Has your wallet been feeling a little thicker lately (figuratively, of course)? That could be because gas prices are the lowest they’ve been since December 2011 with a national average of about $3.21 per gallon, according to LA Times. In honor of our recent deliveries to gas stations in King William, VA; Wilmington, DE; Southern Pines, NC; and Raeford, NC, we decided to post about this notable decline.
This drop in gas prices is a result of multiple factors, the most important of which is probably the season. Every year, gas prices rise in the summer along with greater demand for driving due to the nicer weather and vacationing. Then, in the winter, as demand for driving falls again, the gas prices fall along with it.
In addition to the seasonal shift, however, is the increased supply of crude oil. U.S. oil production is higher than it’s been since 1989, decreasing the cost of a barrel of crude oil by about $10 since August.
Regardless of the reasons behind this dip in gas prices, it is certainly a great holiday gift to us all. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.
Despite the fact that we recently wrote a post about nuclear power, one of our recent deliveries merited another post. We’ve all heard of Three Mile Island, as it was the worst accident in commercial nuclear power development in U.S. history. However, many people do not know that Three Mile Island is still a fully operational nuclear power plant today, located on the Susquehanna River, just South of Harrisburg, PA.
The disaster happened on March 28, 1979 when large amounts of nuclear reactant coolants escaped. This led to a partial meltdown of the nuclear reactors. After the accident, more than 100,000 pregnant women and children were evacuated from the area. Despite the severity of the accident, recent studies have shown that the accident was not actually responsible for a single case of cancer.
Recently, Roll Off Dumpster Direct made a delivery to the plant on Three Mile Island. Not to worry though, no radioactive waste will be disposed of in our dumpsters. Feel free to take a look at our list of other prohibited materials.
The Ronald McDonald House charity has been around for many years. Its primary purpose is to provide housing near hospitals for families of seriously ill children who may or may not be able to afford such housing. There are houses in 58 different countries with a grand total of 7,200 rooms for families in need.
Roll Off Dumpster Direct recently made a delivery to the Ronald McDonald house in Potomac , Maryland. Named as one of ”America’s 100 Best Charities” in 2001 and 2002 by Worth magazine, Ronald McDonald House is certainly doing a lot of good around the world, supporting families of children with debilitating illnesses. Obviously, Roll Off Dumpster was excited to be a part of such a noble cause.
In addition to the Ronald McDonald House’s traditional houses, they have also started another program called Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are essentially a place for families who don’t need somewhere to stay overnight to regroup, change clothes, shower, eat, etc. These are often right inside of the hospital and are a great way to rest for families who spend have spent countless stressful hours inside of an ICU or pediatric unit.
With the support of 144,000 volunteers and hundreds of millions in donations, Ronald McDonald House is able to provide services at 78% of the world’s best children’s hospital. To learn more about the charity or to donate, visit the Ronald McDonald House website.
This September, for the 9th straight year, the people of Richmond gathered for a celebration of Italian culture. The celebration was filled with food, music, art, and various other cultural exhibits. Roll Off Dumspter Direct was able to help out the weekend-long festival with waste disposal by providing a dumpster delivery.
Festival-goers listened to all kinds of live music, from traditional Italian music to Jazz and Rock and Roll, in addition to participating in fun events like the meatball eating contest.
Beyond just the food and music, there were a variety of cultural education exhibits for children and adults alike. For example, did you know that in Italy, La Befana is said to bring gifts to well-behaved children on January 6th, the eve of the feast of the Three Kings? A doll of La Befana along with an Italian “ceppo” were on display in one of the many Italian culture exhibits dedicated to the Italian Christmas.
All in all, the festival was a success, and Roll Off Dumpster Direct was glad to be a part of it. For more information, check out the festival’s website!
We know that dumpster rental isn’t always the most appealing business, so we decided to mix it up and write a post about a wonderful restaurant we recently delivered to. Pupuseria Morazan is a Salvadorian restaurant that can be found in Brentwood, MD, just outside of Washington, DC.
Salvadorian cuisine is related to the cooking of the Spanish people and often includes a lot of corn. The most widely recognized dish is called a pupusa, which is a thick corn tortilla filled with cheese, pork, and refried beans. Obviously, there are other variations, but this is the most common.
One reviewer of Pupuseria Morazan said, “When friends come to visit, instead of going into the city for an overpriced, parking nightmare, we take them for some authentic food and Corona’s at the quaint red and white checker table cloths.”
All in all, it sounds like this Pupuseria is the real deal when it comes to Salvadorian food. For more reviews and directions to the restaurant, check out their page on Google+.
In honor of our recent dumpster rental delivery to one of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) centers, we decided to write a brief post about what they do.
There is definitely some negative stigma around the department of transportation in every state, as most people associate them with long lines at the DMV for driver’s license photos. In Virginia, however, these two organizations are completely separate.
VDOT is not responsible for vehicle licensing, but rather for maintaining the third largest highway system of any state behind Texas and North Carolina. They employ approximately 7,500 people full-time and are also responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state’s roads, bridges and tunnels.
The next time you find yourself driving through the Commonwealth, remember all of the people who work hard every day to keep the highways and bridges up and running. For more information or to report a road problem, see VDOT’s website.
The Graffiti Run is the self-proclaimed “most colorful day of your life.” Recently, they brought their colorful madness to Campbell Field in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell Field, just across the river from Philadelphia, is the home of the Camden Riversharks, a minor league baseball team.
Roll Off Dumpster Direct made a dumpster delivery for the race. On the day of the event, Campbell field was transformed into a massive 3.1 mile course of colored powder and paint.
People of all ages are invited to participate in the “run,” whether they actually run or choose to walk, crawl, or skip. Participants get dressed up in a lot of old white clothing and take before-and-after photos to show the amount of damage done.
Fun was had by all, and at the end of the day, Roll Off Dumpster Direct was there to help clean up. Check out the Graffiti Run’s website for upcoming runs in your area.
Widely known for its appearance in the Rocky films and highly respected among the arts community, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a center of culture in Philadelphia. The iconic museum also serves as the backdrop for various other events in the city of brotherly love, including the Made in America Festival and the Philadelphia marathon.
We recently delivered a dumpster to this prized museum, which is home to some of the most famous paintings of the modern era as well as many from the Impressionism era. One of the largest art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Art Museum has collections of over 227,000 items.
The museum is located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the waterfront in Philadelphia. Every year, it attracts upwards of 800,000 visitors from around the world.
For more information about the museum’s collections or current special exhibitions, check out their website.
We took a trip to a Days Inn in Richmond, VA to help with a mattress disposal job, and that’s our inspiration for this blog post.
Each year Americans disposed of over 40 million mattresses, and one mattress takes up as much as 40 cubic feet in a landfill. That’s why it’s important to recycle them. Most mattresses are made up of foam, wood, cotton, and metal springs that are recyclables.
Some companies have a mattress take-back program that makes the process simple. While many thrift stores do not accept mattress donations, various charities do. So if you are looking to get rid of an old mattress, ask a local charity.
Take a look at the recycling locator to find out where you can dispose of a mattress.
It’s worth taking the time to find a place that will recycle your mattress, since about 90 percent of the average mattress can be recovered for recycle. You can even take apart the mattress components yourself if you are having trouble disposing of the whole thing at once.
We made a trip to Breinigsville, PA, where we delivered dumpsters to help out with the new Ocean Spray manufacturing facility.
Last spring the plan to build the new facility was given the “OK,” as the new manufacturing plant is expected to create over 150 new jobs. Still, some locals aren’t very happy with the amount of traffic that the plant will create.
The bottling plant is slated to open in the first quarter of 2014. To attract Ocean Spray, Pennsylvania promised the company a $4.52 million incentive package that included money for infrastructure improvements, job training and a low interest loan.