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How to Dispose of Construction Waste

construction wasteDuring a construction project, there is inevitably a large amount of waste. Once the project is finished and the site is cleaned up, what do you do with all of the debris? Typically, construction waste consists of bulky items that are heavy to life and also can cause environmental harm.

Rent a Dumpster

The simplest way to dispose of construction waste is to rent a dumpster from a company like Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, who will empty the dumpster for you. You can keep the rental dumpster in the driveway for the duration of the construction project and fill it as you go. However, there are some hazardous materials that should not go into a dumpster:

  • Asbestos
  • Aerosol cans
  • Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Oils
  • Paint

These materials often require special disposal. You can contact your local waste management authority for specific guidelines.

Don’t Forget About Recyclables

Surprisingly, much construction waste can easily be recycled so you won’t have to worry about your debris rotting in a landfill for years to come. The process varies by location, but most landfills will sort through the dumpster upon arrival, salvaging what materials they can to recycle. Some of these materials include:

  • Inerts
  • Clean Wood
  • Crushed Concrete
  • Dirt/Rock/Sand
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastics

If you’re concerned about the recycling process, call your dumpster rental company to ask about where these items will be disposed. If you’re not renting a dumpster, you can use Earth 911 to search for local recycling resources.

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we offer several resources to help our clients understand the waste removal process. Be sure to check out our other blog posts including Construction Waste Statistics, Landfill Facts, What Americans Recycle Most, and Where Does the Trash go in Philly.

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Construction Cleanup Checklist

Construction SiteJust because the construction phase of your project is over, it doesn’t always mean your duties are completely done. While no one enjoys it, cleaning up a construction site is a very important task in officially completing a project. Since our dumpsters are often vital in this step, we’ve developed a construction cleanup checklist to help our clients tackle the job efficiently.

To officially put an end to your home construction project, complete each task on this list:

  • Begin at the top of the room, since dust will fall. This means dusting any ceiling fans, tops of doors, and crown molding that could contain debris. A damp towel on top of a broomstick can be helpful for those high-up areas.
  • Wipe down walls to remove scuffs, smudges, and any dust that may have accumulated throughout the duration of the project.
  • Make sure you check door handles and hinges for any dirt or paint that may need scraping — this is an often-missed cleanup step.
  • Clean windows and remove any stickers from new windows. Don’t forget the sills!
  • Wipe down light fixtures and bulbs that may  have been collecting dust.
  • Dispose of any trash that’s been accumulating in the corners of your project site.
  • Thoroughly vacuum any carpeted flooring, and make sure you pay attention to the edges and corners.
  • Once all equipment and trash have been removed, clean hardwood or tiled floors. This may include sweeping, mopping, buffing, waxing, sealing, etc. Remember that the heavy duty cleaning will be much more convenient now, while the room is empty.

Remember that most of your construction waste can be tossed into a dumpster, so you’ll be able to get rid of all that mess at one time. For a list of prohibited materials, be sure to check out our FAQ section.

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Demolition of the Media-Upper Providence Free Library

Media PA LibraryResidents of Media, PA have had a front row seat to the week-long demolition of the Media-Upper Providence Free Library. We’ve been able to watch the entire building be demolished, and also see just how helpful dumpster rentals really are during construction projects. It’s very exciting to see the beginnings of a brand new building in the area.

In order to accommodate more traffic and improve accessibility as well as public safety, the new library will be a 10,000 square foot, two-story building. The new design will feature an elevator, ADA compliant entrances and restrooms, designated parking, free Wi-Fi, and energy efficient lighting and windows. Additionally, this new design will be flexible so that future changes can easily be made to better accommodate changes in the way the public uses the library.

The History of the Library

The library was founded by the Woman’s Club of Media in 1901 and the building you saw at the beginning of this video was the result of connecting five different buildings over the course of 50 years. The library is a non-profit organization responsible for its own operation. It serves 9,000 active cardholders and is visited by over 100,000 patrons each year. In the past five years alone, the library has been busier than the previous ten — which indicates that usage is actually growing.

For more information on this project, you can visit the Media-Upper Providence Free Library website. You can also see the 3D design for the future library here.

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The Studio Movie Grill Brings Action to Upper Darby

Studio Movie GrillNow, you can get dinner, drinks, and a show in Upper Darby without ever leaving your seat. This is all thanks to the new Studio Movie Grill near the 69th Street Terminal, which is expected to play a major role in the 69th Street revitalization project. 

This new establishment brought roughly 250 new jobs to Upper Darby and is also bringing a big crowd to an area that really needed the boost. At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we’re especially happy with this new business venture and we were glad to service over twenty dumpsters to its construction over the past few months.

The New Movie Experience

If you’re in the area, you can simply visit the Studio Movie Grill‘s website and make your reservation online. You won’t have to rush to get your ticket before the movie sells out. Once you arrive, you can skip the concession line and get comfy in the new spacious, leather seats. Choose from their cocktail selection and over 100 food options, including fresh farm-to-table produce, and a member of the serving staff will bring your meal without ever interrupting the film.

If you’re not in the mood for a movie, they also have a bar, TVs, and a pool table for anyone just looking for a relaxing night out. In our opinion, this could be the new hot spot in Upper Darby. Maybe we’ll see you there!

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Why Are Houses so Inexpensive in Atlanta?

home costFor being such a major city and trendy spot for nightlife, the housing market in Atlanta is unbelievable! Coming from a suburb of Philadelphia, we were shocked to see the high inventory and low prices of homes within the metro Atlanta area. It got us wondering how this could be possible. We came up with a few potential factors — and one relates to our industry.

The first factor could be that the city is completely without natural boundaries, so there is no limit on new construction within the city and metro area. Additionally, there is no high competition for properties with a water or mountain view to drive up prices.

Another, and more interesting (to us, at least!), factor is the cheap price of waste disposal in Atlanta. There seems to be relation between waste disposal and the housing market, which would make sense because cheaper waste disposal allows for cheaper construction. For example, to dispose of a ton of waste in the Philadelphia area, it costs roughly $67-$80, and in Atlanta, it’s more like $39-$45/ton.

One of the Most Affordable Housing Markets in the Country

So, why are houses so inexpensive in Atlanta? According to Investopedia, the national median list price is $199,000 while Atlanta’s median is $184,900.

Coming from a company who just opened an office in Buckhead, we’d have to say the real reason is a combination of the two factors listed above. Thanks to cheap waste disposal options, construction is relatively inexpensive. Additionally, the lack of boundaries make the potential for new construction limitless — especially in an area where many homeowners aren’t concerned with being close to the downtown area. All in all, Atlanta seems to have an abundant inventory of homes and lots just waiting for buyers. When supply outweighs demand, prices always remain low. 

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Opens New Office in Atlanta

Serving the Metro Atlanta Area

Buckhead ATL skylineWe’ve opened up another office in the downtown Atlanta area, specifically in Buckhead facing the Lenox Mall, in order to better serve our Atlanta clients. You can find our new office at 3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750, Atlanta, GA 30326-1353 or reach us by phone 678-245-4238.

We’ve moved to this location in order to maintain the high level of service we provide in the North with our clients in the South. Additionally, we’re very excited to witness this thriving section of Atlanta. We’re in the heart of Buckhead, privy to all of the excellent entertainment, health care, shopping, and dining locations that convince so many to call this area home. Of course, we’re also close to the famous Peachtree Street and Andrews Entertainment District. 

New Dumpster Rental Location in Downtown Atlanta

Whether you’re opening a new business, taking on a construction project, or moving in Buckhead, ATL, be sure to reach out to Roll-Off Dumpster Direct for your dumpster rental. We offer the most affordable rates and longest rental periods. Additionally, we provide a variety of dumpster size options including 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards.

For more information on our services or an online instant quote, be sure to check out our Atlanta dumpster rental page. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

We’re looking forward to meeting our new neighbors!

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How to Prevent a Dumpster from Damaging Your Driveway

If you’re having construction or clean-up done at your home, you’ll probably need a dumpster rental. That also means that the dumpster will be delivered to your yard or driveway, and that you are responsible for any damages caused to your own property.

Watch the process of a dumpster delivery below, and find out our tips for keeping your driveway protected.

Prevent Scratching

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct recommends that you place 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood over your driveway where the dumpster will be placed. These sheets can be recycled, but make sure they don’t have any nails or screws sticking out. The wood will prevent the dumpster from scratching the pavement. It will also even out the weight distribution.  Additionally, some customers like to place tarps around the dumpsters in case any debris falls over the sides.

Driveway Materials

If your driveway is concrete and hasn’t been paved recently, you may not have much to worry about. Freshly paved driveways are sometimes softer and cold be indented once a heavy load is placed on top. It is also important to remember that asphalt becomes a bit softer when hot. If you have an asphalt driveway and it is sunny out, try and find a shady spot to fit the dumpster to avoid indentation. Finally, some people wish to have the dumpster placed on the lawn but this is an easily damaged surface. The plywood trick may help, but the lawn is not a recommended space for roll off dumpsters.

Consider Weight

However, it is also important to remember that once the dumpster is filled with materials, it can be quite heavy. Customers needing heavy appliances hauled away should consider how best to avoid damage. Additionally, the trucks that come to remove the dumpsters will bring a significant amount of weight into your driveway. If you’re concerned that your driveway can’t support one of our larger dumpsters, try our 10-yards-sized option. This can hold ten cubic yards of waste, or basically 5 pickup truck loads’ worth. If this isn’t enough, we also offer 20, 30, and 40 yards.

orange-dumpsterBecause the rental company is never responsible for property damage during the rental period, you should take the proper precautions to protect your driveway. Don’t complicate your construction project by adding your driveway to the list. Check out our FAQ list to see our answers to other important questions.

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Dumpster Pools Make a Splash at Tucson Museum

Macro Sea Dumpster Pool

Overview of Macro Sea Dumpster Pool

Dumpster pools could be the solution to cooling off this summer. Macro Sea, a New York City real estate and development company, popularized dumpster pools in Brooklyn back in the summer of 2009. In the past few years, the company has improved the dumpster pool design, and set up “lo-fi” country clubs across New York. Now, the mobile pools are making appearances across the country.

Currently, residents of Tucson, AZ can try out one of these pools for themselves at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The Mobile Pools Exhibit is on display from June 20 – September 26, 2015. Three code-compliant, street legal dumpster pools will be located in the Great Hall where museum members can swim, screen films, and see live entertainment.

Mobile Pools in Unexpected Places

Macro Sea’s hope was to create “cost-effective ways to bring pop-up pools to municipalities nationwide,” and they did just that. Their designs are now street legal and can be unloaded from a truck, filled up, and plugged in. The dumpster pools are created from objects typically used to haul junk and can make a swimming pool possible in any setting. While dumpster rentals do not hold onto rain water (don’t worry), these unique designs are lined to retain the water for the ultimate summer splash without the trash.

At the end of the summer, MOCA intends to sell the dumpster pools to new downtown owners. This way, they can keep with the tradition of keeping the pools in unexpected places.

Check out this article in the NY Times to read about the first dumpster pool in Brooklyn.

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Where Does the Trash Go In Philadelphia?

Philadelphia Waste Disposal 2012As of 2008 when the city began tracking waste statistics as part of its Greenworks initiative, about 53% of waste in Philadelphia avoided the landfill through recycling and waste to energy (WTE) practices.  By 2012 this increased to 73% of waste avoiding landfills, and in 2014 the Philadelphia Streets Department began diverting all waste from land-fills through a combination of recycling and WTE practices.

So if you are wondering where your trash goes in Philadelphia, it is either recycled or turned into energy.  There are a wide variety of recycling facilities in and around the city listed in the map below.  

The largest Waste to Energy Facility is in Chester, known as Covanta Delaware Valley or The Delaware Valley Resource Recovery facility, and it burns up to 3,300 tons of waste per day.  A smaller facility known as Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy is located in Conshohocken and handles up to 1,200 tons of trash per day.  Another facility in Morristown PA is the Wheelabrator Falls Inc. waste-to-energy facility, which can handle 1,500 tons per day.

For many years there were 4 major landfills in the Philadelphia area.

  • Morrisville, Bucks County.
  • Tullytown, Bucks County.
  • Pottstown, Montgomery County.
  • West Grove, Chester County.

The Tullytown landfill is certified through 2019 but Waste Management, who runs the landfill, said they expect it to close in three years, which would be at some point in 2018. There is another landfill very nearby in Morrisville known as the GROWS North Landfill that is expected to close down earlier than that.  Did you know that cash gifts from the Borough of Tullytown have been as high as $6000 per household?  Residents have to put up with the terrible smell of the landfill, but are rewarded with some of the revenue from the landfill.  Read more on Bloomberg.com

The landfill in Pottstown PA was closed as of 2005.  See PA.gov for details.

The landfill in West Grove has no plans of closing.  In fact the development plans on their website will keep the landfill open through 2051.

While the need for landfills is decreasing, the Zero Waste Sub committee defines zero waste as over 90% diversion rate.  So there is still some waste that can’t be recycled or converted to energy.  Many townships outside of Philadelphia still use landfills. In fact there are 44 permitted landfills in Pennsylvania; however, only 3 of those reside in Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County, and Bucks County.

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Assists with New Google Data Center in North Carolina

Data CenterOccasionally, contractors rent our dumpsters for job sites and we’re a little surprised at delivery. This was recently the case when our staff delivered a dumpster to a site in North Carolina, and it just happened to be the construction of the new Google data center in Lenoir. We were very excited to take a small part in this construction, and wanted to share some of Google’s vision with you.

Although the data center is not yet completed, Google has already done a lot to become part of the Caldwell County community, and to benefit the areas where their employees work and live. In addition to creating 110 jobs on-site, they’ve donated $3.6 million to local schools and nonprofits since 2009 and support many educational initiatives through grants, events, and other programs.


Part of the Community

Google also had a hand in a particularly interesting green initiative with Duke University and Duke Energy to take hog waste from a Yadkin County farm and turn it into renewable energy. (Yes, hog waste).

If the new data center sounds interesting to you, keep in mind that they are hiring. Here, you can check out what positions are available and even get to know some of the individuals currently working at the site. You can also see some of the specific ways Google is giving back to the North Carolina community.

To learn more about the new Google data center site, check out this page. You can even take a virtual tour!

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