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Dumpster Diving: Exploring Types Of Dumpsters And Their Uses

by Micheal Curtis

Dumpsters are a crucial part of waste management and come in many different sizes and types to accommodate various needs. Here are some of the most common types of dumpsters and their uses.

Roll-Off Dumpsters

Roll-off dumpsters are the most common type of dumpster used for construction and demolition waste. They are typically delivered to the job site on a flatbed truck and can be rolled off onto the ground. 

Roll-off dumpsters are available in a range of sizes, which allows them to accommodate even the largest cleanup and demolition projects.

Front-Load Dumpsters

Front-load dumpsters are typically used for commercial waste removal. They are designed to be emptied by specialized trucks with hydraulic arms that lift and dump the contents of the dumpster into the truck. 

Front-load dumpsters tend to be smaller than roll-off dumpsters, as front-load ones have to be small enough that they can be lifted by a truck's forks. These are still sizeable, though, and can service businesses that regularly generate substantial waste.

Rear-Load Dumpsters

Rear-load dumpsters are similar to front-load dumpsters, but they are designed to be emptied by a truck with a rear-mounted hydraulic compactor. They are typically used for small to mid-sized businesses. 

Many rear-load dumpsters are smaller than front-load dumpsters, which limits their use. They're still able to service many businesses, though, and can fit in spaces too small for roll-off or front-load models.

Compactor Dumpsters

Compactor dumpsters are designed to reduce the volume of waste by compacting it. They are typically used for large-scale waste removal projects, such as construction sites or industrial facilities. 

Compactor dumpsters can help reduce waste disposal costs by minimizing the number of trips required to empty the dumpster. Businesses should talk with a dumpster company about how much the compacted waste will weigh, though, to ensure that a truck can still transport the dumpster even when it's full.

Organic Waste Dumpsters

Organic waste dumpsters are used specifically for food waste and other organic materials, such as yard waste and compostable paper products. They are typically emptied on a regular schedule by specialized trucks that transport the waste to a composting facility. 

Organic waste dumpsters are becoming increasingly popular as more businesses and households seek to reduce their environmental impact.

Hazardous Waste Dumpsters

Hazardous waste dumpsters are designed to safely dispose of hazardous materials, such as chemicals, batteries, and medical waste. They are typically used by businesses and organizations that generate hazardous waste and are subject to strict regulations governing their use and disposal. 

For more information about dumpsters, contact a local company.