Dumpsters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each one tailored to a specific range of needs. While this gives you more choices to choose from, it can also make choosing the right dumpster for your waste disposal needs a bit more complicated. Front-load and roll-off dumpsters are the two types most commonly used by businesses for solid waste removal. If you're not sure which one works best for your needs, the following offers several pros and cons for each type of dumpster.

Pros and Cons of Front-Load Dumpsters

If you're faced with space constraints and need a compact, maneuverable dumpster, then a front-load dumpster may just be what you're looking for. These dumpsters are commonly used by restaurants and other small businesses with light to moderate waste disposal needs. Front-load dumpsters get their name from the trucks used to transport and empty the containers. These trucks feature front-mounted hydraulics that lift the dumpster over the truck and empty its contents into the rear-mounted hopper.

There are plenty of advantages to renting one of these dumpsters. In addition to being more affordable to rent, a typical front-load dumpster won't take up as much space as a longer and sometimes wider roll-off dumpster. The compact design makes the front-load dumpster ideal for locations where space is at a premium. Some front-load dumpsters come equipped with caster wheels, making it easier to manually maneuver a dumpster to a different area when necessary.

The only downside to a front-load dumpster is its relatively low capacity. Most front-load dumpsters top out at 8 cubic yards of total capacity, which means you may not be able to dispose of excessively large or bulky materials. If you have a major building renovation project or a large-scale business with higher-than-normal waste disposal needs, you can expect a few extra unscheduled pickups, which in turn could cost you extra in disposal fees.

Pros and Cons of Roll-Off Dumpsters

Roll-off dumpsters get their name from the way they're deployed on site. Once the dumpster arrives at the intended location on the back of a specially-designed roll-off truck, the truck's hydraulics tip and roll the dumpster into position.  

If you need to get rid of large quantities of solid waste, the larger capacity of a typical roll-off dumpster gives you more options. These dumpsters usually come in sizes ranging from 10 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards, making them ideal for a variety of large-scale projects, including whole-house cleanouts and large retail and warehouse disposal. In addition to being much larger than the average front-load dumpster, these dumpsters also require less frequent pick-up service.

There are a few caveats to using roll-off dumpsters, however. A typical roll-off dumpster not only needs enough space for itself, but also for the trucks that'll load and unload the container. As a result, you might not be able to use a roll-off dumpster in cramped areas. Maneuverability is also severely limited for roll-off dumpsters -- once the dumpster is rolled into position, you'll have to call the rental company to dispatch another roll-off truck to move it elsewhere.

Weight is another potential drawback, as the larger size and overall carrying capacity of a roll-off dumpster can make it too heavy to use on some concrete and asphalt surfaces, due to the amount of damage it could cause when fully loaded. Roll-off dumpsters are also more expensive to rent than their front-load counterparts. In addition, many rental companies charge additional fees if you exceed the maximum weight specified for your roll-off dumpster rental.

There are plenty of considerations to make when choosing between a front-load dumpster and a roll-off dumpster, including the type of materials to be disposed of and your overall rental budget. In the end, it's up to you to decide which dumpster suits your commercial needs. Contact a dumpster rental company, such as TCM Sweeping and Disposal, for more information.