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Ikea Pilots Furniture Recycling Program

Front of an Ikea StoreWe recently had the chance to make a delivery to an Ikea store in Elizabeth, NJ.  We were interested to learn about this Swedish furniture store’s new sustainability initiative. 

Many consumers believe things that are affordable, like Ikea furniture, are also disposable. The company’s chief sustainability officer Steve Howard wants to challenge that notion by creating an innovative way to recycle old products.

Ikea’s Circular Store

Howard believes that every business has an obligation to provide avenues for recycling and repairing products. That’s why he came up with the Ikea “circular store,” where customers can bring their damaged or unwanted Ikea products and repair or recycle them. Customers would be welcome to drop by with expired couches, mattresses, and rugs, and have them repaired or recycled, so they don’t end up in the landfill. 

Ikea has conducted several successful pilots of this program, mostly in Europe. We can’t wait for them to hit the US! Click here to read the whole story on Fast Company.

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Should You Use a Bagster?

loading a dumpsterBagsters are a new invention that has shown up at retail locations across the country. Since they’re convenient to buy, many people think they’re a great substitute for a regular dumpster.

However, there are some negative points to bagsters. They aren’t suitable to every kind of job out there, so before you decide to use one, it’s good to educate yourself about their weaknesses.

Things to Consider Before Using a Bagster

  1. Durability: Bagsters aren’t as durable as regular dumpster. Since a dumpster is more heavy-duty, you can load it up with heavy things without having to worry much. On the other hand, bagsters are made of a tarp-like material with handles. You will have to be mindful of how you load it, beginning with the edges to keep its rectangular shape. It’s also important to not let things overflow over the edges.
  2. Placement: Placing a dumpster is simple. Just find a convenient location on your property. All you need to do is avoid sloped surfaces. When using a bagster, in addition to being on flat ground, they need to be picked up by a crane , so it needs to be 5 feet away from any structure or vehicle. You also need 18 feet of vertical clearance of wires, tress, and buildings.
  3. Scheduling Pick-Up: When you rent a dumpster, you can schedule the pickup on your schedule, no matter what day or time. But the company that picks up your Bagster will give you a 3-day window, and is only available on Monday-Friday between 5 AM and 8 PM. 

Before you purchase a bagster and begin working on your project, make sure you do your research and consider whether it’s the best choice.

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How to Host a Neighborhood Clean-Up

Many blue and black garbage bags with leaves on the ground. Cleaning of autumn foliage in park. Horizontal photoMaybe you have leaves and sticks piled high in your backyard, or maybe your backyard is just one giant pile of sticks and leaves! If your yard is looking a little worse for wear, chances are that so are your neighbors’, and it’s true that many hands make light work.

Each neighbor’s yard contributes to the overall look of your neighborhood, and most of us want to live in a neighborhood that is safe, well-cared for, and looks nice. However, cleaning up your yard often means raking leaves, picking up sticks, and other tasks that generate yard waste, which cannot be disposed of with regular trash.

It can be hard to keep track of which day the township has yard waste pick-up, and what if you’re going out of town that day? These are all good reasons for you and your neighbors take matters into your own hands and organize a neighborhood clean-up. 

Steps to Hosting a Neighborhood Cleanout

  1. Create a Buzz: Choose a date and print off some flyers. Distribute them around the neighborhood and start spreading the word about your plans!
  2. Rent a Dumpster: If everyone in the neighborhood contributes to the cost, a dumpster won’t put you out! Plus, it’s less expensive to haul yard waste than regular trash. 
  3. Gather Other Supplies You May Need: While you’re talking about splitting the cost of a dumpster, you may also want to consider going in together on other supplies like mulch or garden tools. This is also a good opportunity to take inventory. Maybe someone has a fancy tractor they’re willing to share, or extra edging they can donate to a neighbor’s yard. It’s also a nice idea to supply your neighbors with water and snacks on the day of the clean-up.
  4. Throw a Party: Finish off the day with a cookout to thank your neighbors for all their hard work. A fun party at the end of the day is a fabulous incentive! 

Cleaning up the neighborhood as a team is a great way to create a sense of community. You and your neighbors will have the chance to get to know each other, and those relationships will inspire you and your neighbors to look out for one another and take pride in your community.

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Millennials Love Home Depot

Home DepotWe always look forward to our delivery stops at various Home Depot stores along the East Coast! We’re happy to see that their stocks have continued to climb in recent years, despite the uncertainty surrounding brick and mortar stores.

A recent survey finds that Home Depot is popular among a very important demographic–millennials.  

Homeownership among millennials is currently at 40%, a 6% increase from 2017. Plus, there is an additional 18% of millennials who say homeownership is very likely for them within the next 2 years. As the generation grows older, purchases homes, and increases in spending power, their preferences in where they shop are starting to impact Wall Street more dramatically. 

The survey revealed that many millennials prefer to purchase older homes that they will fix up in order to save money. And when they need materials to take on these projects, they will likely head to Home Depot! 

There is no denying that it is getting competitive to operate traditional brick and mortar stores, but millennials overwhelmingly prefer to purchase home supplies in-person, instead of online. And when asked what stores they prefer to shop at, Home Depot topped the list, followed by Lowes, Amazon, and Walmart.

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we are proud to work with Home Depot and believe they can expect continued success for years to come. Click here to read the full story.

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Spring Composting Guide

Compost PileWhile we are obviously huge fans of dumpsters here at Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, one of our favorite ways to dispose of waste is through composting. Composting is the process of recycling organic matter so that it transforms into rich, nutritious soil.

If you’ve never composted before, spring is a great time to start! 

Why Compost?

When you add compost to your garden, there is no need to use chemical fertilizer. Composted soil is high in nutrients that can nourish your plants. In fact, compost is superior to chemical fertilizer since it provides a diverse blend of nutrients that are not washed away by rainfall. Compost gradually release natural nutrients that nourish your plants over time.

On the other hand, store-bought fertilizer provides a quick burst of nutrients before getting washed away into streams, causing aquatic plants to grow out of control and harm the wildlife.

Reduce Your Impact on the Planet

Compost reduces greenhouse gas emissions in two ways. It reduces the amount of fuel burned by the trucks that would have hauled your composted items to the dump, and it allows your garbage to decompose in a way that is friendly to the environment.

In the landfill, organic matter breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen), a process that creates harmful methane gas. This process can also produce leachate, which can pollute groundwater.

Compost Basics

If you have the space, you can start things off by simply piling up scraps in a corner of your yard. Many people prefer to contain their compost in a bin with a lid. You can purchase compost bins at any garden or hardware store.

Compost is made up of four elements: browns (leaves, wood chips, grass clippings, or shredded paper), greens (food and household scraps), water, and air. A good rule of thumb is to have twice as many browns as greens. If you get this balance right, you will have odorless, nutritious compost in 6-8 months.

What Can You Compost?

  1. Fruit and vegetable scraps
  2. Egg shells (crushed)
  3. Coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea leaves, and non-synthetic tea bags
  4. Spoiled soy/rice/almond/coconut milk
  5. Used paper napkins, paper towels, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, unwaxed paper plates, and paper bags
  6. Unwaxed pizza boxes, cardboard egg cartons, and cardboard boxes from cereal, pasta, etc. (Remove any plastic windows and shred)
  7. The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors, and the crumbs from snack food pacakging
  8. Cooked pasta or rice rice
  9. Stale bread, pitas, or tortillas, tortilla chips, candy, pretzels, granola bars, and potato chips
  10. Spoiled pasta sauce or tomato paste
  11. Stale crackers and cereal cereal
  12. Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which are toxic to plants)
  13. Popcorn kernels
  14. Old herbs and spices
  15. Pizza crusts
  16. Old oatmeal
  17. Avocado pits (chopped up so they don’t sprout)
  18. Wine corks (chop up so they decompose faster)
  19. Moldy cheese (in moderation)
  20. Melted ice cream (in moderation)
  21. Old jelly, jam, or preserves
  22. Stale beer and wine
  23. Toothpicks and bamboo skewers
  24. Paper cupcake or muffin cups
  25. Used tissue
  26. Hair from your hairbrush
  27. Trimmings from your razor
  28. Nail Clippings
  29. Dryer lint from natural fabrics
  30. Old cotton or wool clothes cut into pieces
  31. Bills and other plain paper documents, sticky notes, envelops, and non-glossy business cards(shredded)
  32. Pencil shavings
  33. Dust bunnies
  34. Contents of your dustpan
  35. Crumbs from under your couch cushions
  36. Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
  37. Subscription cards from magazines (shredded)
  38. Burlap sacks (cut or torn into small pieces)
  39. Old rope and twine (chopped, natural, unwaxed only)
  40. Leaves trimmed from houseplants
  41. Dead houseplants and their soil
  42. Flowers from floral arrangements
  43. Used matches
  44. Ashes from untreated wood burned in the fireplace, grill, or outdoor fire pits (in very small amounts)
  45. Grass clippings
  46. Dead autumn leaves
  47. Sawdust (from plain wood that has NOT been pressure-treated, stained or painted)
  48. Paper tablecloths (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
  49. Crepe paper streamers 
  50. Latex balloons
  51. Jack O’lanterns (smashed)
  52. Natural holiday wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees
  53. Fur from the dog or cat brush

When in Doubt, Leave it Out!

When composting crumbs found under couch cushions or the contents of your dustpan, be sure to sort through and pick out items like pennies, legos, or other non-natural items. Remember, technically, any animal or plant-based item can be composted, but proceed with caution!

Your neighbors will not be happy with you if you throw bones, dairy products, meat, fish, or fatty items onto your pile. They will give off a strong odor as they break down, attracting critters from all over the area.

To learn more about composting, check out this video about the basics.

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Supplies Dumpster for a Drug Bust

a police officer behind a police lineRecently, we provided a dumpster that was used in a drug bust in the Summerdale neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

According to authorities, on September 1, 2017, agents raided a home on the 1100 block of Rosalie Street to find more than 10,000 bags of narcotic drugs. As a result of this major drug sting, 10 people have been arrested.

They believe this drug to be heroin laced with fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful than oxycontin and morphine. On the street, fentanyl is in the form of a powder. It is so potent that just inhaling or absorbing this powder through the skin can be deadly. In the past, police officers have arrived at the scene of an overdose, only to overdose themselves. 

During this incident, three cops were given Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse overdoses, and taken to the hospital. They have since been released.

The opioid crisis is a serious problem that is plaguing our country. At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we are saddened by stories like this, but we are glad that we were able to supply a dumpster to assist, even in this small way.

Click here to read the full story on Fox 29.

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Cape May Artist Scavenges Dumpsters for Wood Canvases

Wooden Boards

In Cape May, NJ, one man looks at dumpsters as bins filled with opportunity. Peter Henderer is an artist who dumpster dives for creative canvases and materials to form into works of art.

Henderer creates wooden artwork from materials he scavenges, trimming and refinishing wood scraps to give them new life. Henderer is also fond of fashioning shovel heads, garden rake fins, and lightbulb eyes into sculptures of fish.

From Trash to Art

In 2015, Henderer first took up wood art. Now, it’s his full-time job. He spends 40 hours per week transforming his dumpster finds in the shed-turned-studio behind his grandparents’ home in Cape May.

While Henderer’s artwork has a unique twist, this isn’t the first time we’ve written about using dumpsters to create artwork. Check out this post about elementary students who used a dumpster as their canvas. 

Read the full story about Henderer here in the Press of Atlantic City.

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Eagles Fans May Throw Garbage, but Their Stadium is Anything But Trashy!

the Philadelphia Eagles logoEagles fans may be rumored to throw trash at opposing team fans, but Lincoln Financial Field has adopted a ‘Go Green’ policy.

For the past decade, Lincoln Financial Field has worked to make sure all operations match their team uniforms! These range from generating clean energy, reducing waste, and planting trees to help offset their impact on the environment.

Keep reading to learn how the Eagles keep it green.

Four Ways the Eagles are the Greenest Team in the NFL

  • The NFL’s Largest Solar Power Plant: 100% of the Eagles stadium’s operations are powered via solar and wind power. Thanks to a partnership with NRG Energy Inc., Lincoln Financial Field has 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines, allowing it to generate more solar power than any stadium in the NFL!
  • Go Green Team: After every game, the Eagles’ Green Team gets to work sorting through trash. The Green Team was instated in 2003 when staff looked into a trash bag and saw that the garbage wasn’t properly sorted. They decided to form a trash sorting team to lift the burden off of fans, who previously needed to properly sort trash by placing it in correct containers.
  • Planting Trees: Since 2007, Eagles personnel have planted 568 trees. Trees take in carbon dioxide and put out purified oxygen, and this helps to offset the effects of carbon emissions.  The clean air these new trees provide offsets the pollution caused by team travel.
  • Laying Off the Landfill: Less than 1% of waste generated at Lincoln Financial Field ends up in a landfill.

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we love to hear when large organizations use their power to divert trash away from landfills and help the environment!

We can’t wait to cheer on the birds during Super Bowl LII! Check out a previous post to learn three simple Super Bowl snack recipes, and for more information on the Eagles’ efforts to go green, click here.

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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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