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gloved hand holding black trash bag over a garbage bin for waste management collection
Waste Management During COVID-19: How You Can Help

The coronavirus has temporarily prevented us from a lot of our typical activities, but it definitely didn’t stop us from generating trash. If anything, our waste generation as a nation, typically about 2,072 lbs per person per year, has increased by up to 40% during the pandemic. Waste management companies are struggling to keep up with the rising volume of trash. They are doing everything they can to minimize risks for their workers on the frontlines while keeping our cities and neighborhoods clean.


People are confined at home during Spring cleaning season. This gives them more time than ever to go through old belongings that have been gathering dust for years. Food has become a preoccupation. Home cooking has increased, and so has alcohol intake. This causes more discarded grocery packaging and empty wine and beer bottles in the trash pile. Fewer people are recycling, and a lot of recycling and compost units have shut down due to COVID-19 anyway. Home disinfecting with wipes, sprays, and other cleaning products has become a continuous activity.


The growing garbage crisis has caused sanitation departments to call for citizens to be more responsible with the curbside garbage they put out. And there are many ways in which we can step up and assist waste management efforts in these challenging times.


  • Hold back things that can wait until the coronavirus crisis is over. It will help ease the pressure on an overburdened system.
  • Don’t park in front of garbage containers on pick-up days. The job will take up more time for a one-person operation if your vehicle is obstructing the path. Every route has a budget for time.
  • Reduce your driving speed when you see a parked garbage collection truck. Collision with passenger cars is a main cause of accidents.
  • Keep trash carts facing the right way. When the automated arm of a garbage truck lifts and dumps a container, some of the garbage can remain caught in the lip of the lid and scatter on the street. Check for arrows on the container that indicate the side that should be facing the street.
  • Use bags to place your trash in. This makes hauling cleaner, healthier, and easier for waste management workers. Use good quality bags that will not fall apart when lifted.
  • Don’t overload trash bags. Carts over the 200-lb limit and trash bags over the 30-lb limit may not only hurt equipment but could also injure workers.
  • Know which items you can’t include in normal trash disposal (like paint, motor oil, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, etc.). Take these to a hazardous materials drop-off center. 
  • Clean the handles and lids of trash cans and recycling bins that sanitation workers will physically pick up. This will help curb the spread of the virus among people who are visiting hundreds of homes very day.
  • Leave a small gift like a bottle of hand sanitizer with a note for your garbage collector to find. Or offer him a cool refreshment on a hot summer day. It’s nice to be appreciated for the great work they are doing and the risk they are taking to make sure our families are safe!


Hook Lift Hoist Roll-Off Truck
Hook Lifts or Roll-Off Cable Hoists? Which Option is Better for You?

For construction teams, garbage haulers, demolition crews and clean-out workers, roll-off trucks are an essential piece of equipment that offer incredible flexibility to pick up and drop containers in a manner that no fixed body truck can.

This ease of operation, however, can be further enhanced by the kind of hoist system you choose: hook lift or roll-off cable hoist. Both have advantages and disadvantages in the method they employ to load and unload containers, and in this article, we’re going to help you compare the two, so you know which one is better suited to your work needs.

Cable Hoists

Roll-off cable hoists are the most common hoists in use today. These trucks employ a winch and a cable to pull containers or other bodies up onto the truck’s bed.

Cable hoists are more suitable than hook hoist for unloading at sites with limited overhead clearance, inside or out, due to its lower angle unload capabilities. As the name suggests, cable hoists need to have nose rollers and rear wheels to allow the cable to pull them up on chassis.

Cable hoist roll-offs are designed to carry both inside and outside rail containers, which maximizes its usability. They are also versatile enough to work with any truck chassis, suspensions, exhaust systems and fuel tanks.

Generally speaking, cable hoists are more efficient when it comes to servicing heavier loads. Rather than lifting from back to front on the same geometric angle, the cable system pulls the weight up the rails, and being able to adjust the incline of the rails as the load is being pulled also means that the tension on the cable itself is significantly reduced.

If you’re working with containers of different lengths, the cable hoist design gives you more room for maneuver, as long as the container does not extend beyond the tail end of the rails.


Hook hoist roll-off trucks have a heavy-duty truck chassis that has been fitted with a hydraulic lift hoist. Drivers back up to a container or body, connect the hook of the truck to a receiving hook on the container, and then lift it up onto the truck.

As these roll-off trucks are designed without truck-mounted winches and cables, hook hoists provide more accuracy in dropping containers in an exact position than cable hoist roll-off trucks. Hook hoists are also more suitable when maneuvering into and out of tight spaces.

Since hook lifts hoist containers right onto the bed of the truck instead of rolling them on, compatible containers and bodies don’t need nose rollers or rear wheels.

Hook lifts are extremely well-suited for a variety of industries, such as waste management, recycling, landscaping, construction and roofing.

They can haul many types of truck bodies or containers, which significantly cut costs for contractors, municipalities and others by reducing fleet sizes. It’s a mix-and-match system because hook hoists can do the work of several truck systems – all you do is add truck bodies or containers as needed. They offer convenient, ground-level loading and unloading of materials too.

But perhaps, the best attribute of all is that drivers can complete a pick-up or drop-off quickly and safely, from within the cab of their truck. (With the cable hoist, the driver must physically latch the cable onto the front hook of the box.) They don’t have to step out for the entire duration of the operation, which saves time and effort, every season, throughout the year.

This convenience improves operator safety, as they are far removed from moving machinery, and owner liability is reduced as well!


Galbreath WT-1216-EX Roll-Off on Ford F550
WT-1216/X And WT-2018/X Work Truck Series Roll-Off Cable Hoists: Light Options That May Just Be Right For You!

Imagine the toughness and durability that Galbreath roll-off hoists are so well-known for – but built into a more compact and light-weight system.

Galbreath (a Wastequip brand) is recognized as the premier hoist and trailer brand in the industry, offering cable hoists, hook hoists, trailers, trail hoists and container handlers for the waste handling, recycling and scrap industries.

With the company’s incredible knowledge and expertise in the development of state-of-the-art roll-off hoists, they understand market needs and customer pain points better than anyone. Most hoists available in the market, for example, are just too much size and power for smaller applications. To fulfill the need to serve people like you who could use a less unwieldy piece of equipment for your everyday needs, Galbreath has introduced the WT-1216/X and WT-2018/X work truck series cable hoists.

They are `miniature’ options, if you will, of Galbreath’s original 8-inch main frame single axle cable hoist, making them perfect for landscapers, general contractors and private waste haulers who need less power and easier maneuverability.

At Custom Truck One Source, we’re getting a lot of feedback from our customers about these two models, and here are 7 attributes that may just be what you’re looking for as well:

  • Both iterations can transport loaded containers and equipment up to 20k lbs. and 18 feet in length.
  • With a durable 6-inch main frame, these new hoists feature electric over hydraulic controls using a wireless remote control. What this does is it makes containers in tough-to-reach or congested metropolitan areas so much easier to locate.
  • Taking a variety of truck chassis into the reckoning, these models are extremely compatible pieces of equipment. The new cable hoists are bolt-on ready and very easily installed with no welding required. This ease of installment saves both time and money.
  • The hoists come standard with externally mounted secondary manual controls, BOC (back of cab) mounted steel tank w/ dual sight/temp gauge, adjustable bolt-on rear apron and split bumpers and dual 4-inch lift and winch cylinders.
  • The hoists are tarp system ready, with a mounting platform that is compatible with Pioneer and other tarp brands.
  • Customization is entirely possible with user-friendly engineering layouts to ensure the best fit for each customer, as well as a host of options — including toolboxes, back-up cameras, fenders, expanded light packages, auxiliary front stops and a side-mount oil tank.
  • Safety features include an automatic spring loaded (pass over style) front safety lock, in-cab ¾-inch flashing LED hoist up warning light, back-up and hoist alarms and dual safety/maintenance props.

The WT-1216/X and WT-2018/X roll-off trucks have been thoroughly field tested in hauler operations to over 4,000 cycles and come with a standard one-year hoist and two-year limited hydraulic system warranty.


For more information on the products, please click HERE. Or get in touch with us for more information on specs and financing by clicking HERE.


Roll-off Trucks
3 Factors to Consider When Buying a Container for Your Roll-Off Truck

Roll-off trucks are the workhorses of several industries. Construction companies and demolition crews need them on a daily basis to haul debris from jobsites. Garbage management companies need them to shift waste to landfills. Scrap dealers need them to transport scrap material from one location to another. With an open, rectangle container set on wheels that moves and tilts, roll-off trucks have multiple applications and are an indispensable piece of transport equipment that was first designed in the 1930s by George Dempster for his family’s construction business.

If you are looking to buy a container for your roll-off truck, here are 3 factors that will help you choose an equipment that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Roll-offs can carry an incredible amount of cargo, and there are several sizes to consider.

A 12-yard dumpster is 3.5 ft tall and 15 ft long. A 20-yard dumpster is 4.5 ft tall and 23 ft long. A 30-yard dumpster is 6.5 ft tall and 23 ft long. A 40-yard dumpster is 8.5 ft tall and 23 ft long.


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Do a careful analysis of both your current and future needs to find one that makes the most economical sense for you.

  • The kind of material you transport is another factor that will play into your decision. For example, if you are going to shift heavy material like, say, glass or metal scraps, you’ll probably need a smaller container to stay within the weight limit. To further illustrate this, here’s a quick comparison of material weight (cu/yd in lbs). Dirt: 2050 lbs; gravel: 2565 lbs; sand: 2970 lbs; concrete: 4050 lbs. And so on.
  • Think about the location where you’re going to park. Would you have sufficient space to maneuver the equipment? Also, do you need parking permits? Municipalities have different sets of regulations and permits regarding dumpsters on both open streets and private property. Be sure you know them beforehand.

Need more help with a roll-off truck purchase?

Contact us at Custom Truck One Source! We’ll help you analyze your business needs, understand your options and answer any questions that you may have.


Roll-off Truck Containers
Roll-Off Dumpsters: Which Size is Right for You?

You may need to buy or rent a roll-off dumpster, but what size will be most economical and efficient for the jobs you have in hand?

Well, it’s a tricky call because several factors – such as amount of debris, type of debris and price point – come into play here.

So let’s talk about your choices and what they mean because we want you to make the most practical decision about a roll-off container acquisition that you won’t regret at a later date.


There are 4 sizes for you to choose from: 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards and 40 yards.


  • A 10 yard roll-off container is: 12’ L x 8’ W x 3.5’ H
  • A 20 yard roll-off container is: 22’ L x 8’ W x 4’ H
  • A 30 yard roll-off container is: 22’ L x 8’ W x 6’ H
  • A 40 yard roll-off container is: 22’ L x 8’ W x 8’ H


  • Capacity of a 10 yard: 10 cubic yards
  • Capacity of a 20 yard: 20 cubic yards
  • Capacity of a 30 yard: 30 cubic yards
  • Capacity of a 40 yard: 40 cubic yards


A common challenge when acquiring a roll-off dumpster is gauging the type of debris you expect it to carry. Debris that is somewhat uniform in size (such as old roofing shingles) is easier to quantify. Others, such as demolition debris, is much more difficult because the material will be random and irregular.

However, the guideline below should give you a reasonably good idea about which roll-off dump truck is right for you – based on your needs.

Common Uses For A 10-Yard Dumpster

Suitable for small-scale or household projects, such as:

  • Removal of 250 sq ft of decking material
  • Removal of 1,500 sq ft of single-layer roofing shingles
  • Removal of basement or garage debris
  • Removal of small kitchen or bathroom debris

Common Uses For A 20-Yard Dumpster

This is the most popular size in the market because both pricing and load capacity of a 20-yard dumpster is advantageous. Suitable for larger clean-up projects, such as:

  • Removal of flooring and carpet from larger residences
  • Removal of 400 sq ft of decking material
  • Removal of debris from bigger home remodeling projects
  • Removal of 3,000 sq ft of single-layer roof shingles

Common Uses For A 30-Yard Dumpster

Suitable for complete residential cleanouts and commercial construction projects, such as:

  • New home construction
  • Garage demolition
  • Extensive home remodeling projects

Common Uses For A 40-Yard Dumpster

As the largest size, a 40-yard dumpster is well-employed in large-scale demolition and construction projects, such as:

  • Commercial roofing projects
  • Commercial landscaping and excavation
  • Large water and fire remediation projects


It’s also important to consider the style of container, whether it be bathtub or rectangle. Bathtub style does not have corners for material to stick in, and are nestable, meaning you can ship more of them on a truck. Because the bottom sides are rounded, they can be taller to achieve the 20 yd., 30 yd., etc., making them tougher to load from the side.


  • Resist the urge to settle for the cheapest dumpster you can afford. Carefully consider your hauling needs before deciding on one. Anything that is too small for the project you have at hand will end up costing you more because of extra rounds of loading and unloading.
  • Do not over-fill a dumpster. It is considered a road hazard, and trying to lessen the load afterwards will cost you both time and money.

Remember that dumpsters are usually measured from the outside of the container walls. * WasteAdvantageMagazine


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