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What are Portable Dumpsters?

Posted by Junk King on Apr 19, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Portable dumpsters, or roll-off dumpsters, are containers designed to be transported from one location to another as needed. Though similar in appearance, design, and size to any other type of dumpster, a portable dumpster is used more for short-term projects than long-term engagements. These short-term use periods make the dumpsters ideal for one-off jobs or undertakings—such as demolitions, renovations, building cleanouts, and more.

Long-Term Dumpsters versus Short-Term Dumpsters


The long-term versus short-term dichotomy is just as important to the concept of portable dumpsters as portability itself. Think about a “permanent” dumpster, or a junk container that stays in one place for months or years at a time. Restaurants, hotels, and other businesses have these bins on their premises, usually located outside of the main building. The dumpster can be used for any waste that the business produces, allowing the business to get refuse out of the building and out of the way. Every week, a garbage truck swings by to collect the trash from the dumpster. The empty bin is then returned to its original location, to be filled once more in the following week.

With a portable or roll-off dumpster, the trash company doesn’t just come by to collect any waste that is in the bin. Instead, the business loads the dumpster onto a truck—trash and all—and takes it away. If the client that rented the dumpster requires another bin, they can rent another portable dumpster. Otherwise, they enjoy the benefit of getting rid of a large quantity of junk but also not having a large, smelly dumpster on their property.


How “Portable Dumpsters” Provide Portability

When you think of something portable, you probably envision an object that is small, compact, and lightweight. A dumpster, pretty much by definition, is none of these things. Even a portable dumpster needs to be large and spacious enough to accommodate a large amount of junk—as well as bulky items such as furniture.

For this reason, “portable dumpsters” tend to be referred to more commonly as “roll-off dumpsters.” Roll-off dumpsters have a unique design that allows them to be loaded seamlessly onto a roll-off truck. The operator of the truck can also easily tilt the truck bed back to roll the dumpster off into a driveway, parking lot, or job site.

This simplistic load/unload system is the most crucial aspect of a portable dumpster’s overall portability. While these dumpsters are still going to be too big and too heavy for the average consumer to move on their own—or to load into even the biggest pickup truck—they are portable for a technician with the right training and equipment.

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Why Roll-Off Dumpsters Are Popular

Now that we know what a portable or roll-off dumpster is, the next big question is about the purposes they serve. What exactly is a portable dumpster for, and why would you consider renting one?

The answer is that the relative portability of roll-off dumpsters makes it lucrative for companies to rent them out for a few days at a time. For residential, commercial, and industrial purposes, there is a big market for short-term dumpster rentals. Roll-off dumpsters make it possible for junk removal companies to serve that market.

Say you were cleaning out your house trying to get ready for a move. You’ve lived in the house for 20 or 30 years, and in that time, you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. Some of it will be coming with you to your new address, but you’d also like to downsize, and frankly, there’s a lot of junk in your basement or garage that you haven’t touched in years.

In a situation like this, it could be extremely helpful to have a dumpster right out in your dumpster where you can toss anything you’re sure you don’t want anymore. From old rags and boxes of worthless knick-knacks to worn out furniture and obsolete electronics, your dumpster would be the perfect place to dump all that stuff you are ready to leave behind.

Thinking about the Environment: How Portable Dumpsters and Recycling Can Coexist Peacefully

New Call-to-action What about recyclables and donations, you might ask? After all, even if you don’t want something anymore, there’s a chance that someone else might. Plus, with stuff such as old appliances and electronics, there are some environmental issues with disposing of it and sending it to the junkyard. Some of the components in those items probably contain harmful chemicals and toxins, which you don’t want leaking out into the soil or the groundwater.

Luckily, there are portable dumpster companies that take these matters into account. One of the big benefits of renting a portable dumpster is having one convenient place to dump all the junk you don’t want anymore. You could certainly sort your stuff into different piles depending on whether you felt it belonged in a landfill, at a recycling center, or on the shelves or racks of a resale shop somewhere. However, going through the process of sorting everything in this fashion takes a long time—to say nothing of the time you’ll spend driving loads over to the nearest recycling center or Goodwill store.

If you want to do your part to protect the environment but don’t want to deal with the added time commitment that trash sorting takes, look for a green roll-off dumpster company. There are portable dumpster businesses out there that will haul away your full container, take it back to a sorting facility, and pull out items that should be recycled, donated, or reused/repurposed in some fashion. Finding one of these businesses will help you move swiftly through your cleanout project without putting the environment at undue risk.

Other Projects That Might Benefit from a Portable Roll-Off Dumpster

A residential cleanout is just one of many projects that can benefit from having a portable roll-off dumpster right there onsite. If you are re-roofing your home and need somewhere to toss the shingles as you work, positioning a dumpster right next to your house can do the trick. The same is true if you are renovating your home and need a place to throw debris such as old drywall, carpeting, flooring, and other discarded building materials.

The list goes on and on, from business relocation projects to yard landscaping projects, and from construction work to demolition work. No matter what you need the dumpster for, though, just remember this point: not all roll-off dumpster rental businesses are the same. You are going to want to research different providers to learn about pricing structures, fees (late fees, delivery fees, overload fees, etc.), customer service style, dumpster sizes, and more. In particular, make sure you ask about the items you are or are not allowed to discard in your container. Some businesses let you dispose of just about anything, while others have restrictions on stuff such as electronic waste or require you to rent special containers for yard waste or construction waste.

With a little bit of homework, you should have no problem finding a roll-off dumpster rental business that meets all your needs and delivers a convenient and affordable service. Best of all, when finished with your project, a driver will swing by with a roll-off truck, load your portable dumpster onto the bed of the truck, and drive off into the sunset. You won’t have to deal with having a dumpster on your property for weeks or months at a time, and you will finally be rid of all that stuff you’ve been meaning to throw away for years.

As you compare dumpster rental costs, though, try to find companies that will give you concrete estimates or quotes. Services that are cagey about price quotes will often try to hit you with unexpected fees after the fact. Reading online customer reviews should also help you spot—and avoid—these dumpster rental companies Call us for more information at (888) 888-JUNK.

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