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Make Sure You Dispose of Facial Masks Properly

surgical masksThe COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, including the team at Roll-Off Dumpster Direct. Since we are considered an essential business, our services remain available. You can read our entire response to COVID-19 here.

With an increase in the use of face masks, more and more are ending up in the trash. Unfortunately, when the masks aren’t properly disposed of, the virus has the chance to spread to sanitation workers. Here’s how you can do your part to keep them safe. 

When to Throw Your Mask Away

If possible, face masks should be disposed of when they start to get damp. Surgical masks are only designed for temporary use. With mask shortages being an issue, the FDA came out with a system for disinfecting masks for healthcare workers so that they can be reused. 

Still, there is the question of disposing of masks that you are using at home for private use.

When is it Important to Wear a Face Mask

Unless you are a healthcare worker, it is unnecessary to wear a mask except under two conditions:

  1. You have exhibited symptoms. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, cough, or fever, you should wear a mask and seek medical care. 
  2. Someone close to you has symptoms or suspects they have Coronavirus. If you are in the same room as someone with suspected COVID-19 infection, definitely wear a mask and encourage that person to seek medical care.

If neither of these applies to you, there is no need to wear a mask. There is no evidence that masks protect people who are not sick.

This article from the World Health Organization (WHO) has more information about who should wear a mask and how to properly put one on. 

How to Dispose of Facial Masks

With an increase in the number of facial masks being disposed of, sanitation workers are at risk. It’s important to follow the proper protocol when disposing of your mask.

Be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Wash Your Hands: You should always clean your hands with soap and water or with alcohol hand rub before applying and removing your mask.
  2. Untie or Break the Ties at Back of Your Head
  3. Remove Mask: Take care to touch only the ties when handling the mask.
  4. Place Mask in a Plastic Bag and Close it Securely: a shopping bag or a large ziplock bag works well. 
  5. Place Bag in the Garbage.

Thank you for doing your part to protect our sanitation workers and flatten the curve during this pandemic. We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. 

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Our COVID-19 Response

To Our Loyal Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Customers,

We remain open and operating through the outbreak of COIVD-19. Of course, we are taking necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff. We are closely monitoring the advice of our government leaders and healthcare professionals as this is an ever changing situation.

Please keep in mind that we do not have to have any in-person contact. Dumpsters reservations are made over the phone or by booking online. The drivers perform deliveries and removals without having any in-person contact.

We continue to service our customers during this time of uncertainty, with safety a foremost priority.  We look forward to continuing working with you!

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6 Different Types of Waste to Know About

Do you know the types of waste you’re disposing of on a daily basis? There’s more to waste disposal than just separating recyclables from everything else. In fact, there are at least six different kinds of waste. Take the time to learn about each one, so you can be sure you’re disposing of trash correctly. Improper disposal may interfere with your trash pickup or your dumpster rental. Continue reading

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Should I Rent a Dumpster for My Spring Cleaning?

Yes! Yes, you should!

Spring cleaning is the time of the year when homeowners are ready to venture into their attics, garages, and sheds with some Kleenex and a trash bag. Once you get in the thick of it, you’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’re willing to get rid of. How can you make the disposal process easy and convenient? By renting a residential dumpster, of course!  Continue reading

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Schenectady Does Their Part to Combat Littering

throwing away garbageWe’re proud of the students, business owners, and community members in Schenectady, NY who recently donated their time and efforts to make their community a cleaner place. 

A recent article highlights 2 initiatives in Schenectady that aim to reduce the amount of litter in the area. Each spring, Joe Aragosa, owner of Marty’s True Value Hardware, organizes a cleanup event. Volunteers gather to pick up litter in the Goose Hill neighborhood, located on Schenectady’s northside. 

In 2020, another initiative will take place. The Schenectady Foundation announced that it would be awarding $250,000 in community grants. The Goose Hill team won $24,000 from that grant to spend on placing trash cans throughout the city. These cans were decorated with the artwork of local third-grade children from Yates Elementary School.

The drawings had an anti-littering message. 9-year-old Jeremiyah Thompson summed up his feelings “When you just drop stuff on the floor, the wind can push it and it can go into the river and kill the fish. The fish is saying, ‘Please, don’t litter in my river.’”

Click here for the full story.

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Super Bowl LIV – Recyclable Beer Cups

aluminumSuper Bowl LIV kicks off Sunday, February 2 featuring the Kansas City Chiefs versus the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, which is within our service area

If you are thirsty for a beer, you will likely find yourself holding one of the 50,000 lightweight, recyclable aluminum cups prepared for the big game.  Hard Rock Stadium is adopting the cups as part of its’ plans to phase out 99.4 percent of single-use plastics in 2020.  The cups will be affixed with the Bud Light logo, as the brand is the NFL’s official beer and presenting sponsor of the Super Bowl LIV cups.

Check out the Super Bowl LIV aluminum cup!

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The History of Our Newest Delivery Stop: The Hotel Hershey

Breakfast tray on a bedWe were so excited to add a new delivery stop to our list: The Hotel Hershey! We’ve been long-time admirers of this beautiful building, which happens to have a rich and fascinating history.

It Was Built During The Great Depression

After Milton Hershey had perfected his chocolate recipe, The Great Depression hit. Hershey felt responsible for the welfare of the 600 plus construction workers living in Hershey, PA, so he was faced with a choice. The way he saw it, he could either provide resources to feed the workers, or provide them with jobs. In order to take advantage of the low cost of building materials, he chose the latter.

It Was Inspired by the Hersheys’ Worldwide Travels

Before her death, Milton Hershey’s wife, Catherine, wanted her husband to build a hotel similar to the Heliopolis Hotel the couple had stayed at in Cairo, Egypt. He wanted to purchase the plans for that hotel, but when the cost of recreating it was quoted at $5 million, he decided to go another route.

Hershey gave his chief architect a postcard of a hotel the Hersheys had stayed at during a trip on the Mediterranean. The hotel had a u-shaped base and a tower on each end. Hershey also handed over the notes he and his wife had taken during their travels. Based on those notes, he wanted to add a Spanish patio, tiled floors, a fountain, and a circular dining room.

The Project Was Completed Within 1 Year

The project employed approximately 800 carpenters, masons, steelworkers, and other similar workers. The project started in 1932. The crew worked nonstop through a mild winter until the project was completed on May 23, 1933. The project cost $2 million and opened for business on May 26, 1933.

Today, almost a century later, the Hotel Hershey sits on the same hill, overlooking the old chocolate factory. The four-star hotel attracts visitors from around the world every year.

In addition to Hershey, Roll-Off Dumpster Direct serves all of Dauphin County, including Harrisburg.

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Recycling Saved Westchester County Millions in 2018

recyclingIt may not be glamorous, but recycling our garbage can actually save us money in the long run. Just ask the residents of Westchester County, where Mount Vernon is located.

In 2018, recycling garbage saved Westchester County $5.4 million, plus the additional $4.2 million earned from selling the recyclables. 

To dispose of solid waste, Westchester County spends an average of $79.33 per ton. The good news is, Westchester County’s recycling rate is 52%, which is higher than the national average of 35%.

Other recycling rates around Westchester County include:

  • Pleasantville: 64%
  • Briarcliff Manor: 65%
  • North Castle: 80%
  • New Castle: 61%
  • Mount Pleasant: 49%
  • Mount Kisco: 39%
  • Pound Ridge: 43%
  • Somers: 34%
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: 33%
  • Bronxville: 30%
  • Dobbs Ferry: 26%
  • Mount Vernon: 18%

In addition to saving money, the recycling industry promotes economic growth and creates thousands of jobs for residents of Westchester County. In 2017, the industry brought in $117 billion and provides about $13 billion in tax revenue each year to federal, local, and state governments.

Click here to read the full story.

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Hampton High School Students Play Important Role in Updates to Waste Treatment Facility

urban municipal recycling garbage collector truck loading waste and trash binStudents at Hampton High School in Hampton, Tennessee (not far from Knoxville) recently helped streamline the garbage process in their community.

Doing so not only made life easier for sanitation workers but it has saved Carter County thousands of dollars. 

Real-World Experience for High School Students 

As part of a very hands-on school project, students in Daniel Arnett’s architecture and engineering design classes made several improvements to the sanitation building on U.S. Highway 19-E. The project wrapped up at the end of October. 

In 2018, Benny Lyons, the director of Carter County’s Solid Waste Department, approached Arnett to ask for his help. The main issue with the sanitation system dealt with the flow of vehicles into the waste center. Traffic was flowing in in 2 or 3 directions when the industry standard is a single, one-way flow of waste.

Another issue was that the dumpsters’ walls were so high, the sanitation workers had a hard time lifting the garbage bags into the dumpsters.

Planning & Executing the Updates 

Students in Arnett’s class started with a visit to the waste treatment plant. Once there, they took measurements of the space and used them to draw up designs for new ideas for traffic flow. The new plan had the dumpsters located below the vehicle area, so they would have an easier time getting the garbage into them.

After Lyons submitted the drawings, the project was approved and things were underway! By going through a student project, instead of a professional firm, the project saved the taxpayers $10,000. And according to Lyons, some of the workers to put the plans in place didn’t know that students had done the plans. 

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Anderson County No Longer Recycles Glass

Wastes of different glass containers ready for recycling. Social responsibility, ecology care conceptWe’re passing along a message to our Tennessee customers: Anderson County will no longer recycle glass.

On August 15, WestRock, Anderson County’s recycling vendor, informed Anderson County Solid Waste that they will no longer accept glass for “receiving, handling, and marketing of glass bottles and jars collected at (the) county’s drop off centers.” The change went into effect on September 1. 

On August 29, the Marlow Convenience Center stopped accepting glass in order to accommodate the change. Residents were advised to begin throwing away their glass in the regular trash.

Anderson County Solid Waste did attempt to find an alternative way to allow residents to continue recycling glass. The issue is that all vendors that accept glass are located in the Nashville area. In addition, they only accept clear glass, and not green or amber, and offer a rate of $30 per ton. 

Anderson County produces 35-50 tons of glass for recycling each year, about a third of which is clear. That means the county could earn about $500 each year for recyclable glass. However, since the cost of hauling the loads is $1,500-$2,000 per ton, it would cost the county around $40,000 each year to haul the glass, so it simply is not feasible to continue recycling it.

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