What in the World is a Roll-Off Dumpster?

A rather common question heard in the dumpster rental business is, “what is a roll-off dumpster?”. When most people think of a dumpster, they envision an old, smelly steel trash container sitting behind a business or an apartment building. However, there are garbage dumpsters and then there are roll-off dumpsters. They each, of course, deliver very specific services.

As the industry’s leader in residential and construction roll-off dumpster rentals, 5 Star Waste is here to educate our customers on how a roll-off dumpster can provide the most efficient trash and debris removal for your home or business.

Standard Garbage Dumpsters


The standard garbage dumpsters are known as front and rear-loading dumpsters, which are intended as a commercial trash receptacle. Typically, they’re used for common municipal waste disposal in commercial and apartment settings. Sizes can range between 2 and 8 cubic yards and can only be loaded from the top. 


To spite the deceiving description, the terms ‘front loader’ and ‘rear loader’ only refer to how a garbage truck lifts the dumpster during removal and delivery – rather than how you load waste into it.


Additionally, a standard dumpster will have a lid to keep the vermin and vagrants at bay. Unlike a roll-off dumpster; standard garbage dumpsters cannot be used to haul away types of debris like construction or renovation materials, appliances or furniture.


The Roll-Off Dumpster Advantage


The primary purpose of a roll-off dumpster is for cleanup projects on residential and commercial job sites. Basically, projects requiring junk removal that municipal waste companies are not equipped for. Roll-off dumpsters vastly differ from the standard garbage dumpster in many ways beginning with size and shape. Their rectangular, open-top design will hold 10 to 40 cubic yards of debris and waste – or up to 20,000 pounds!


Another feature of the roll-off dumpster is that it’s geared to be a time and money-saving solution for the average customer. It does not matter if they are a homeowner or large scale business. The structure design provides for easy loading capabilities with both an open-top, and a door at the container end to allow for loading of heavy materials like furniture, appliances or concrete – without breaking your back.


The roll-off dumpster is, by far, the most versatile waste container used today for the purpose of hauling away nearly everything except prohibited items like; food and municipal waste, hazardous materials and large stumps. Some of the most popular reasons we rent roll-off dumpsters include:


  • Disaster cleanup
  • Roofing and house demolition
  • Landscaping renovation
  • Construction job site cleanup
  • Playground equipment removal
  • Concrete, asphalt and dirt removal
  • Apartment or home eviction cleanup
  • Garage, attic and basement clearouts
  • Residential and commercial renovations


TIP: Check with your local municipality for any permits required prior to your rental!


Having a roll-off dumpster delivered to you is super fast and simple. Simply contact us with your name, email, phone number, and your service request.

If you’re unsure of what size dumpster you need, a professional at 5 Star Waste can help you determine the appropriate size you require. Just throw us a few details and we can figure out the rest. From scheduling the delivery of your roll-off dumpster to the final pickup; our roll-off dumpster rentals help to cure the headaches of stringent deadlines; and we do so with convenient and professional delivery, nearly effortless loading design and prompt pickup.


Schedule your roll-off dumpster rental delivery today!