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Students Save Their Favorite Snack from the Landfill With Customized Dumpsters

pizza sliceCollege students are notorious for pizza consumption.

While pizza is a diet staple that keeps college students satiated as they study into the night, this treat comes with its fair share of waste. And since the grease, cheese, and other food residue on the pizza boxes make the cardboard unfit for recycling, disposal is a sustainability issue.

Pizza Box Dumpster

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After a spurt of ingenious brainstorming during a focus group discussion, students at NC State University came up with a creative solution to the pizza box debacle. While pizza boxes may be too much for the recycling bin, they are decomposable.

After refurbishing dumpsters and decorating them with painted-on pizzas, students placed the receptacles around campus for their peers to dispose of pizza boxes.

Since March 2014, more than 18,000 boxes have been saved from the landfill. The project has goals to increase the variety of materials that can be composted before expanding the service to new locations.

We applaud NC State for thinking outside the box and coming up with ways to reduce waste. We are also suckers for a good dumpster makeover–check out this college professor who transformed a dumpster into a house! Or these artists from Georgia, who turned theirs into works of art.

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New Jersey Garbage Guide

trash cans on curbRoll-Off Dumpster Direct has recently expanded into the Garden State! In honor of our recent new digs, we’ve created this garbage guide for our New Jersey customers.

Since trash specifics depend on the local government that serves your area, this is a general guide for New Jersey. To find out detailed information about your community’s disposal requirements, check out the website for your local magistrate. 

Regular Trash

In most communities, regular trash is picked up once a week. Place your containers at the curb after 5:30 PM the day before, or prior to 7 AM the day of your scheduled pick-up day. Place your containers within 4 feet of the roadway, and make certain that they do not impede use of the sidewalk.

You must remove the empty containers from the curb within 12 hours of trash pick-up.


Most communities in New Jersey participate in single stream recycling. This means that all recyclables can be placed into one container–no need to sort! The following items can be recycled:

Metals: Aluminum cans, aluminum foil and bake-ware, steel and tin cans

Papers: Corrugated cardboard, magazines, office paper, newspaper, paperboard, cartons, unsolicited direct mail, phone books

Glass: Clear, amber, green

Plastic: Be sure to thoroughly rinse!

What not to recycle:

  • Any glass that has food waste, dirt, or stones in it
  • Ceramic items
  • Heat-resistant glass
  • Mixed colors of glass that is broken
  • Glass from mirrors or windows
  • Crystal
  • Metal or plastic caps and lids
  • Light bulbs
  • Cathode ray tubes (found in TV and computer monitors)

Bulk Trash

Most communities throughout New Jersey offer a bulk trash pickup day as often as once a month. On bulk trash day, you can dispose of materials you ordinarily cannot. Most communities will dispose of:

Wood and Carpet Scraps: Weighing less than 50 lbs and cut into 4-foot long pieces

Furniture and Car Batteries: Place these at the curb for pick-up

Metal and Household Appliances: These include metal window frames, bed frames, washers, dryers, ovens, and water heaters

Used Motor Oil and Anti-Freeze: Must be in containers that are clearly marked “Used Motor Oil” or “Used Anti-Freeze”

These items must be placed in an automated cart. Most communities issue one cart per household but will allow residents to purchase additional carts. Garbage that is not placed in an automated cart will be tagged and you will be issued a warning. If the problem isn’t corrected, you will be charged with a fine.


Electronic items contain toxic chemicals that need to be disposed of carefully. These items include:

  • Motherboards
  • Video Game Counsels
  • Computers
  • Fax Machines
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • DVD Players
  • VCRs
  • Televisions 

It is important that you clear these items of your personal data. Simply deleting it will not prevent a criminal from stealing your personal information. This post offers helpful tips on how to wipe the data from your electronic device, as well as charities where you can donate your items.

In addition to donating your used electronics to a charity, most New Jersey communities have electronics pick up days. Check your local website for details.


Proper disposal of unneeded medications is important for safety. New Jersey has enacted “Project Medicine Drop,” an initiative that allows residents to dispose of their medications anonymously 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Simply bring your medicines to a participating police station and place them in the labeled container.

Still Not Sure What to Do With Your Garbage?

One thing the New Jersey public garbage system doesn’t handle is construction scraps. If you have a construction site and need someone to haul the garbage away, Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has you covered! From Toms River, to Jersey City,  to Elizabeth, and Trenton, we serve the entire state of New Jersey.

To get started, contact us online or give us a call at 888-885-2048.

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“Street Dish” Initiative Feeds the Hungry Via Dumpsters

Prato de RuaA new initiative in Brazil keeps food out of the trash and puts it in the hands of those who need it. 

Every day, we throw out food that is perfectly fine simply because we don’t want to deal with it anymore. It’s easy to forget that there are hungry people who would never dream of abandoning a meal. 

The tragedy is that it’s nearly impossible to get your leftovers into the hands of someone who really needs them. In an attempt to change that, the Makers Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has created an initiative, forming a supply chain to help the hungry.

Prato de Rua (Street Dish) is an initiative that operates by placing a sticker on a dumpster. The sticker encourages passersby to hang their leftovers from a knob on the dumpsters so that the city’s poorest residents can eat them.

We are happy to see that The Makers Society has found a way to use dumpsters as a platform to help those in need.



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Five Fun Facts About Costco

Front of Costco RDD makes frequent stops at Costcos along the East Cost to deliver dumpsters. We are always happy to do business with this wholesale giant!

Costco is the world’s largest membership-only warehouse club, and the second-largest retailer in the world. We think they can attribute this success to their ability to satisfy customers’ wants and needs. 

After doing some research, we found loads of lesser-known Costco facts. Find five of our favorites below. 

Five Costco Facts to Enhance Your Shopping Experience

  1. Costco loses out big time on their rotisserie chicken: With Costco customers bagging 157,000 rotisserie chickens a day, it’s safe to say most shoppers have fallen victim to that enticing scent. At $4.99 per chicken, this deal seems too good to be true–in fact, Costco has admitted to losing $30-40 million per year on this heaven-sent bird bargain. Rather than increase the price, they keep the deal going for their customers’ benefit. Another great steal? Costco’s hot dog and soda combo has cost $1.50 for more than 30 years.
  2. The frozen food aisle is more romantic than you remember: Robert and Meredith Bonilla met in the frozen food section at Costco in 2013. In 2015, they held their wedding in the same place! 
  3. Costco, your apocalypse headquarters: Looking to furnish your fall-out shelter with some easy-to-store eats? You’ll want to purchase Costco’s Emergency Cube, a cardboard box packed with a years’ worth of meals for 4 people. The food inside is safe to eat for 25 years after purchase. Unlike many Costo products, this one isn’t such a bargain. It will set you back $3,999.99.
  4. The low-down on inventory nomenclature: Observant shoppers will notice a few things about Costco pricing. Understanding the method to the madness will make bargain hunting a breeze! When a Costco item is still at full price, the price ends in .99. If you find an item price ending in .97, that means it is marked down from its original cost. See an asterisk after the item’s price? That means it won’t be reordered, so if you gotta have it, buy it now!
  5. Costco liquor club, membership not required: If the liquor section at your Costco has a separate entrance, you don’t need a membership to shop there! The same rule applies if the entrance is in the store, just head to the customer service desk for a “Temporary Alcohol Shopping Pass” and Bob’s your uncle.

After learning these facts, we are even more intrigued by the strange and magical world of Costco Wholesale Corporation! Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is happy to serve Costco’s waste disposal needs.

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Dumpster Diving Janitor Rescues Retainer

retainerRetainers are orthodontic appliances that help maintain a straight smile.

They are designed to be discrete, so they’re easy to miss, especially when they aren’t in your mouth. Since they need to be removed while eating, accidental retainer disposal is a tale too often told. Unfortunately, retainers can costs upwards of $600 for a replacement set.

If it weren’t for the intervening of a dumpster diving janitor, this would have been the fate of a 4th grade student, Rowan, who mistakenly threw away her brand new retainer after lunch on baked bean and chicken sandwich day.

After eating lunch, Rowan headed to recess where she realized she must have thrown away her retainer. She alerted Rusty Mailliard, a janitor at Oakdale Elementary school in Omaha, who dove into the school dumpsters to retrieve the dental appliance. 

Rowan and her mother are grateful to Rusty’s efforts and are glad he was there to save the day. 

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we love a good dumpster diving story! Check out our past dumpster diving post about a Tufts University student who runs a free restaurant using food he salvages from dumpsters.


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From Trash to Table

If you’re like most Americans, when you eat strawberries, you cut off the green leafy tops
and throw them away. When you have cold, leftover dredges in the bottom of your coffee pot, you pour them down the drain without a second thought. 

Salvage Supperclub

Salvage Supperclub not only prepares food items that are typically discarded, but they serve the finished product inside a dumpster. By creating gourmet meals from food scraps that usually go to waste, they promote sustainable eating habits and challenge people to rethink food.

In the dumpster dining room, Salvage Supperclub serves dishes like “Office Coffee Butter & Recycled Rice Bread,” “Candied Strawberry Tops” and “Broccoli Stalk Slaw.” They use not so attractive scraps, like bruised fruit, pineapple cores, and mushroom stems, to concoct delicious dishes.

Salvage Supperclub is based in New York City but rolls their thoroughly disinfected dumpster all across the country.


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Roll-Off Dumpster Expands to New Jersey

Hoboken Recently, we decided to extend our affordable dumpster rental opportunities into New Jersey. Our new site is located at 2 University Plaza, STE 100, Hackensack, NJ, 07601. You can also reach the office by calling 201-490-4025. We will be serving the entire state of New Jersey. 

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we are always looking for the opportunity to expand. We have perfected branching out to new locations while keeping the quality of our service as high as ever. We are excited to begin conducting business in all of New Jersey, including Jersey City, Toms River, Trenton, and Elizabeth. From the beautiful beach towns, to the suburbs of Philadelphia, to North Jersey, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity!

Better Dumpster Rentals in New Jersey

Dumpsters can come in handy if you’re moving to a New Jersey home, opening a new business, or starting a construction project. With our affordable rates and flexible rental periods, Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is your go-to for your dumpster rentals! We have a variety of sizes available, including 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards. Our customers enjoy efficient and friendly service. 

To learn more about the services we offer or to get a free online quote, visit our New Jersey dumpster rental page. We recently expanded to Florida, as well.

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Dumpsters Repurposed Into Public Mobile Parks

Some people look at a dumpster and see a place to dump trash.

Others look at dumpsters and see real potential, like the public works department in Tempe, Arizona, who turned old dumpsters into public recreational areas.

KTar News reported that the public works department took old dumpsters and filled them Pink Flower Cactuswith dirt and planted cacti, flowers, and full-sized trees. Next, they created a seating area along the outside of the dumpster. One of the patios even has a built-in solar-powered phone charging station!

The result? A mobile recreational area that includes a garden and a bench. Since the dumpsters would have been disposed of otherwise, this project was completely free to taxpayers. 

“We want to reuse, we want to repurpose, we want to recycle whenever we possibly can, and this is a really creative way of using something that wasn’t going to be used,” said Kris Baxter-Ging, spokesperson for the city of Tempe.

So far, there are three mini dumpster parks in Tempe. They plan to roll them around to different locations throughout the year. 

Tempe is one of few cities adopting the practice of dumpster parks, but we could see dumpster patios as a hot new trend, nationwide!

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Dumpster, Or Potential Masterpiece?

oil painting paletteDumpsters typically aren’t thought of as beautiful, but in a new project, a Georgia city is challenging that idea. In Valdosta on Sept. 17, local artists took their paint brushes to a new kind of canvas.

The project is called Dumpster Art. After four dumpsters got a steam clean by the Valdosta Public Works Department, selected artists and art groups were invited to paint their masterpieces around town. Community children at Dewar Elementary School painted a fifth dumpster to resemble Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, but with a South Georgia twist.

Artists set up shop at various parking lots and street corners throughout town where the public could watch them create beautiful pieces of public art. The dumpsters will remain on display in Valdosta for one year.

While we ask our customers to refrain from expressing their creativity on rented dumpsters, we love to hear about stories like this! We are extending a special thank you to the people of Valdosta for proving that dumpsters can be more than just waste. 

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Philadelphia Says No to Dumpster Pools

Macro Sea Dumpster Pool

Overview of Macro Sea Dumpster Pool

Dumpster pools have been all the rage — we even reported on them in a previous post. However, the City of Philadelphia recently shut down the party after a block party rented a dumpster, filled it with water from a fire hydrant, and waded right in.

The city’s response wasn’t as lighthearted. The Streets Department is refusing to issue future block party permits to the street of the crime. Additionally, officials have questioned the dumpster rental company on their lack of permits and street protection.

The following is a clip from a statement released by the Mayor’s Office:

  • First and foremost, this could reduce the amount of water available should a fire break out in that neighborhood.  So if you would like to have water available should a fire break out in your home, don’t illegally tap a hydrant
  • There is also the potential loss of life by injury due to the hydrant water pushing a small child or even an adult into oncoming traffic.
  • Finally, remember that the pressure of the water coming out of the hydrant is so strong, and so powerful, that if opened too quickly or closed too quickly, it could deliver a jolt to the main of sufficient force that could break the main … and many blocks could lose water service until it is repaired.

What are your thoughts on dumpster pools and Philly’s reaction? Would you swim in a dumpster  pool?


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