what is a dumping hopper

A dump hopper is an incredibly versatile steel dumpster which is easy to empty and is often used with a forklift for storing and transporting various materials.

The self dumping hopper was invented by Joseph Roura in the late 1920s. Whether used in construction, agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing, or the food and beverage industry, there are several styles of these large containers to choose from.

Types of Dump Hoppers

Roura continues to produce the classic self dumping hopper design as well as others. By understanding each style and the situations they are best suited for, you can determine which hoppers are right for your needs.

Forklift Hoppers

While our selection of hoppers can be fitted with casters for easy transportation by individuals, the best and safest setup for a self dumping hopper is forklift operation. All of our forklift dumpsters are designed and come standard with forklift bases.

At Roura, we want your company to be as efficient and safe as possible. Using forklift dumping hoppers minimizes injury risks and helps to speed up the dumping process.

Concrete Hoppers

Our concrete hoppers are designed to handle significantly heavy loads. Capable of handling applications between 8,000 and 10,000 lbs., the concrete hoppers utilize a 7-gauge steel body with back angles and two-channel support beams. Our concrete hoppers are also customizable to suit your specific needs.

Steel Hoppers

Our steel hoppers are designed for corrosion resistance. Available in galvanized and stainless steel models, these hoppers are well-suited for several applications, including:

  • Wastewater
  • Fishery
  • Sewage
  • Chemical processing
  • Harvesting
  • Exterior handling
  • Food and beverage

You can also customize your steel hopper with several accessories. From casters to upgraded release systems, you can design your hopper for your specific application requirements.

Trash Hoppers

Garbage or trash hoppers are ideal for protecting waste against the elements and potential pests while maximizing odor control. These hoppers come with a light plastic lid and are available in 1 and 2 cubic yard sizes. These hoppers are often used to hold, transport, and discard in-plant refuse, cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, or glass and plastic bottles.

Scrap Hoppers

Similar to trash hoppers, our scrap metal dumpster also includes a plastic lid to reduce odor and control pests. They are available in 1 and 2 cubic yard varieties and can be used for many of the same applications as the trash hopper.

Plastic Lid

If you require large volume material handling, consider our Plastic Lid hoppers, available in 1/2 to 2 1/2 cubic yard capacities. With our exclusive drip channel design, you can rest assured the materials within the hopper will remain dry. The lightweight lid ensures easy accessibility throughout the operation.


Capable of handling loads up to 4,000 lbs., the Durable hopper can handle lightweight material applications — sand, metal scrap, sawdust, rubber, ash, stampings, glass, coal, and other construction material. The hoppers come in 1/8 cubic yard to 5 cubic yard varieties.


Our Rugged dump hopper is built for heavy material handling applications, and the largest variety can safely handle 8,000 lbs. These hoppers also come in 1/8 cubic yard through 5 cubic yard styles. Each rugged hopper includes two side and back angles and two bottom support channels for additional reinforcement, ensuring the structure’s integrity for full loads.


Coming in 1/2 cubic yard through 5 cubic yard styles, the Ultimate hopper can handle all your heavy material handling needs up to 10,000 lbs. This hopper style is often used in the application of demolition, castings, concrete, forgings, stone, brick, glass, and other highly dense materials.


The Behemoth dump hopper is ideal for large material handling applications, coming in 6 cubic yard up to 10 cubic yard varieties. It is capable of handling loads of up to 10,000 lbs. Some of the most common applications for the Behemoth include demolition, forgings, hot ash, castings, glass, shipyard, concrete, and other heavy construction materials and minerals.