsters come in various types and sizes and each serves a different purpose.

So what is the difference between a regular dumpster and a roll-off dumpster trailer?

Why should you know? The differences matter based on the job you’re doing. They also affect what you pay. If you aren’t sure whether you need a r

egular dumpster or a roll-off one, keep reading.

It’s time to talk trash!

What Is A Plain Old Dumpster?

Traditional dumpsters are typically small—they’re the ones you find in the alleys around businesses and in industrial areas. They can provide an effective waste management solution for home projects and business owners looking to eliminate smaller amounts of trash.

These dumpsters are emptied by garbage trucks, which use hydraulic arms to lift the container and dump its contents into the truck.

What Is A Roll-Off Dumpster Trailer?

A roll-off dumpster differs from a regular one because its shape is typically rectangular and longer. They also come in a variety of sizes—10 yards up to 30 yards in our case. A roll-off dumpster has wheels attached so it can be moved from one area to another (from your job site to the dump, for example) unlike a regular stationary dumpster.

A roll-off dumpster trailer or truck is used to take the roll-off dumpster to different locations.

Roll-off dumpsters are commonly used in construction and demolition projects, as they can hold large amounts of waste and can be easily transported from one job site to another. Unlike stationary dumpsters, roll-off dumpsters do not have a lid, which makes it easy to load and unload waste materials.

Which Dumpster Do You Need?

To properly and efficiently deal with the volume of waste generated on construction and industrial sites, construction-grade dumpsters are often required. These might come with an open-top design, a swinging side door for dumping the contents, and roll-off wheels for easier transportation and placement.

The main difference between a traditional dumpster and a roll-off dumpster trailer is their mobility. While dumpsters are stationary and can only be emptied by garbage trucks, roll-off dumpsters can be moved by trailers to different locations and emptied on-site. This makes roll-off dumpsters a more convenient option for projects that require waste disposal at multiple locations.

Another difference between dumpsters and roll-off dumpsters is their capacity. Roll-off dumpsters are typically larger than stationary dumpsters, making them ideal for large-scale construction projects and other jobs that generate a lot of waste.

However, if you only have a small amount of waste to dispose of (for home renovations, do-it-yourself projects, demolition projects, and cleaning projects, for example), a stationary dumpster may be more suitable.

When it comes to waste disposal, two terms that are often used interchangeably are "dumpster" and "roll-off dumpster.” However, they refer to two distinct types of waste containers. One is emptied by a dump truck; the other is hauled off by a roll-off dumpster trailer.

Both are used for waste disposal, but they differ in their mobility and capacity. Stationary dumpsters are ideal for commercial and industrial settings where waste disposal needs are consistent and predictable, while roll-off dumpsters are better suited for construction projects and residential jobs. When choosing between these two options, consider your waste disposal needs and the size of the project to determine which option is best for you.

We have a great selection of dumpsters for any service need. We pride ourselves on being able to deliver within 24hrs of a call and can pick up just as fast. We also have a fleet of drivers ready to serve your dumping needs.

To make sure your project runs smoothly and stays within budget, fill out our contact form and we will help! Or just give us a call at 225-238-8000. At Southern Roll Off Dumpster Rental, we offer same-day delivery with flexible rental periods and swap out service as needed.

Southern Roll Off serves East Baton Rouge Parish, so you’ll be working with local people—not a nationwide company that doesn’t understand your needs. Give us a call and let’s talk trash!

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