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One of these most common vehicles seen in the trucking industry, a backhoe is an excavator with a bucket attached to a hinged pole. The bucket is pulled toward the vehicle when the truck is in operation. Backhoes have been used in all types of construction projects since it was first introduced as a dipper shovel in 1835. It is primarily used to dig trenches for utility projects and drainage and is typically used in large-scale construction projects such as highways.


A bin, also referred to as a dumpster bin, is a large receptacle used to hold and transport waste. Typically steel or metal in structure, this bin may be standard or customized for specific uses. Most dumpster bins are designed for the ability to be lifted and transported by a vehicle. The bins are lifted for transport by hydraulic systems, which may be located on the front or back of the vehicle, depending on the size and type of dumpster.


This adjective is commonly used to refer to items considered “environmentally-friendly.” The term is used for components that can be broken down to their original state through natural processes. The substances commonly responsible for the breakdown of a biodegradable item are fungi and bacteria, although other basic substances can be used as well. The amount of time it takes for an item to biodegrade is highly variable, ranging from a few hours to many years.