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Tips for Your Best Back to School

building-40596_640Quite often, we rent dumpsters to schools to help with end-of-the-year clean up or to prepare for an upcoming term. Not too long ago, we made a delivery to a school in Norwood, PA and it reminded us just how stressful this time of year can be for parents and students alike.

To help ease the anxiety of “back to school,” we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you juggle those varying schedules seamlessly. The sum of our advice? Don’t get stressed, get organized.

1. Make lunch easy.

You want to give your kids a nutritious lunch, but you also need to make it to school and work on time. Make it easier on yourself by stocking up on healthier side options to accompany a sandwich. Rather than making an entire meal, throw together a sandwich and grab some yogurt or fruit out of the fridge.

2. Get into a laundry routine.

School uniforms can sometimes be a nightmare. It seems like constant washing, folding, ironing. The laundry piles up and then you’re scrambling to get it done. Come up with a routine that works for you. For example, we like to iron shirts for the week on Sundays then hang them up. It really cuts hassle out of the morning.

3. Less house work, more homework.

Don’t get stressed if the kitchen floors haven’t been mopped. You can scale your normal cleaning routines down while you’re busy and catch up when you have extra time. Instead, channel that energy into getting your kids on an effective homework and studying routine.

4. Don’t forget breakfast!

There’s a reason breakfast is called the most important meal of the day, and that’s especially true for kids in school who eat on a schedule. A bowl of cereal is a quick but filling breakfast. On days when you’re really running late, grab a banana and a granola bar to eat in the car.

5. Label, label, label.

Don’t you hate buying expensive school necessities, only for them to go missing at the most inopportune times? It’s worth it to write your child’s name in his or her sweater, lunchbox, books, and other accessories. That way, it’s more difficult for classmates to mistake those items for their own.

Best of luck for the upcoming school year! We hope these tips help!

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The Factors of Dumpster Rental Pricing [Infographic]

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Renting a dumpster may seem like an investment to some people, but when you consider the factors that go into waste collection and disposal, it’s an affordable alternative to handling waste disposal on your own.

When you are looking for a dumpster rental quote, consider the main factors that determine dumpster pricing.

1. First, you must consider the price of purchasing an actual dumpster. Obviously, it’s not worth buying a $4,000 dumpster that you’ll only use a few times. Renting a dumpster ensures you won’t be charged an arm and a leg for one-time use. As shown, the bigger the dumpster, the higher the cost.

Cost of purchasing a dumpster: $3,795-$5,295

2. Second, factor in the cost of transporting a dumpster. Dumpster companies must haul the dumpster to a few stops. Fuel costs alone make this a costly effort.

Cost of transporting a dumpster: $150-$300

3. Rental periods vary by dumpster rental companies. For a longer job, you’ll want to choose a company that offers a long rental period so you won’t be surprised by rental extension fees.

Rental period options: 7-21 days

4. Unfortunately, waste doesn’t just disappear into mid-air. Most waste is taken to a landfill, and prices of disposal vary by location.

Cost of waste disposal in PA (per ton): $75.96

Considering all of these factors that go into waste disposal, it’s important to understand that you should choose a dumpster rental company that best suits your needs. Not sure how much it will cost? Roll Off Dumpster Direct offers instant online quotes, so you’ll know the costs before you rent.

Sources:

http://www.dfwcontainerservice.com/roll-off-container-sales/new-roll-off-containers-dumpsters-plano.htm

http://www.cleanenergyprojects.com/Landfill-Tipping-Fees-in-USA-2013.html

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Courtyard by Marriott Barbados Embraces Local Clientele

1024px-Sign_of_the_Barbados,_Courtyard_MarriottWe enjoy delivering dumpsters to well known hotel chains. The staff is always so accommodating. After our latest delivery to the Courtyard by Marriott in New Jersey, we learned something interesting about one of their other locations and we thought we’d share it with you.

The Marriott Barbados is encouraging locals to stop by for an affordable “staycation,” among other services. There are different packages, one includes a night’s stay and breakfast, and there are also day passes available for locals to come by and use the hotel’s facilities. The Marriott rewards programs also allow participants to build up points they can use internationally.

According to representatives, business this summer has been going very smoothly compared with some of their competitors. They say a lot of this success is owed to the business brought in by local clientele.

Employees from the Marriott Bridgetown (in Barbados) recently took to the Sheraton Mall to promote these staycations. They described the rewards programs to locals, explaining that the points they earn during staycations could reduce the price of international vacations. Shoppers were also able to spin a wheel and win prizes, including stays at the Marriott Bridgetown.

For more information, read the full story at The Advocate.

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Paper or Plastic? What are Americans Recycling Most? [Infographic]

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According to the EPA’s 2012 report, Americans recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2012. The infographic above breaks down different categories of waste. On the left, you can see the total amount of waste generated, and on the right, you can see how much of that was recycled and composted. The percentage listed in the middle is representative of the rate at which a material is recycled.

In 2012, American generated over 251 million tons of trash, putting the recycling rate at 34.5%. This rate continues to rise. In the year 2000, Americans recycled 28.5% of materials.

As the infographic shows, yard trimmings and paper products are commonly recycled. While food and “other waste” makes up a big portion of generated waste, this is the category with the least amount of material recycled.

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Del Frisco’s Adds a Triple Treat to the Summer Menu

Red_Robin_burgerIf you live around the Washington D.C. area, you’re probably familiar with Del Frisco’s Grille. They also have 12 locations nationwide so even readers in other areas will want to listen up.

This new menu addition will take you straight back to your childhood days. This adult happy meal is certainly newsworthy, as it combines classic indulgence with quality ingredients and presentation. To put it basically, the triple treat combines an adult milkshake, double patty cheeseburger, and steak fries. However, you’ll want to take part in this classic combo soon as the promotion will only last until Labor Day.

The Grille’s Prime Double Cheeseburger consists of two patties made of a blend of USDA Prime short rib and brisket topped with cheese, the usual lettuce and tomato, and a special sauce — all held together by a brioche bun. When it comes to your side of fries, you have an option of sea salt, Parmesan, sweet potato, or original. Of course, this comfort food wouldn’t be a meal if it weren’t accompanied by a decadent twist on the traditional milkshake. Incorporated in this intoxicating mix is Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Crème de Cacao Chocolate Liqueur and vanilla ice cream. This is a modern take on an American classic, and one that anyone is sure to appreciate.

For more information about this temporary addition to the stylish Del Frisco’s Grille menu, check out their press release. If you’re lucky enough to have a location near you, we suggest you stop by soon — even if you won’t be trying the new Triple Treat.

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Kohl’s Cares, So Should You

Kohls_-_Cincinnati_Mills_Mall_(9762496114)We all know that Kohl’s is great stop when you’re looking for a bargain. However, Kohl’s can also be a wonderful place to shop if you’d like your purchase to benefit someone in your own community. We were reminded of this when we stopped by a Kohl’s in Blue Bell, PA for a dumpster delivery.

Through the initiative known as “Kohl’s Cares,” the corporation fulfills philanthropic goals in the communities where its stores are located. The main focuses include children’s health and education, environmentally friendly solutions, and women’s health. In addition, Kohl’s employees take part in “Associates in  Action” and volunteer time locally to better the community.

At this point in the year, the Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise program is especially important as 100% of the net profits benefit children nationwide. From now until September, plush toys and books can be purchased in-store or online for just $5 and will go toward injury prevention, nutrition, immunization, and a variety of other beneficial programs in your community. Since 2000, the Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise program has raised $257 million nationwide.

In addition to selling merchandise, Kohl’s Cares also offers discounted fundraising gift cards for school and youth nonprofits to sell and benefit from. They also partner with local hospitals to keep kids educated about maintaining their own health. For more information about these initiatives, including the Kohl’s Cares scholarships and youth soccer organizations, visit the website.

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Even Film Companies Rent Dumpsters

DevonLarratt-TarasIvakinPerhaps you’ve seen the one of the newest series to grace AMC — and no, we don’t mean Breaking Bad reruns. We’re talking about Game of Arms, the series that chronicles the lives of competing arm wrestlers from all over the country.

Undertow Films, responsible for the Discovery Channel hits Shark Wranglers and Airplane Repo, was a recent customer of ours. Because this company is so unique, we thought they’d be a great example to share on our blog. According to their website, they have current projects open with Discovery Networks, Animal Planet, History Channel, Esquire, AMC and TLC.

However, Game of Arms seems to be the company’s most popular project at the moment. Its season finale aired back in April, but one search on Twitter will show you just how many viewers were tuning in episode after episode to learn more about how these competitors balance their careers, personal struggles, family lives, and reputations. In fact, many of those tweets were sent to remind others, “not to skip arm day.”

Undertow is known for its creative, character-driven storytelling abilities. Although the shows they produce are documentaries, viewers get to enjoy these true stories through a cinematic lens. This is what makes series about professional arm wrestlers and shark researchers accessible to all of us Average Joes.

We know we can’t what to see what else this company comes out with!

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RDD was Wowed by the Washington International School

planet-16673_640Not too long ago, we stopped by the Washington International School in Washington D.C. When we arrived, we found that this campus housed anything but your typical school.

This school was established in 1966 by Dorothy Goodman who realized the need for a Washington D.C. school that catered to the needs of the international as well as American families living in the area. The school started with only three preschool students learning in the basement of a house. Goodman dreamed that one day Washington International School would grow into a place where children would become multilingual while still gaining an educational foundation in math, geography, world history, and the arts.

Today, the school is her dream come to life. Now, 900 boys and girls from Pre-K all the way to Grade 12 take on an international baccalaureate program and learn to be what the school describes as “engaged global citizens.” In addition to rigorous academics, the students take on challenging sports schedules, get involved in arts programs like theater and music, and take part community service. The school even offers travel programs around the world.

Dorothy Goodman served as the school’s head mistress until 1985, at which time 530 students represented 80 different nations. We haven’t asked, but we’d guess it’s safe to say she’s pleased with the continued progress of her basement school. Despite the fact that we all graduated some time ago, we at Roll Off Dumpster Direct found ourselves wishing we could enroll here.

For more information, check out the Washington International School website.

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T-Mobile and Sprint to Merge?

Orange_and_T.Mobile_shops_in_LeedsThat’s right, the third and fourth largest telecommunications companies in the U.S. are talking of a merger that could possibly begin this summer.

Ever since delivering to a T-Mobile store in Charlotte, NC, we have been keeping up with the company’s news. So far, this preliminary deal is for $32 billion and lists that Sprint would acquire T-Mobile for $40 a share in cash and stock.

According to the NY Times, the two companies have been considering a merger for quite some time. It appears that combining is their best chance at beating out major competitors like Verizon and AT&T. In the cable competition, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have come to a deal that will blow other cable providers out of the water, and these deals will also offer landline and internet services.

Just last year, T-Mobile successfully acquired MetroPCS. This is likely what gave the company the confidence to finally go ahead with the Sprint merger. Still, it’s not clear if even the merged company will have the finances to compete with Verizon and AT&T over a long period.

What do you think about this merger? We’d like to know!

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Maryland Zoo is Building a New Penguin Exhibit

African.penguin.bristol.2.750pixLove penguins? Love the zoo? We do, and we were so excited to help out the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with a dumpster delivery.

Right now, construction is underway for the African Penguin Exhibit, set to open this fall. By visiting the zoo’s website, you can see pictures of the progress as it goes on. In addition to providing a fun, safe habitat for the penguins, this new facility will allow visitors to get a closer look at the animals. Walking through the exhibit you’ll be able to watch penguins waddle on land or swimming underwater — you can even take part in a Keeper Chat where you can talk to a real zoo keeper. If you’re lucky, you’ll be around for one of the penguin encounters.

Currently, 60 penguins live in the Rock Island Penguin Exhibit. Although they’re happy where they are, the new exhibit will create space to expand the penguin colony to 100 birds. Also, the African Penguin Exhibit will provide innovative resources for the penguins and conserve millions of gallons of water each year.

The African penguin population has been in decline since the turn of the century, and wild penguins are forced to compete with professional fishermen and other wildlife for food. This new exhibit will provide an accommodating home for many of these birds.

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