Temporary Roll-Off Dumpsters and What to Look For

When undertaking a demolition project, or any other assignment that will create a significant volume of waste material, the cleanup aspects are a key factor to consider. Temporary roll-off dumpsters, also known as rolloff dumpsters or rolloff steel dumpsters, are the best tool at your disposal by far!

Apex Recycling offers rolloff delivery that Shelby Township residents and business owners can use for demolition projects and more. Here’s all you need to know about finding the perfect unit for your requirements!


What are temporary roll-off dumpsters?

Temporary rolloff dumpsters are heavy-duty steel trash containers designed primarily for big cleanups and waste management. They take their name from the fact that they are delivered by a truck that rolls the dumpster off the back.

Aside from demolition jobs, they may be hired for sites where renovations, commercial cleanouts, and spring cleaning are needed. They are usually rented for a few days, although longer agreements can be struck.

The ultra-sturdy containers are typically rectangular and use an open-top for easier loading.


Key considerations in a rolloff dumpster service

Before analyzing individual containers, you’ll need to find the right rolloff delivery Macomb County MI rental company. Otherwise, the features of the dumpster itself will be rendered redundant.

When asking a company about their rolloff delivery Shelby Twp services, be sure to confirm the following aspects;

  • Their location and track record of delivering/collecting dumpsters in a punctual manner,
  • The inventory of different roll-off dumpster sizes and styles,
  • The availability, particularly if you are looking for quick delivery,
  • Whether the company is happy to collect waste from the dumpster before you refill it,
  • How they recycle and/or dispose of the waste materials,
  • The costs of hiring a dumpster, including deposits and any admin fees.

Ultimately, the right rolloff delivery Macomb County MI company should make the process clean, convenient, cost-effective, and capable of satisfying your cleanup requirements. Settling for anything less is not an option!


Key consideration when choosing a rolloff dumpster

Finding a reputable company that can provide a winning service is one thing, but it’s equally important to ensure that they can deliver the right dumpster for your needs. In truth, you do not need to worry too much about the brand, as long as the structure is solid. However, there are several attributes that must be considered.



Perhaps the most obvious question to ask any rolloff delivery Macomb County MI rental company relates to the dimensions of the dumpster. Quite simply, size matters! A bigger unit will allow you to dispose of a greater volume of items, but it will cost more and could pose some challenges with regards to finding a suitable location to temporarily store the unit.

A cubic yard is 3′ x 3′ x 3′. The most common dumpster sizes are;

  • 10 yard (4 pickup loads),
  • 20 yard (8 pickup loads),
  • 30 yard (14 pickup loads),
  • 40 yard (18 pickup loads).

While the smallest is ideal for a residential spring clean, demolition jobs may require a 30 yarder or 40 yarder.


Accepted trash

In addition to knowing that the dumpster is big enough for your intended purposes, you need to confirm that the materials you’ll be adding are permitted. While some common items can go in virtually any rollover dumpster, some are only suited to specific container types.

Depending on the type of project, you may want to consider;

  • Construction dumpsters that take flooring, drywall, cabinets, wood, etc.
  • Heavy debris dumpsters that accept concrete, asphalt, brickwork, etc.
  • Residential rolloff dumpsters that take furniture and household waste.
  • Roofing dumpsters that accept flashing, shingles, underlayment, and more.
  • Yard waste dumpsters that accept excavated dirt as well as shrubbery.

It should be noted, however, that various forms of hazardous waste are not permitted by law. Chemicals, oils, pesticides, radioactive material, batteries, asbestos, dead animals, and flammable liquids are all listed as prohibited items.


Extra features

A standard dumpster is usually the most affordable option, but you may find that your project could benefit from a solution that boasts additional features. These optional add-ons can deliver extra convenience by saving time, money, and manual labor!

The most commonly sought specialized features are;

  • Wheeled rolloff dumpsters that enable you to easily move the trash container from one part of the site to another. For a demolition job, moving it closer to the site where any given day’s work will occur is advised.
  • Rolloff dumpsters with doors incorporated. A swing steel door enables you to access the dumpster by walking into it. This is most notably used when disposing of bulky and heavy items that would require extra equipment to place in through the open top.
  • Locking devices or top covers for the trash container. This is useful for safety purposes when children or pets are on site. It also serves to boost overnight security while preventing others from dumping their trash in your container.

Working out the needs of your family or workers is essential if you want to make the right selection. Be sure to write down the expectations in advance, so that they can be discussed with the rental company.



For big commercial projects, a specialized commercial rolloff dumpster may be more suitable. However, there are other situations in which a rolloff dumpster isn’t the best option, even for household projects and clear outs.

Depending on the circumstances, you may want to ask our rolloff delivery Shelby Township contractors about other items, such as;

  • A Bagster® bag, which ultimately serves as a nice midpoint between traditional trash containers and a larger dumpster. They are 3 cubic yards in size.
  • Recycling pickup tools and services for more regular curbside clearing, which can be adapted to residential and commercial uses.

The right service is one that matches up to your project requirements while simultaneously making your capital work easier. Apex Recycling takes great pride in helping clients find the best temporary roll-off for one-time usage or a more regular agreement!

To discover more about the possibilities today, get in touch with our friendly team.