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4 Ways Having a Rental Dumpster Helps With Home Renovation

Green dumpster with debrisMany people have been spending more time inside these days. To occupy their time, some have started DIY home renovations or finally found the time to finish up some pre-quarantine projects. Home renovations can be time consuming and stressful! Half the battle with home renovations is the cleaning process.

Renting a dumpster is a great way to make your home renovation project a breeze.

How Dumpsters Help With Home Renovation

  1. Get Rid of It All: Some items you’re looking to throw away might not be taken by your local trash hauler. Having a dumpster will allow you to throw out whatever you want, without worrying if your local trash service will take it or leave it on the curb.
  2. Contain The Trash Pile: When renovating a home you’ll notice the trash pile will be growing quickly. Having a rental dumpster will allow you to immediately get rid of your home renovation trash. It’s known that you can’t put your trash on the curb until the night before trash collection day. Without a dumpster your home or yard will start to look like a junkyard.
  3. Keep It Safe: Renting a dumpster is one of the safest ways to renovate your home. When renovating a home you will be pulling nails, staples, and maybe glass from places. Even when these items are thrown away you still run the risk of getting hurt. Sharp objects can poke through the trash bag, leaving room for injury next time you lift the bag! Having a rental dumpster gives you the option to immediately dispose of the hazardous debris.
  4. Save Your Money: Renting a dumpster for home renovation is one of the cheapest methods to debris clean-up. The labor and expense to transport the amount of waste manually to a landfill would quickly add up. This makes dumpsters the cheapest and smartest option for the debris your home renovation generates.

We’ll Take Care of The Rest

Renting a dumpster for your home renovations is the easiest, safest, and cheapest option for clean-up! If you’re having trouble getting started on your home renovation or seasonal cleaning, be sure to check out our blog about cleaning in quarantine. Roll-Off Dumpster Direct makes this process quick by dropping off the dumpster at your location of choice, and once the dumpster is ready for removal, we send a truck to take it away!

Learn more about residential dumpster rental.

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Best Websites & Apps for Selling Your Old Stuff

How To Thrift in Quarantine

iPad shop now appNow that we have been spending more time at home, some people have been cleaning out old items and clothing. With that being said, everybody seems to love thrifting now-a-days. With the beauty of 21st century technology, we can sell and thrift our clothes and household items from the luxury of our homes. If you’ve been cleaning out your closet, attics, or garage, we’ve created a list so you can choose which app is best for you to sell your old items on!

Which Selling App is Best For You?

Before you decide which app to use you should consider:

  1. What type of items are you selling?
  2. What are the costs to you?
  3. What is the shipping process?

Our chart below will help you evaluate your options.

App NameHow it WorksCost to SellTypes of Items SoldShipping
thredUPSimilar to a consignment shopFrom accepted items, sellers make 5% – 80% of what an item sells for based on its listing priceClothing from all types of brandsSellers mail items to thredUP. Sellers receive an email with details of payout.
PoshmarkSell to other usersFees range between $2.95 and 20% depending on total saleName-brand clothing & accessoriesSellers are emailed shipping label & ship to the buyer.
MercariSell to other users10% of the cost of items soldClothing, technology, houseware, etc.Sellers can choose between printing a label or receiving a box with a label for them to ship their product in after a purchase is made.
OfferUpSell to other users (buyers have the option to counter-offer)Fee is either a minimum of $1.99, or 12.9% of the sale price.Home decor, baby gear, furniture, camping equipment, kitchenware, etc.Sellers get a pre-paid shipping label that they attach to their packaged item.
LetGoSell to other users Free to list & no fee paid to LetGo.Cars, technology, home and garden items, etc.Designed for local sellers, so shipping isn’t often necessary. If shipping is needed, it’s the responsibility of the seller

If the apps mentioned do not seem to meet what you are looking for there are more commonly used websites, like Facebook Marketplace, Instagram, Etsy, Nextdoor, and eBay. These sites are classic options to help you get rid of stuff locally or worldwide!

We’ll Take Care of Your Trash

After your spring cleaning, if there are items or clothing you can’t redeem as “thriftable,” we’re here to help. We can drop off a dumpster at your location of choice and pick it up when it’s ready for removal. Learn more about residential dumpster rental.

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How to Choose the Right Dumpster Size

When renting a dumpster for your residential or commercial project, choosing the right Dumpster Sizesdumpster size is challenging. It’s probably the most difficult part of the whole process. But don’t panic. We’re here to help! Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning While in Quarantine

Gloves, cleaning brush, sponge and cleaning supplies on a counterIt’s that time of the year again – spring cleaning! But this year is a little different than other years – you’re stuck in the house due to COVID-19. What does this mean for your spring cleaning? We’ve created a list on how this can help you with your spring cleaning!

4 Tips for This Year’s Spring Cleaning

We encourage you to participate in spring cleaning for multiple reasons, but it is especially important this year because your living space is probably where you’re spending most of your time right now. According to Medium, having a clean work space can decrease stress, increase focus and efficiency, and has multiple health benefits.

Below we outline some of our favorite tips to get you started:

  1. Make your own disinfectants. Let’s discuss the nationwide shortage of disinfectants. If you’re affected by this you can start by making your own disinfectants. Combine one cup of water with one cup of rubbing alcohol to clean surfaces. For window washing, you can mix equal parts vinegar and dish soap. You will be surprised how well these DIY options work!
  2. Make a to-do list and conquer. Your to-do list should include all rooms in your house/apartment, including your yard, shed and garage. We do not recommend attempting to clean the house at once: try cleaning one room at a time.
  3. Think to clean the unthinkable. This is a great time to clean the parts of the house you’ve been putting off. This can include cleaning out closets, cupboards, appliances, and the pantry. Now is the perfect time to change filters, check the furnace, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.These are great tasks to get the kids involved in!
  4. Make a schedule. Once your house is sparkling, make a weekly schedule to keep the house clean. Here’s a great example found on USA Today:

Monday: Bathroom day.
Tuesday: Dusting day.
Wednesday: Vacuuming day.
Thursday: Floor washing day.
Friday: Catch up on anything from the previous days you didn’t get to.
Saturday: Sheets and towels day.
Sunday: Upkeep those basic starter tasks.

We’ll Take Care of Your Trash

Between going to the grocery store and walking around your neighborhood, you’re running around your house pulling out any gloves and masks you can find. Make sure you’re disposing of these items correctly!

If you’re looking for a dumpster for your spring cleaning – you’re in luck. We will drop off the dumpster at your location of choice and once your dumpster is full and ready for removal, we send a truck back to your location to take it away. The best part is you pick the time for dumpster arrival and pickup & you don’t need to have any close contact with the driver.

Contact us with questions you may have!

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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

Roll Off Dumpster Direct

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

Different Trash CansDo 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!Cleaning Garage

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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