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Roll-Off Dumpster Delivers to the VA Museum of Natural History

Living on the east coast, we are surrounded by American history – but the VA Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA does an exquisite job of showcasing another, more Jurassic side of our not-so-recent past. Our team at Roll-Off Dumpster had the pleasure of delivering dumpsters to the museum recently, and it turned out to be an educational trip as well!

The museum is constantly bringing in new exhibits for individuals, businesses, families, and kids of all ages to enjoy. It was no surprise that they would need our services as they prepare for new booths, fundraising events, and research opportunities. The best thing about the VA Museum of Natural History is unlike the natural past . . . it is constantly changing!

dinosaur at va museum of natural historyPre-Historic Dumpster Deliveries

The museum continues to expand, and we are excited to be a part of it all as they create more permanent and traveling exhibits, and receive exhibits on loan. As we attempt to make our mark on history by providing superior customer service, easy online scheduling, and the longest dumpster rental period in the industry – we can’t help but be thankful that dumpster deliveries don’t come with a live T-Rex. Although, a meteor would definitely be a faster way to take care of the trash. 

Visit the VA Museum of Natural History today and see all the new exhibits and be sure to contact our team for your next dumpster rental!

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Delivers to the Shakespeare Theatre Company

shakespeare playThe show must go on . . . but not without the help of Roll-Off Dumpster Direct! This past month, our team delivered to the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Since March of 2020, people around the country have missed out on live performances. Now that things are getting back to ‘normal’, the actors/actresses, volunteers, and patrons of STC are in full swing and the community could not be happier about it. We were so fortunate to be called to help them clear out some old and welcome in a new era of post-pandemic performances. 

Plays and More!

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is not just a performance venue, however. The STC offers a variety of community activities for youth and adults. You can take part in a class, participate in an online ‘Shakespeare Live’ event or ‘Mock Trial’ involving some of the nation’s best judges, or attend a camp! There is no limit to the fun you can have here. The next performance is, “The Merchant of Venice” and debuts on March 22nd, 2022! Be sure to get your tickets.

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As the company – and the company – grows at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, we look forward to being a part of it, hauling away the old to make way for the new and exciting! If you are a local theater, school, or business and need a dumpster as you begin the post-pandemic purge, please contact us. We provide delivery all over the east coast and have the longest rental period in the industry!

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How Covid-19 Impacted Trash

mask garbage on sidewalkA shocking repercussion of the pandemic is one that would never cross the minds of most people. While we are focused on how Covid-19 has impacted businesses, hospitals, and families – there is a major consequence that has gone largely ignored – our trash. While Americans have always been one of the highest consumers of single-use plastics, the pandemic has caused this to increase. Before 2020, there were about 8 million metric tons of plastics being deposited into the oceans each year – many fear that the pandemic has caused this amount to almost double.

The Pandemic and Waste

While healthcare workers have been focused on saving lives, and rightly so, an increase in the healthcare waste footprint could be causing a lot more issues to the environment. Each day, hospitals around the country are discarding thousands of pounds of medical waste. This waste cannot be thrown out like your daily paper, it needs to be processed. As pandemic induced worker-shortages have impacted industry after industry – waste management was not left out. Without employees, many waste management and recycling locations shut down temporarily, some permanently, leaving a heap of medical waste, recyclables, and other classified trash. In addition, some recycling centers and waste management businesses put a pause on processing waste due to the fear of surface transmission of the disease. 

Notably, millions of face masks, both surgical and KN95s/N95s, and other PPE (personal protective equipment) have caused a dramatic increase in waste. Walk by any public trash and you will notice 1 or more discarded face masks- all of which can be blamed on Covid-19. It is estimated that hospitals in bigger areas are producing 7.5 pounds of covid-related medical waste per person per day. In big cities around the world, such as New York City or Jakarta, the rate of healthcare waste has increased 500% since the pandemic began.

Ways You Can Help

When the pandemic began, waste management was not a priority. As we start seeing things get better around the country, it is time to start focusing on decreasing our environmental impact. Here are some ways you can help decrease your waste footprint:

  • Switch to a Better Mask. The CDC recommends wearing an N95 or KN95 whenever possible. These masks are not single-use and have been shown to stop particles better than surgical masks. With these high-quality masks now widely available at most drugstores or on Amazon, ditching the single-use mask is a no-brainer.
  • Buy Reusable Water Bottles. Drinking out of single-use plastic water bottles has always been a problem, but the pandemic made the problem worse. Most emergency response units, hospitals, and businesses switched to plastic water bottles to stop people from touching and using water fountains or sharing cups and bottles. We now know that the virus does not survive well on surfaces. Switching to a metal or glass water bottle will not only decrease the number of plastics in the ocean but be better for your overall health.
  • Be Determined to Recycle. Recycling centers are back open in most cities around the country. When possible, separate your trash and make the effort to recycle. There really is no excuse not to anymore.

Trash is Changing

It is incredible how a pandemic has changed the way we deal with trash. Not only in how we handle it (due to virus spread), but how much we produce, what kind we discard, and where we see waste increasing. We are not out of the woods yet, in terms of the pandemic and negative environmental impacts.

At Roll-Off Dumpster, we are committed to educating our customers on the right way to dispose of their waste. While we offer large dumpsters and the longest rental period in the industry, we are also very knowledgeable when it comes to recycling and can point you in the right direction when you are not sure what, or where, to throw out your trash. We deliver dumpsters to a wide service area up and down the east coast and southern US. and would be happy to assist you! Contact us today for a quote.

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Delivers to the Discovery Channel

Our team at Roll-Off Dumpster Direct had a very exciting end to 2021 with a fun dumpster delivery to the Discovery Channel’s Network Hub at the Silver Spring Metro Plaza in Maryland. Because our company is able to deliver, offer easy scheduling, and has long rental periods, we were a top pick for Discovery. We feel incredibly lucky to provide services for a wide variety of businesses and industries – as we never know where it will take us!

Discovery Channel

Many don’t realize that this company does not just produce programs for Discovery Channel, but for channels and programs like:

  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • Travel
  • Motor Trend

and, so much more! There are exciting things happening at the Discovery office in Maryland, including new seating areas, lighting, plantings, and an on-site fitness center. Silver Spring Metro Plaza is also attracting new food and beverage destinations, including Silver Branch Brewing Company’s new taproom opening by the end of the year. Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is so excited to be a part of the ongoing improvements to this great company.

We are ready to thrive in 2022! If you or your business needs a dumpster delivery, please contact us. We deliver and offer one of the longest rental periods in the industry.

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6 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Christmas TreeWith Christmas just days away, you may be wondering what you are going to do with the lights and the tree. Well, if you are the type of family that opts for a fake tree– then the solution is easy. Box it up and store it away for next year. For those that like a little more adventure during their holidays, getting rid of your Christmas tree can take a little more effort. 

Average trees will fit in your dumpster, but unless you want to see them go to a landfill, this may not be the best option. So- where can you get rid of your tree? Keep reading to see what your other options are for giving your tree new life after the holiday season. 

What To Do With Your Christmas Tree After The Holidays

  1. Saw it up for firewood: Firewood is becoming increasingly expensive to buy as a bundle. A great use of your Christmas tree is to chop it up for your own outdoor firewood. Whether you let it dry out for use during your summer camping expeditions, or use it in your firepit on warmer evenings, this should save you a buck or two. Remember not to use your tree for an indoor fire, as the creosote on untreated pine can burn too hot and become a dangerous fire hazard for your home. 
  2. Think About Springtime: You don’t need special or extra equipment! Just break the tree into small bits with whatever tools you have on hand. Don’t worry about the needles—if they end up in the soil they’ll help your plants retain moisture. Putting down the larger pieces first before backfilling in with soil will allow your plants to grow deeper roots and be more stable when the growing period takes off!
  3. Recycle It: Check the details in your city. Some offer curbside recycling, but many don’t. In that case, most cities offer a location where you can drop off your tree and have it recycled when the time comes. In fact, many cities encourage you to drop your trees off at the local zoo, as they use these trees for homes for the animals or exercise areas in the exhibits.
  4. Treat Your Dog to a Log: While you probably don’t want to give your entire tree to your dog, chopping up your tree into some fun-sized logs for your dog can make for a fun afternoon of fetch. It will also give your dog a chew toy (for a little while anyway).
  5. Make Crafts: Chop the tree trunk into 2-inch disks to create rustic decor items. Use them on your walkway, garden, or dress them up for use in the kitchen as a Lazy Susan or place for salt and pepper to live. 
  6. Start a Compost Pile: You can compost your tree! In fact, it makes a great first item for a new compost pile. Also, for more composting info, head over to our composting guide

Rent A Dumpster For Easy Clean Out

If you are getting rid of a Christmas tree alongside other decorations and belongings, your best bet is to rent a dumpster for easy cleanout. We drop off the dumpster at any location of choice, and when the dumpster is full or ready for removal we send a truck to remove the waste, making it a hassle-free job for you and your family. For more information, contact us today!

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Organizations We Sponsor in Southern Florida

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct enjoys giving back to the local communities of Southern Florida. Located in Boca Raton, we are able to support many amazing non-profits and organizations in the West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale areas. Recently, we supported the following organizations:

Rebuilding Together Logo

Rebuilding Together Broward County, Inc. is a local affiliate of the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe and healthy home for every person while improving the existing low-income housing stock.

 

FAU logoThe Florida Atlantic University Ice Hockey Club (FAU) is heading into its 20th year of play and is comprised of FAU student-athletes from the United States, Canada, and Argentina. The team participates in Division II of the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) and has been a member of the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) since the 2019-2020 season.

 

jrleague logoThe Junior Leagues are organizations of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

 

 

Bonnet House LogoBonnet House, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501c3, whose mission is to celebrate the story of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett by preserving the art, history, and nature of Bonnet House, providing inspiration and respite for all. Its mission is to preserve the history of Southern Florida.

 

 

boca raton football club logoBoca Raton Football Club is a semi-professional soccer team playing in the United Premier Soccer League that was founded in 2015 by local businessmen, athletes, and soccer fans.

 

 

ICC logoThe International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest, volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Every year, volunteers from over 100 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes, and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways. 

 

 

 

 

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20+ Things to Get Rid of When You Move

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Moving can be an incredibly stressful time. Not only are you changing your comfort zone, but you may be changing careers, cities, and even relationships. So the last thing you probably want to deal with is packing. Fortunately, moving is an excellent opportunity to purge unneeded items that will clutter your new space and allow you to assess what is essential as you ‘move’ on.

The best way to make packing for a move go smoothly is to make lists. Before dumping all your random stuff into one box and calling it good, separate it into categories and start your purge from there. Below are some lists of things to get rid of when you move. 

The Office 

  1. Notebooks, Planners, & Calendars. Throw out old notebooks, calendars, planners, or notepads that have been used. Shred private documents that are no longer needed or set aside in a to-file pile. 
  2. Writing Tools. Toss dead pens and markers. Grab a scratch piece of paper and test your writing tools. If they are dead or starting to fade, toss them. There’s no reason to take those along.
  3. The Extras. Donate extra folders or empty notebooks to a good cause. If you don’t plan on filling these up anytime soon, many students in your community need supplies.
  4. The Little Things. Paperclips, sticky notes, miniature erasers – throw them out! These are all small and will get lost at the bottom of your moving boxes, stuck in your vacuum cleaner, or never seen again. It’s better just to start new as these little things are incredibly cheap.
  5. Books. Pass along books you have read or donate them. Some books are worth keeping forever, but remember, books are heavy. Be very strict about what you will read again. Unless you have hired a moving company, you don’t want to be lifting 50-pound boxes of books when you move.

The Bedroom

  1. Bedding & Mattresses. Start with your bedding. Moving is a fantastic time to go shopping for new bedding and mattresses. Unless you recently purchased these items, they are worth recycling. 
  2. Clothes and Shoes. While we don’t think it is necessary to be as strict as Marie Kondo, we know that Americans tend to hoard things in their closet. Go through your clothing items and be realistic. If you have not worn an outfit in the last 12 months, donate it. If it is worn out or has holes, throw it out. 
  3. Hangers. They are cheap, and as you are sorting, you will most likely break a few. Throw them out and start fresh with a bundle of new hangers when you move.
  4. Toys. If sorting through a kid’s bedroom, throw out broken toys that cannot be repaired. If a toy has sat at the bottom of the toy box for the last few months, donate it. Box up clothes that are too small for your children and either donate them or set them aside for the next baby (only keep the items in good shape or that have special meaning). 

The Living Room

  1.  Furniture. You may not want to hear this, but it’s time to choose a new couch. Your new home will have a different layout, most likely, which means getting furniture that fits the space will be key to creating a functional living area. The good news is that you can sell your furniture! If it is in good condition, without rips or stains, you should be able to get a good chunk of cash to pay for your new furniture swag.
  2. Rugs. Time to roll up the old carpet and toss it. Not only do rugs collect bacteria and dust mites, but they won’t match your new aesthetic. Start with a clean rug, and you’ll be happier and healthier.
  3. Wall Pictures & Decor. Unless it was given to you by your great-grandmother or it is a picture of your sweet family, you should sort or donate decor.
  4. Entertainment. We hope you aren’t, but it’s time to move on if you are still carting around that old 90s VHS or DVD player. Don’t even bother donating them; just throw it out. Not only are these outdated, but they take up a lot of space. Instead, try a streaming service with Firestick or Roku and let your life begin anew. DVDs and CDs can be ripped to your computer and be discarded or donated.

The Bathroom

  1. All of it. Yes, we mean it: old bath towels, washcloths, and mats should be thrown out. It is a cheap room when wanting to start over. Also, please don’t take your old toothbrush with you. 

The Kitchen

  1. Cleaning Supplies. We recommend using any cleaning supplies for your move-out clean and then correctly and safely throw them away before you move. Transporting cleaning products can be dangerous. If they get spilled, they can damage the boxes and items they are around. It is best to buy new when you move.
  2. Old or Unused Appliances. If you just now remember you have a food processor at the bottom of the pantry, you can probably donate it or sell it. Chances are, you aren’t going to change your cooking habits anytime soon.
  3.  Food. No, we don’t recommend throwing away the hundreds of dollars worth of food, beverages, and snacks in your pantry. A good rule to follow is to eat from home as much as possible before you move. Don’t add new items to your pantry. Get creative with your recipes and use up as much as you can. Groceries are getting expensive, so don’t throw food away but try to pack as little as you can. If you are moving cross-country or aren’t planning on moving into your new place right away- throw away all perishables.

We Can Help

While this list is not exhaustive, we hope it helps give you a good starting point as you begin thinking about what to get rid of when you move. We also recommend using our services if you feel overwhelmed or have too much stuff that needs to be thrown away. We offer different sizes of residential dumpsters and offer the most extensive rental period (21-days) in the industry. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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How to Dispose of Batteries

Hands Holding Batteries

You may not give it a second thought. Dead batteries? Straight to the garbage, right? Sadly, many people don’t realize that throwing away their batteries in their kitchen trash can actually cause environmental damage, fires, and even threaten drinking water in the area. The EPA has recommendations for battery disposal. These guidelines are essential when discarding batteries safely. 

Alkaline vs. Rechargeable Batteries

Batteries have evolved immensely over the last several decades. People have replaced the standard household AA, 9-Volt, or D Cell batteries with rechargeable batteries for remotes, smoke detectors, clocks, flashlights, or everyday household items.

Although rechargeable batteries look like a typical alkaline battery, they are a different breed. Instead of throwing these out the first time their charge dies, you can fit these into a port that plugs into an outlet. Manufacturers make these batteries out of metals such as lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, nickel-zinc, and even lead! Discarding these improperly can lead to dangerous issues as chemicals end up in streams and landfills.

Proper Disposal of Batteries

When discarding a basic, non-rechargeable alkaline battery, such as the AA, D Cell, or 9 Volt batteries, taping the ends before tossing them can prevent them from becoming hazardous. In addition, place these batteries in a box or safe container. You can then dispose of these in your kitchen garbage.

Rechargeable batteries cannot be thrown away and usually need to be recycled. Before deciding to get rid of these, check the labeling on the battery or seal itself. The packaging on the individual battery will indicate whether or not they can be recycled and should even provide information about manufacturer recommendations and websites.

Locations to Recycle Batteries

There are a few options for recycling batteries. While not the most convenient option, mailing your rechargeable batteries back to the manufacturer is an excellent way to dispose of these. If you don’t have time to do this, here are a few other choices:

  • Rechargeable Batteries:
    • Drop them off at the Home Depot. You can recycle any battery that weighs less than 11 lbs and has less than 300-watt hours at the store through a program called Call2Recycle. Ask an associate where these bins are located.
    • Contact your local landfill or city public works department and ask if they have any special events coming up that would allow you to recycle an old, rechargeable battery.
  • Vehicle Batteries:
    • If you are trying to recycle a car battery, the easiest way to dispose of it is to take them to any automotive retailer in your area.

It may not be something you think of every day, but please remember to dispose of batteries properly to avoid hazardous waste ending up in landfills, streams, and drinking water. Unfortunately, while we assist with the disposal of several different types of waste, we cannot dispose of batteries with our dumpster rental options. Our team at Roll-Off Dumpster Direct would be happy to help you with jobs that require dumpsters on site. Also, be sure to check back on our blog for more education on proper disposal and recycling.

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The National Academy of the Sciences: Roll-Off Dumpster Direct’s Latest Delivery Stop

ScientistEveryone needs to throw away garbage from time to time, even the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Roll-Off Dumpster Direct’s recent delivery stop.

NAS is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, along with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

What is the NAS?

After President Lincoln signed an Act of Congress in 1863, the NAS was born. Serving to advise our nation on matters of science and technology, this private nonprofit is made up of peer-elected scientists distinguished by their research excellence. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s news page is a treasure-trove of information regarding the goings-on in the scientific community. Recent news pieces include:

Know a Scientist Who Should Win an Award?

The NAS is currently accepting nominations for awards in a variety of scientific fields. If you would like to nominate someone, click here to learn how.

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Organizations We Sponsor in the Philadelphia Area

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct enjoys giving back to the local community. Our headquarters is located outside Philadelphia, and there are tons of amazing non-profits and organizations in the area. In 2020 and 2021, we supported the following organizations:

Bartrams Gardens Logo

Bartram’s Gardens is a public park and 50-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the non-profit John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and welcoming an estimated 100,000 visitors each year.

The Food Trust

The Food Trust is headquartered in Philadelphia and is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions.

Friends of Delaware Canal

The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, non-profit organization working to restore, preserve, and improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings. Our primary goals are to ensure the Canal is fully-watered from Easton to Bristol and the towpath trail is usable over its entire length.

Cheltenham Little League

Cheltenham Little League is a local baseball organization for kids. The primary objective of the corporation is to serve as educator of children through their participation in youth sports, and to teach them the value and ideals of good sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, dependability, accountability, loyalty, honesty and respect for authority. 

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