Dump Trailers vs Roll-off Dumpsters


There are many different types of dumpsters and they come in all types and sizes. The most common one is the roll-off dumpsters. These are often seen at construction and demolition sites. An alternative to roll-off dumpsters are dump trailers; they're also called rubber-wheeled dumpsters, and dumpster trailers.

Normal Roll-off Dumpster Anatomy


Roll-off dumpsters normally have steel feet and wheels. This can become a problem if the property that it's located at has delicate terrain like asphalt, grass, pavers, or nice driveway. Also the terrain has to be pretty level for a roll-off dumpster.


Roll-off dumpsters have to have a specialized vehicle to move or relocate the dumpster. This normally comes with a hefty relocation fee each time it is moved.


Certain municipalities require permits to place roll-off dumpsters near the street, but dump trailers don't require a permit because they're considered a trailer as opposed to a dumpster.


Roll-off dumpsters come in many sizes. They normally vary from 10 yards to 40 yards.



Normal Dump Trailer Anatomy


Dump trailers have rubber wheels. This provides a more cushioned load on certain terrain, especially grass, concrete or asphalt. This reduces the risk of damage to driveways, parking lots, and drop off locations.


Most dump trailers can be moved with any vehicle with a hitch. This makes relocating the dump trailer cheaper, and more convenient than roll-offs. Also they're easier to maneuver and fit into locations that may not be accessible to roll-off dumpsters.


Because they are considered trailers, dumpster permits are not required in certain instances were it would be for a roll-off container. An example would be parking it on the side of a city-owned street.


Limitations of Dump Trailers


Dump trailers are not common. Most companies provide only roll-off dumpsters. Because dump trailers are rarer, container swap outs are usually not available.


Companies will need to drop off the load at the landfill and return the dump trailer to your job site, and this can take several hours depending on your location.


Larger capacities, like 30 and 40 yard trailers, are generally not available.


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