What is a Rear End Loader?

This container is most suited for industrial and commercial customers who produce larger volumes of light compactable waste. A Rear End Loader (or REL) is kept permanently on site and a scheduled service set up on a regular schedule for collection. RTS can provide a range of REL containers from 8 cubic yard to 14 cubic yard.

The advantage of using an REL is that is:

  • Cost effective on reducing the carbon footprint on vehicle movements
  • Economic on saving valuable space on site
  • Hygienic as an enclosed container
  • Extra Security Lock can be ordered

Rear End Loader Container Sizes

Capacity: Cubic Yards8 yd312yd314yd3
Volume: In Bags18-2020-4545-60
Length: Metric m1.83m2.60m3.66m
Length: Imperial ft6’8’6”12’
Width: Metric m1.29m1.52m1.68m
Width: Imperial ft4’3”5’5’6”
Height: Metric m1.00m1.22m1.22m
Height: Imperial ft3’2”4’4’

Instead of using 2 or 3 wheeled bins or more than 8 Refuse sacks, why not have 1 large container?

Why Choose RTS Waste for your REL Service?

RTS operate a cost effective and efficient timely service for REL Scheduled Service

  • A real-time tracking of all vehicles allows reliable scheduled collections.
  • Recycle Reports can be produced on request
  • Services can be booked for 24 hours 7 days a week.
  • The RTS Transport department is available for booking from 06:00am to 17:00pm.
  • All Waste Materials collected is treated at our Waste Transfer Stations in London, Kent and Somerset. Reuse, Recycle and Recovery of waste is optimised through processing at our Material Recovery Facility. See our Recycling Section for further information.

How to Order your Rear End Loader?

Call our Commercial Sales Team to order your REL scheduled service – 0207 232 1711 or click on the orange Get In Touch button at the top of the page.

What can be put in a Rear End Loader (REL)?

Rear End Loaders can be used for similar lightweight waste types that are usually places into trade Wheeled Bin. A segregated waste container can be ordered encouraging Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR). The advantage of a REL over wheeled bins in that it is space saving and reduces the carbon foot print on no. of movements made

Please check that the contents of your REL will not contain:

Electrical appliances, Fluorescent light tubes, Batteries
Fridges, Freezers and Air-conditioning units, TV’s and Monitors
Paints (including residues inside paint cans), Solvents, Aerosols and gas canisters
Liquids, Oil, fuel and other automotive fluids
Plasterboard, Asbestos, Tyres
Clinical or Medical Waste, Toxic materials
Large tree trunks

Unless you have notified us prior to ordering, an extra disposal fee may be charged if unsuitable waste is found in a REL. This is because our containers are normally hired for general waste, and hazardous waste requires alternative disposal methods.

RTS Waste offers a hazardous waste disposal service, to enquire please call our Hazardous Waste specialists on 020 7232 1711 or click on the orange Get In Touch button at the top of the page.

Where will a REL be located?


You will also need to think about where you will put the REL. A typical REL Compaction lorry is roughly 9ft wide, 14ft in height and 32ft long and has a gross weight of around 32 tonnes. You will need to bear this in mind if you require the REL placed in a confined or weak space (such as very narrow streets or weak bridges, behind houses etc.). You cannot locate a REL directly below low trees as operating height is 5.80m. Otherwise, you may need to consider placing the skip in another location, such as on the public highway. If accessibility is a problem, then contact a member of the Transport team on 020 7232 1711 option 1, as we can still offer alternative waste disposal services apart from skip hire.


A permit is required if the RORO is to be placed on a public highway. RTS Waste is able to provide permits when you place your order, for a small additional fee. Permits are normally available in 3-5 working days, in some cases sooner.

Who is responsible for the REL waste?

You are legally responsible for the contents of the REL you hire. You need to ensure that the waste disposed in the REL is suitable for general disposal and that the REL is not overloaded.

An overloaded REL is a hazard. The lorry may struggle to lift the REL and your overfilled waste can be dangerous to other people as the REL is being lifted or transported.

If your REL is overloaded, the Compaction lorry driver reserves the right to either remove the excess waste from the REL, or refuse to remove the REL altogether. The latter may incur a wasted journey charge.

Please note that you must never set fire to the waste in your REL.

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