What Makes Roll Off Dumpsters Different

roll off dumpsterWhen you’re trying to finish a big project, you need big muscle for clean-up. Did you know that construction produces about 40% of all waste in America? That’s a lot to haul. So have you ever considered a roll-off dumpster? Yes, believe it or not, there are actually different kinds of boxes to throw large amounts of trash in! Roll-off dumpsters aren’t exactly a budget dumpster rental, but they get the tough jobs done when a run-of-the-mill dumpster can’t.

Roll-Off Dumpsters

The name is an obvious clue. “Roll-off” comes from the fact that this model is on wheels to be able to roll its massive frame on and off a specialized truck for delivery and pick-up. They come in pretty standard sizes, ranging from a ten-yarder to 20, 30, or even 40 yards. Typically when you rent a dumpster for residential or short-term jobs, it will be a smaller size than a standard roll-off.


The largest roll-off models may have a small side-door installed to make getting rid of junk even more convenient. Who doesn’t like convenient doors?

Like all good thing in life, roll-off dumpsters do have their downsides. If you’re not careful you can scratch up the surface they’re placed on with their metal wheels. If you’re concerned about scaring a pretty new driveway surface, people have had good results setting the roll-off on plywood to keep it off the ground itself.

The Standard Dumpster

The standard dumpster and a roll-off have similarities, of course. Both simply haul junk away for your convenience. In a nutshell, the difference is that a solid roll-off dumpster will likely be at a job site longer and handle a higher volume.

Pro tip: Don’t order a single tiny ten-yarder if there’s any suspicion you’ll be taking on a forty-yarder job. Renting a single large roll-off will be much more affordable in the long run than having to rent a second┬ádumpster. Dumpster rental companies have seen it a million times — you have been warned, folks!

Remember, you can always ask your dumpster rental provider for their honest opinion on the size you’ll need. Captain Hook may be named after a pirate, but we don’t want to swindle you on overcharged dumpster space.