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20+ Things to Get Rid of When You Move


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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Organizations We Sponsor in the Atlanta Area

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct enjoys giving back to the local communities that give so much to them. During 2020 and 2021 we have sponsored the following organizations and events in the Atlanta area:

Happy Tails Pet Therapy annually holds a race to benefit themselves, a local Atlanta non-profit. Participants can choose between a 5k and 1-Mile Race and are encouraged to bring their furry friend.

Freedom Farmers Market

Freedom Farmers Market is open year-round in the Cater Center of Atlanta. The organic, local products they include are fresh produce, grass-fed meats, dairy including cheese, yogurt, butter, milk, farm fresh eggs, handmade pasta and preserves, baked goods, coffee, and more.


Life Cycle Building Center helps Atlanta tackle its overwhelming solid waste problem by building the infrastructure needed to redirect reusable materials away from landfills and back into the local community.

DPT Board

Dunwoody Preservation Trust is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Dunwoody. They encourage and inspire the explorations of Dunwoody’s history through educational programs, publications, collections, and research.

Cornhole ATL

Cornhole ATL came to the Atlanta area 9 years ago and started in John Howell Park. Now, they have an official CornholeATL league at a private venue.

MG Walk logo

MG Walk raises money for Myasthenia Gravis research towards better treatments, bringing us closer to a cure, and supports services for those living with MG. The walks are around nationwide.



Kosher BBQ

The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival welcomes all to join every year. Participants are encouraged to join a field team to represent the cultural diversity of BBQ and the way the Jewish community has adapted BBQ to meet our traditions. The winning field team gets prized with a trophy!

Cornhole ATL

Dog Days Run is a 5k walk/run to raise money for local Cobb charities. All are invited to join.

We enjoy sponsoring local events in all areas we service. If you’re searching for a roll-off dumpster for your home or commercial business, please contact us for information.

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Roll Off Dumpster Delivers to Ghost River Brewing Co.

Craft BeerWe are always completing fun and different dumpster deliveries, including Ghost River Brewing Co., which Roll-Off Dumpster Direct delivered to last month. 

Ghost River Brewing Co. is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and is constantly hosting new events. They offer private events, live music, food trucks, and more. Established in 2007, Ghost River Brewing Co. was the first-ever craft brewery in Memphis. 

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is excited to be able to contribute to such a cool company. If you’re in need of a roll-off dumpster for your home or commercial business, please contact us for information.

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Supplies Dumpsters to Greenville Zoo in SC

Giraffe Roll-Off Dumpster Direct in South Carolina is excited to help the Greenville Zoo. The Greenville zoo is constantly undergoing constructions and changes, which results in an overload of waste and debris. Roll-Off Dumpster Direct was able to deliver over 20 dumpsters to the Greenville Zoo. 

One of the newest construction projects happening at the Greenville Zoo is the giraffe feeding platform. This will allow people to come up and feed their giraffes and this is scheduled to be open by July 1st. Another large project the Zoo is undergoing is the Amur Leopard holding-day room. This building serves as a day room, where the visitors can view leopards when they are not in the exhibit. The Amur Leopards are a critically endangered species, with only about 100 left. This exhibit is scheduled to be open by late May. 

The Greenville Zoo recently welcomed the newest giraffe into the world by creating a fun auction. The highest bidder was able to officially name the giraffe, receive a behind-the-scenes tour, and a private keeper talk for a small group to meet the giraffe calf. The winner decided to name the baby giraffe Providence!

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is excited to be able to help contribute to the Greenville Zoo. If you’re in need of a roll-off dumpster for your home or commercial business, please contact us for information. 

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Supplies Dumpsters to New GM Technical Center in NC

Charlotte North CarolinaGeneral Motors is set to open a new technical center near Charlotte, North Carolina. This location will give GM the opportunity to expand and enhance its support for Chevrolet NASCAR race teams and other GM racing teams.  Roll-Off Dumpster Direct in Charlotte, NC is supplying dumpsters to this construction site to help with the site.

This 75,000-square-foot facility is located in Concord, North Carolina, off of the interstate-85 and less than 10 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

According to GM’s press release, “The facility will expand GM’s performance and racing capabilities, with a focus on transferring knowledge and resources from the racing programs to core vehicle engineering. The goal for the Charlotte Technical Center is to eventually house future technology and engineering development capabilities.”

“We’re thrilled to expand GM’s U.S. footprint by establishing a greater presence in Charlotte, a community that has become a racing and engineering mecca,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. 

 This new technical center will provide an opportunity to recruit potential GM employees from the growing pool of technical talent in the Charlotte area. 

We are excited to be able to supply the dumpsters for this exciting project. For more information, read the press release.

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COVID-19’s Impact on Waste Management in Virginia Beach

The Effect COVID-19 Had on Virginia Beach Waste Management

VA Beach Infographic from April-Sept 2019-2020

Infographic Provided by the City of Virginia Beach

COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on waste management throughout the country. In Virginia Beach, Public Works reported a number of changes in waste management when comparing April 2020-September 2020 to 2019 numbers.

This includes:

  • 12% increase in tons of trash (70,850 tons collected in 2020)
  • 10% increase in recycling (15, 347 tons collected in 2020)
  • 61% increase in landfill visitors (135,249 visitors in 2020)
  • 82% increase in customer service emails (81,058 total emails in 2020)

It appears that with more people at home, the result has been an increase in overall waste. 

How Is Waste Handled In Virginia Beach?

Like many towns, Virginia Beach uses an automatic collection system. The waste truck comes down residential streets, uses a mechanical arm to pick up the cans, and dumps them. If something goes awry, this can slow the process down. Complications range from an overloaded trash bin, loose trash in the containers, and light-weight materials that can easily fly away.

Yard waste is a different story in the City of Virginia Beach. A separate crew is to come around and collect bagged leaves and grass as well as small loose limbs. Dirt, wet leaves, and grass are heavy and the city is charged by the ton at the collection center. Not only does this drive up costs, but it can also damage the truck’s equipment.

How is Virginia Beach Currently Handling Waste?

Residential dumpster for rentAccording to the City of Virginia Beach, items need to be ready for pickup at the street before 7:00 a.m on their scheduled pickup day. Cans that are overflowing will not be collected, and garbage outside of the black cans will not be collected.

Yard waste will be collected on your normal collection day and does not require a work order.  Residents may place debris at the curbside in a pile that does not exceed 4 x 4 x4 feet. Residents can also dispose of smaller yard waste such as grass and leaves in up to 25 clear plastic bags.

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct provides dumpster rentals to Virginia Beach residents and businesses. Use our Get a Quote form to get an instant price.

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When To Rent a Dumpster vs When To Bag Your Trash

Dumpster filled with yard wasteYou may find yourself wondering what is the best way to dispose of your trash. Whether you are doing a large home clean out, some small spring cleaning, or a home renovation, it can be hard to determine whether you need a dumpster or if it’s just easier to bag your trash. We came up with a pro and cons list to both options to make this decision a bit easier!

Pros & Cons for Using a Dumpster


  • A dumpster provides more room for bigger waste. If you are prepping for a move or undergoing large home renovations a dumpster can hold coffee tables, couches, junk, debris, and so much more.
  • A dumpster offers safety. All your waste will be held safely in a confined space rather than on the sidewalk or on the edge of your property.
  • A roll-off dumpster is convenient. It is brought to you and picked up when you’re done.
  • A dumpster saves you time from driving to and from a waste drop-off location.
  • A dumpster gives you more flexibility with scheduling. You can choose when to have it picked up or plan to keep it for the full 21 days if you rent from Roll-Off Dumpster Direct.


  • There is an additional expense of renting a roll-off dumpster.
  • You will need to set aside space to place the dumpster.
  • Some homeowner’s associations may require a permit for a roll-off dumpster.

Pros and Cons for Bagging Your Trash


  • There is no upfront cost for bagging your trash.
  • Doing it yourself allows you to choose where to put the trash.
  • Bagging your trash allows you to have full space.


  • You cannot throw out a large amount of trash as efficiently as having a dumpster.
  • Some items can not be left out for routine trash pick-up and have to be lugged into a remote area. You may have to pay extra for this service and it’s also time and gas spent.
  • If you have a large amount of waste the regular trash pick-up may only take some of it.

We’ll Take Care of Your Trash

The answer to this question really relies on what you are doing. If the project that you are working on is going to create a large amount of waste, it might be in your best interest to rent a dumpster. This is where we can help! We have 4 different sized dumpsters to choose from – 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards, and 40 yards. A 10-yard dumpster can be a great alternative for smaller projects. We drop off our dumpsters at any location of choice and pick them up once you are done with it. If you are looking for more information, contact us today!

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