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Which is Better: Dump Trailer vs Roll-off Bin Rental


Waste removal is an important consideration in any construction, renovation, or demolition project. Choosing the right type of waste removal equipment and service can help improve the bottom line. When it comes to construction waste, the roll-off dumpster and the dump trailer are two common ways of getting rid of unwanted materials.

What is A Roll-Off Bin?

A roll-of bin is a special type of dumpster that’s dropped off at your location by the bin rental service. Roll-off bins can range in size from 5 cubic yards to 50 and can carry around 10 tons of waste at max capacity. They require a roll-off truck to transport them around and are usually rented through a bin rental service provider.

After you use the dumpster, the company picks it up and disposes of the waste. The rent you pay for the roll-off bin rental often includes disposal, which helps to cut down costs.

What is A Dump Trailer?

A dumpster trailer is a special type of trailer you attach can attach to your truck and haul around on your own. It has high sides, rubber wheels and often has a built-in hydraulic system to lift the bin to dump the waste onto the ground. They are commonly used by small contractors or homeowners that make an occasional dump run.

Factors to Consider When Renting a Roll-Off Dumpster or Dump Trailer

1. Convenience

When it comes to convenience, bin rentals have the edge over the trailer. Bin rentals are delivered to your location and taken to the disposal site by the bin rental company. Furthermore, most dumpster rental service providers include the dump fees in with their prices.

Roll-off dumpsters are also on the ground level, making it easy for you to fill them.

Possible disadvantages of bins are that their steel wheels can be tough on the underlying surface. And if you need to move them, you’ll need to have your service provider do it for you.

While you may need city permit to have your bin rental placed on the street, the same can be said for trailers. Also, with trailers, you may also need a CDL license depending on the trailer size.

Generally speaking, it’s more convenient to rent a roll-off bin than it is to rent a trailer.

2. Dumpster Capacity

Capacity is another key factor because it determines how many trips you’ll have to take to the dumping site, among other things. Roll-off dumpsters vary in capacity from 5 cubic yards to 50 cubic yards.

Dump trailers are rarely offered in sizes above 10 yards. And the towing strength of the vehicle used to transport the trailer must be considered.

The quantity of waste varies from project to project and so do the dumpster capacity requirements. For example, a typical cleaning out of a home produces around 8500 lbs of waste. Removing this debris requires a 30-yard roll-off bin or two 7 by 12 tandem axle trailers.

That’s why so many prefer to use bin rentals over dump trailers.

3. Cost

The cost of a roll-off rental typically includes the bin rental for several days and the disposal of a certain type and amount of waste. It usually comes to around $400+ for several days and the disposal of several tons of waste.

The cost of a dump trailer is comparable to that of a roll-over, but this is before you factor in the cost of transporting the waste and recycling/ landfill rates.

More often than not, renting a roll-off bin is a lot cheaper than renting a dump trailer.

4. Recycling

The final factor worth considering is whether your waste will be recycled. Depending on the type of waste on-site, you may have to divide it and take it to different centers. A service that handles waste recycling saves you the time and effort of by advising you on how you can compartmentalize your waste so it can be disposed in an eco-friendly way. They can also help you avoid costly mistakes by mixing waste that even the landfills won’t accept.

In conclusion, choosing between a roll-off bin rental and a trailer rental depends on your project and job site. If you’re looking for a seasoned roll-off dumpster rental company in Vancouver, give Bin Ready a call. We would be happy to help you find the best solution for your project.

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