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Cleaning Retention Ponds Using Our Dumpsters

PondWe were happy to hear that one of our clients put our dumpsters to good use by cleaning out retention ponds with our products!

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we understand the important role retention ponds play in keeping our communities safe, clean, and environmentally sound, so we are proud of the role we played in helping maintain them.

What is a Retention Pond?

Most people don’t think twice about where the rain goes after it flows off the street. But the fact is, this influx of water can cause flooding. It also runs the risk of eroding river and stream banks and overwhelming your city’s sewer systems.

This is why a crucial element to the infrastructure of a growing community is retention ponds. These are used to divert water away from where it can cause harm. Excess water collects in the pond and is then released in a controlled manner, usually through a metal tube. This allows the water to release gradually, thereby decreasing the risk of flooding and erosion.

Retention Pond Maintenance 

Retention ponds do require regular maintenance to ensure that they’re healthy and effective. A few important maintenance tips are to keep the drainage tube free of any debris that could clog it. The best way to do this is to remove debris surrounding the pond and in the pond before it works its way into the tube.

We are always happy to hear how our dumpsters are put to good use to help others and the community, so don’t hesitate to share your dumpster story with our team!

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Sidwell Friends School’s Long Tradition of Distinguished Alumni

Sidwell Friends School LogoAt Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we are so proud of our working relationship with our newer customer, Sidwell Friends School, a highly selective K-12 institution in Bethesda, MD. 

The school’s long list of notable alumni includes NBA player Josh Hart; William “Bill Nye the Science Guy” Nye; Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton; and Malia Obama, daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama. Sasha Obama, the Obama’s youngest daughter, will graduate from Sidwell Friends in 2019.

The Effects of Quaker Values

Perhaps the school’s reputation for turning out distinguished alumni has to do with the institution’s dedication to Quaker values–mutual respect, inclusiveness, peace, and equality.

A study that ended in January of 2016 revealed that Quaker schools tend to produce students who are highly engaged with learning opportunities.

The most notable difference between Quaker and traditional public schools is the daily “Meeting for Worship.” At first glance, these look like school assemblies where the entire school gathers in silence. However, unlike during an assembly, every student and staff member has the chance to address the entire school and be heard during the meeting.

Research shows that when children feel they are attending school in a friendly, egalitarian environment, they tend to be more involved in their studies.

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct applauds Sidwell Friends School for its success and dedication, and is thankful for the opportunity to work with such a fine institution.

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Opens a New Office in North Carolina

Charlotte at NightWe’re excited to announce our newest expansion! This time, we’ve opened a new location in Huntersville, NC. From this office, we will serve all of North Carolina.

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we know how to branch into new locations without sacrificing the quality of our services. Since 2016, we’ve also opened offices in New Jersey and Florida. We can’t wait to get started delivering dumpsters all around the Tar Heel State, in cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Durham.

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, we love North Carolina and are looking forward to serving the community here!

Rent a Dumpster in North Carolina

If you’re opening a new business, moving to a new home, or starting a new construction project, renting a dumpster could make the process a little easier. Since Roll-Off Dumpster offers competitive rates and flexible rental periods, we are a great choice! Choose from our stock that includes 10, 20, 30, and 40 yard dumpsters. Enjoy our efficient, courteous service.

Check out our North Carolina Dumpster page for more information. 

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Do I need a dumpster permit?

Dumpster permits are typically only required when placing a dumpster on public property such as a street, easement, or sidewalk.

Please contact your local township office or public works department to determine exact permit requirements for your specific situation. Permit requirements can vary within the same town based on placement specifics!

Reach out to us any time via phone (888-885-2048) or email ([email protected]) with any dumpster permit question or concern.

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Seth Rogan and James Franco Star in the Short Film “Dumpster Diving”

Seth Rogan Stars in Dumpster DivingWe are excited about this short film, created by highschoolers, that features dumpsters as a recurring plot point! The star studded cast includes Seth Rogan, James Franco, Nick Kroll, and Hannah Simone.

Thanks to a collaboration between Seth Rogan, his friend Evan Goldberg, and input from Adrienne Slover, a kindergarten teacher in Toronto, high school and elementary students had the opportunity to create a short film.

Getting Their Feet Wet in Hollywood Film-Making

Students from two schools, a high school in Hollywood and an elementary school in Toronto, had the chance to submit applications to work with “professionals in the film industry.” The application involved answering questions like “What are your favorite films?” and “What would you like to do to help your community?”

On filming day, students found out that they would be working with stars like Franco and Rogan.

The film’s focus is on bullying, but with a comedic twist. At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct,  we are happy that the film both begins and ends in a dumpster!

We would like to thank everyone involved with “Dumpster Diving” for bringing dumpsters to Hollywood, where they belong.

Check out the full story here. You can watch the video below:

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Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is a powerful storm that is projected to make landfall in Florida by Saturday evening. We urge all of you in the area to take the proper precautions for staying safe.

Stay Safe During the Storm

Follow Governor Scott’s advice, if you are in an evacuation area, get out now. If you’re not sure if your location is flood prone, check this map.

If you evacuate your home, be sure to store important documents in a waterproof container and move it to high ground if possible. Reinforce your windows and garage doors, set a rendezvous point with family members, and create an emergency preparedness kit.

What to Include in Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit

  1. A Week’s Worth of Bottled Water and Food for Family and Pets. Canned and dried goods are your best bet. Don’t forget your manual can-opener. 
  2. Flashlight, Batteries, and Radio. These will help you stay safe and monitor the storm in the event that you lose electricity.
  3. First-Aid Kit. Stock basic supplies for treating injuries and medications for all family members who take them.
  4. Gasoline. Fill your cars and generators. Fuel prices are likely to skyrocket after the storm.
  5. Disposable Items and Board Games. While not a matter of life or death, extra trash bags, paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet paper, and basic activities will help you to retain a sense of humanity if things get rough during the storm.

For more tips on hurricane safety, check out this article.

Our Thoughts are With Our Florida Customers

According to one of our Florida vendors, an 185 mph wind failed to move his dumpster! Although dumpsters may be very resilient, the wind is still likely to blow around any debris left inside. Our thoughts are with all of our Florida customers and vendors through the storm. Stay safe!

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Philly’s Splashiest Party Works Around Dumpster Pool Ban

Cedar Street Road Barrier Pool

Photo Courtesy of Danya Henninger/Billy Penn

Last year, Philadelphia made international news when the Cedar Street Block Party featured a dumpster pool.

Philadelphia law enforcement was not happy about the pool and refused to issue future permits for parties on this block. However, the forces behind this annual jamboree wouldn’t be stopped so easily.

Operation Jersey Girl

After getting bounced around from department to department, Seth Myers, the party’s organizer, was able to obtain the city’s reluctant approval for another block party. His permit did specify that absolutely no dumpster pools would be permitted.

An architectural designer and avid cliff jumper, Seth Myers is an innovative sort who was ready to come up with an alternative to dumpster pools. That’s where “Operation Jersey Girl” came into play.

The Roadblock Pool

For several weeks before the party, Seth and his friends rounded up any Jersey plastic barriers they saw. They used these to create a 12′ X 8′ rectangle, added a layer of AstroTurf to the bottom, and tied down several waterproof tarps over the whole thing.

The entire neighborhood was invited to the party on Saturday, July 29. Dozens of residents turned out and the pool was a hit among all age groups.

Party-goers also enjoyed a moon-bounce, dunk tanks, a giant water slide tunnel, and more.

Check out the full story and see photos of the pool here.

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Target Will Retire Beloved Brands, But Add New Ones to the Mix

Target StoreRoll-Off Dumpster Direct is proud of the relationships we have built with various clients. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with several Target stores along the East Coast.

We are excited about Target’s upcoming changes that will help evolve the store to keep up with the changing times.

New Brands

Target is doing away with beloved brands, including Mossimo, Merona, Cherokee, and Circo. 

In their place, Target is introducing new brands:

  • A New Day, women’s apparel
  • Goodfellow & Co, men’s apparel
  • JoyLab, athletic wear
  • Project 62, home decor

What’s the Reason for the Changes?

In an interview Mark Tritton, Target’s executive VP and chief merchandising officer, said the brands were performing well, but Target executives saw a chance to create a distinctive personality for their store.

Roughly one year ago, Target launched Cat & Jack, a children’s clothing line. Even though their other kids’ brands were performing well, like Cherokee and Circo, launching Cat & Jack had excellent results. Since the new branding, customers feel more loyal to and have a newly established preference for Target.

Executives are hoping to keep the ball rolling by creating some new branding.

New Store Layouts

In 2017, Target plans to remodel 110 stores. The first new style store will make its debut in the Houston suburbs this October.

The most notable difference in the new style stores is the dual entrances–one that offers seasonal displays for a more leisurely experience, and one for picking up online orders for those looking to get in and out quickly.

The quick section will also feature a “last minute” area where guests can pick up essentials like lunchboxes and snacks during back to school, or greeting cards and flowers during mother’s day.

We can’t wait to see these updates take shape!

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Our Top Five Sun Care Tips

Skin care SPF Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has the pleasure of delivering dumpsters to several CVS Pharmacies along the East Coast.

In May of this year, the retail pharmacy giant announced that their stores will no longer carry sunscreens with an SPF lower than 15.

Five Tips for Protecting Your Skin This Summer

Using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is one of many methods the FDA recommends for decreasing risk of skin cancer and other sun-related skin damage. We thought it was fitting to provide 5 more tips for skin protection.

  1. Make Sure Your Sunscreen is Broad Spectrum: There are two types of sun rays, both of which can cause skin cancer and lasting skin damage. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays have longer waves and can cause skin aging; ultraviolet B (UVB) rays have shorter waves and cause sunburn. Unless your sunscreen says it’s broad spectrum, it likely only offers UVB protection. 
  2. Take Other Measures to Protect Your Skin: Sunscreen is only one step. The FDA also recommends seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, wearing a hat with a 3 inch or wider brim, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes. 
  3. Reapply Every 2 Hours: You need to reapply sunscreen every two hours, and more often if you’ve been sweating or swimming. Companies are no longer allowed to make claims that they’re product is waterproof, but some will say they are water resistant up to 40 or 80 minutes. 
  4. Everyone Older Than 6 Months Needs Sunscreen: No matter your skin tone, familial history, race, or ethnicity, you are susceptible to sun damage. The one exception to this rule is that babies younger than 6 months should not wear sunscreen, as their skin is sensitive to the ingredients in sunscreen. However, babies’ skin is incredibly sensitive to the sun, so it’s important that they are in the shade and wear protective clothing when outside. 
  5. Apply Correctly: The average-sized person needs to apply 1 oz of sunscreen — enough to fill a shot glass. If you are larger or smaller, adjust the amount as needed so that all of your skin that isn’t covered by clothing is generously coated.

We hope all our clients have a fun summer and keep their skin safe!

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Texas Professor Builds Dumpster-Inspired Homes

Kasita MicrohomeAmerican products are known for being extra large, and everything is especially bigger in Texas. One man is challenging that notion.

Jeff Wilson, a college professor from Austin, TX lived in a dumpster for an entire year. In his 6-by-6 foot dumpster, Wilson was able to install solar power, basic cooking accommodations,  a composting toilet, and a solar heated shower.

Wilson’s goal was to prove to his students that he could live on 1% of the electricity and water the average American uses in 1% of the space.

Now that the project is over, Wilson is rolling out dumpster-inspired micro homes via his new company, Kasita. This startup company builds tiny homes packed with the most advanced technologies to reduce the carbon footprints of their occupants.

From flat screen TVs, to clothes washers, these tiny homes have all the amenities we’re used to in a fraction of the space. While the median American home size is 2,467 square feet, Kasitas are 352.

While this model is a bit different from the 6X6 original that is near and dear to our hearts here at RDD, it’s difficult to forget the roots of the first Kasita microhouse. 

 

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