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New Jersey Proposes One of the Nation’s Strictest Plastic Bans

plastic bagsPlastic waste is a big problem throughout the world, including in New Jersey.

Plastic is a cheap material that is basically indestructible.

In fact, it never completely biodegrades, but instead, breaks into tiny particles that infest the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Proposed State-Wide Plastic Ban

The New Jersey state government is currently debating a bill that would attempt to decrease plastic. The proposed bill would ban plastic grocery store bags, straws, cups, carryout containers, food trays, and egg cartons. It would also instate a $0.10 fee on paper shopping bags.

Other states–including Hawaii and California–have enacted similar legislation, but if this new bill passes, it will be the most drastic yet.

The bill still needs to pass a number of legal steps before it becomes law, but it is beginning to attract attention, including from the plastic industry. 

Click here to read the full story.

Active & Pending Local Plastic Bans in New Jersey Towns

Several towns throughout New Jersey have existing bans in an effort to prevent plastic consumption in the Garden State.

Plastic bans are in effect in these towns:

  • Avalon: Ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers
  • Beach Haven: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Belmar: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Bradley Beach: Ban on single-use plastic bags and a $.05 charge on single-use paper bags
  • Brigantine:  Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Harvey Cedars: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Highland Park: $.10 fee on single-use plastic bags. In November, this will move to a ban on plastic bags and $.10 fee on paper bags
  • Hoboken: Ban on single-use plastic bags and up to a $.25 fee on paper bags
  • Jersey City: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Lambertville: Ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene food containers. Until January 2020, this is voluntary.
  • Long Beach: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Longport: Ban on single-use plastic bags, unless a customer specifically requests one at a $.10 fee.
  • Maplewood: Ban on single-use plastic bags, $.05 fee on paper bags
  • Monmouth Beach: Ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene food containers
  • Point Pleasant Beach: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Somers Point: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Stafford: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Stone Harbor: Ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic utensils, and polystyrene food containers

Plastic bans are pending in these towns:

  • Asbury Park: Ban on single-use plastic bags, with a fee of up to $.25 on paper bags
  • Bayonne: Ban on single-use plastic bags and straws
  • Glen Rock: Ban on single-use plastic bags, up to a $.10 fee on reusable and paper bags
  • Hopewell: Ban on single-use plastic bags
  • Little Silver: Ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene food containers
  • Ocean Gate: Ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene food containers
  • Parsippany-Troy Hills: Ban on single-use plastic bags, with a fee of up to $.25 on paper bags
  • Ridgewood Village: Ban on single-use plastic bags, with a fee on paper bags
  • South Orange Village: Ban on single-use plastic bags, with a fee of up to $.25 on paper bags with a $.05 fee on paper bags
  • Teaneck: Up to a $.05 fee on plastic bags

These towns have plastic bans still being considered:

  • Atlantic Highlands
  • Chatham Borough
  • Chatham Township
  • Cranford
  • Garfield
  • Leonia
  • Livingston
  • Millburn
  • Montclair
  • New Milford
  • Newark
  • Northfield
  • Oradell
  • Paramus
  • Red Bank
  • Saddle Brook
  • Secaucus Town
  • Wyckoff

Click here to see the full list, or learn about our options for renting a dumpster in New Jersey.


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3 Home Projects for Summer

messy garageSummer is here! This is the season we’ve been waiting for all year. While we certainly hope you’re finding time to enjoy the great outdoors with loved ones, this is also the time to be productive.

The nice weather makes now an opportune time to take care of the odds and ends around your home, so roll up your sleeves! 

Here are 3 projects you could do around the house now that the cold weather is behind us. 

1. Haul Your Junk From the Garage

Another year has passed. Is your garage still a mess? Now is your chance to rid yourself of the clutter. Decide what you want to keep, and see if there’s anything you can donate or sell. 

Pile whatever’s left into a dumpster and it will be out of your hair in no time.  

2. Clean Up Your Log Pile

Many homeowners have a pile of logs and brush sitting in their backyard somewhere. However, if year after year goes by and your pile continues to grow, it’s time to get rid of it.

It’s especially important to clear this away because your woodpile could become a haven for wasps, rodents, or termites. Yikes!

3. Closet Clean-Out

Whether it’s your bedroom closet, linen closet, or hall closet, chances are, it could use some love. Go through and see if you’re holding onto anything that you don’t use (or, to borrow phrasing from Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo, does not “spark joy”).

But just because you don’t have use for something any more, doesn’t mean it’s junk! See if you can sell your old vacuum on Craigslist or organize a garage sale to get rid of those old clothes, books, or mismatched dishes. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Rent a Dumpster from Roll-Off Dumpster Direct

We hope that completing these projects will help you feel lighter as you head into autumn. Renting a dumpster from Roll-Off Dumpster Direct can help simplify things. 

For home cleanout projects, we usually recommend 20-yard dumpsters. Click here to learn more about the ones we have for rent. 

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Now Serves Connecticut

We are excited to be in the great state of Connecticut! Our services are now available all throughout the Constitution State, including Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, and Waterbury.

While we are expanding, we’ll also be maintaining our other service areas including New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida. Connecticut is a beautiful state and we’re thoroughly enjoying the scenery in the area.

We’ve also recently started providing our dumpsters in New York and Tennessee.

Need to Rent a Dumpster in Connecticut?

Roll-Off Dumpster Direct rents dumpsters for both commercial and residential projects. People rent our dumpsters for a variety of reasons, from overhauling an office building when they’re starting a new business to DIY-demos on home kitchens or bathrooms.

We offer a large inventory of 10, 20, 30, and 40-yard units, and boast competitive rates and flexible rental schedules. 

To learn more about our newest service area, visit our Connecticut page.

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Now Serves New York!

We are excited to announce that we are now serving New York! This isn’t the first time we’ve opened a new service area, we also recently expanded into Tennessee.  

While we get started serving our new territory, we will continue to serve our other territories, like Florida, North Carolina, and New Jersey

Our New York service area includes Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse

Rent a Dumpster in New York

Our dumpsters are available for residential and commercial projects. If you’re moving to a new home, cleaning out your garage, or starting a new business, a dumpster can make things much easier. Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has a wide inventory that includes 10, 20, 30, and 40-yard dumpsters. Advantages of working with Roll-Off Dumpster Direct include competitive rates and flexible rental cycles.

For more information, check out our New York Page. Note that at this time we are unable to serve within the New York City limits. 

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Spring Remodeling? Save by DIY-ing Your Demo

the renovation of a bathroom renovation uind by a construction workerSpring is a time of year when many of us start executing the projects we’ve had planned. As exciting as it is to plan the updates to your new home, one thing that’s a little bit of a bummer is how these projects can cost a pretty penny.

One way to save that doesn’t require too much-advanced skill is to do the demolition on your own. Keep reading to get our tips and tricks for a successful process.

How to Prep Your Space for Demolition

  1. The first step is very important–turn off the electricity to your kitchen at your breaker box. It’s also a good idea to also put a piece of tape over the switch, so no one mistakenly turns it on while you’re working. Now is also a good time to turn off gas and water.
  2. Cover your floor with a drop cloth.
  3. Rent your equipment: useful items include a dolly for moving heavier items and a dumpster. For a project like this, a ten-yard dumpster is usually best.

After you prep your space, it’s time to start removing your old fixtures and appliances.

  1. Garbage Disposal: Loosen the compression nut with channel lock pliers, and the disposal unit should fall right off. Make sure someone is waiting to catch it!
  2. Sink: Using a utility knife, cut the silicone bead at the edge of the sink that holds it onto the counter. Place wooden 2 x 4s under the edges of the sink while you loosen it. Next, use a hammer or pry bar to lift the sink out of the counter.
  3. Cabinets: First, remove everything from inside the cabinets, and remove the doors and drawers. You can either reuse the cabinets in another area or donate them to a charity. If that’s the case, make sure you label each door and drawer for reassembly. Tape the screws to the hinges, and pry the cabinet off of the wall. 
  4.  Countertops and Backsplashes: Pry countertops and tiles from the backsplash, or use a saw to cut the countertops into chunks.

Do it Yourself and Save Money

Renting a dumpster to overhaul your home remodeling is a great way to save on the total cost of your project. Plus, it’s easy to do, and it can even be fun!

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Roll-Off Dumpster Direct Expands to Tennessee

We are excited about expanding our territory here at Roll-Off Dumpster Direct. This time, we plan to move into the great state of Tennessee. This will be the hub where we will manage all of our services to the entire state.

Our scope of services in the Volunteer State includes cities like Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Even though we’re still new in town, we are already loving traveling throughout this beautiful state!

In addition to Tennessee, we will continue to serve our other territories, including North Carolina, Florida, and New Jersey.

Rent a Dumpster in Tennessee 

Whether you’re working on a residential or commercial construction project, moving to a new home, starting a new business, or cleaning out your garage, you’ll need to rent a dumpster. Roll-Off Dumpster Direct stocks 10, 20, 30, and 40-yard dumpsters and offers advantages like flexible rental cycles and competitive rates. 

For more information, check out our Tennessee page.

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Where Does the Trash Go in Washington, D.C.?

Recycle plant. Process of separation of garbage, plastics, cans,You may not stop to think about your trash after it makes its way to the trash can, but what exactly happens next? 

In 2017, the District of Washington reported that the Department of Public Works (DPW) collected nearly 800,000 tons of solid waste per year- but surprisingly, that doesn’t account for all of the cities trash!

Waste Management in the District

The DPW is responsible for collecting residential waste and recycling for 105,000 single-family homes and buildings housing less than 3 housing units; multi-family and commercial buildings receive waste management services from private waste and recycling companies.

Waste reduction programs like the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Energy and Environment employ collection teams for public spaces in the hopes to develop a zero-waste plan that attends to divert 80% of the districts solid waste to reuse, recycle, compost, or anaerobically digest.

How does the city plan to achieve this goal? By educated its residents! Let’s take a look at Washington D.C.’s waste measurements to understand what your trash looks like and where it is likely headed. 

City-Wide Waste Estimates

According to the 2015-2016 Solid Waste Diversion Progress Report, the fate of Washington D.C. waste is grouped into 4 categories:

washington, d.c. waste graphGenerally, once the DPW or private collections takes your trash, it is transferred two one of three stations:

Ft. Totten Transfer Station houses roughly two-thirds of the district’s waste and offers a drop-off program that is open to residents to dispose of e-waste and hazardous household items.

Benning Road Transfer Station receives about one-third of the city’s waste with waste guidelines similar to Ft. Totten. 

Covanta Fairfax Waste-to-Energy is a final disposal site outside of the city in Fairfax, VA . Covanta is considered one of the largest waste facilities in the country and processes more than 3,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day for Washington, D.C. suburbs. 

Click “View Larger Map” to learn more about solid waste facilities around Washington, D.C. 
The Future of Washington. D.C. Waste

The city continues to try to decrease the amount of landfill and disposal facilities waste with its 80% zero waste initiative; however, the program still has a long way to go. Learn more about the district’s sustainability plans.

You may also be interested to check out our other post, about what happens to garbage in the Philadelphia region.

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What is Considered E-Waste?

pile of e wasteIf you’re thinking about tossing out an old television or computer monitor, you might have to do some research into acceptable ways to discard these items. These electronic devices are considered e-waste and could potentially cause damage to the environment as well as sanitation workers if not properly recycled.

Heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury seep out of these electronics and into the environment, potentially polluting our drinking water. These metals never decompose so they remain a constant threat to the environment. Half of U.S. states are beginning to ban the disposal of e-waste and require that it be recycled instead.

Laws regarding e-waste exists in many states, including:

  • South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia

Click here to check out the whole list.

How Do I Know Whether Something is E-Waste?

You may still be wondering, exactly what is e-waste? By definition, e-waste is any obsolete or unwanted electronic device to be discarded. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Televisions
  • Laptops
  • Computer Monitors
  • Tablets
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Audio Equipment
  • MP3 Players
  • Cell Phones

Depending on your area, some of these items may be exempt from the recycling law. You can usually find specific information on your state’s recycling page. However, each item on this list contains materials that are hazardous to the environment. Technology advances at such a rapid rate, so the lifespan of computers and cell phones are quickly diminishing. This is leaving more e-waste to sit in our landfills.

The Proper Way to Discard E-Waste

When sanitation workers incinerate e-waste items, they release dangerous gases into the air. Additionally, most e-waste contains bits of aluminum, tin, gold, and copper that can serve as secondary raw materials if properly recycled. Typically, you’re able to recycle these items by taking them to drop off locations or collection events. If caught illegally dumping e-waste, you could face thousands in fines.

Currently, e-waste makes up only about two percent of the solid waste stream, but it is the quickest growing component and is responsible for up to 70 percent of heavy metal waste in our landfills. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average American household has 24 electronic devices that will eventually become e-waste. The world produces about 50 million tons of e-waste each year. Even developing countries are contributing to this number.

Why It’s Important

In order to protect the environment as well as future generations, it is becoming necessary that we dispose of electronic devices responsibly. If you’re still not convinced, you should consider where e-waste ends up — some of it is exported across the world, creating environmental problems all over.

Properly recycling electronic waste will help to preserve energy and drinking water while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year. Recycling will also save the United States millions by recycling natural resources used in electronics rather than having to extract more gold and copper.

Visit our Death of a Cell Phone post to read more about the dangers that cell phones can pose to the environment once they become e-waste. We also encourage you to do your best to not only follow proper waste disposal laws, but to make environmentally conscious decisions.


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Where Does the Trash Go In Philadelphia?

When you have something you never want to see again, all you need to do is throw it away, and it vanishes forever. But when we think about it, we know it has to be more complicated than that. And it is!

Keep reading to learn what happens to the trash that Philadelphians throw away.

Reducing Waste That Ends Up in the Landfill

If you are wondering where your trash goes in Philadelphia, it’s likely either recycled or turned into energy. The breakdown looks like this:

  • 46% Recycled
  • 28% Converted into energy
  • 26% is landfilled

In 2017, the city released a new waste reduction plan. The goal is to increase trash diversion by 90% by 2035. You can read more about it here.

Waste Facilities in the Area

There are a wide variety of recycling facilities in and around the city listed in the map at the bottom of this post.  

Philadelphia and the surrounding area uses 3 main waste facilities:

  • Covanta Delaware Valley in Chester is the largest facility. It burns 3,300 tons of waste per day.
  • Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy in Conshohocken burns 1,200 tons of waste per day
  • Wheelabrator Falls Inc. in Morristown burns 1,500 tons of waste per day.

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

They were located in:

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

The Morrisville landfill, known as the GROWS North Landfill, is expected to close sometime in the next few years.

Nearby the GROWS North Landfill is the Tullytown landfill, which is certified through 2019, however,  Waste Management, who runs the landfill, expect to shut it down within the next few years.  Did you know that cash gifts from the Borough of Tullytown have been as high as $6,000 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 The Intell.com

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.

The landfill in Pottstown PA closed in 2005. 

Not all Waste Can be Recycled

While the need for landfills is decreasing, 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.

Check out another of our recent blog posts to learn what happens to trash in the Washington, D.C. region

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How the NFL’s Sustainability Efforts Benefit Super Bowl Host Communities

planting trees for sustainabilityWhether you’re rooting for the Rams or the Patriots, one thing we can all get behind is keeping the environment safe. Every year, the NFL runs a series of sustainability projects in the Super Bowl host city.

Super Bowl LIII will take place this Sunday, February 3, in Atlanta, GA. Keep reading to hear about the sustainability efforts the NFL is making to improve the community. 

How The NFL is Increasing Sustainability in Atlanta

Food Recovery and Distribution: After the game, any unused food will be salvaged by Second Helpings Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Goodr. 

Urban Forestry:  Organizations like NFL Green, Verizon, The Host Committee, and Trees Atalanta will help organize tree plantings, grow community gardens, and create pollinator habitats throughout the Atlanta area.

Other sustainability efforts include using green energy to power the stadium, recycling and solid waste management, and material recovery and donation.  Click here to read more about the NFL and Atlanta’s work to increase sustainability efforts. Or read our post from last year about the sustainability efforts at the Philadelphia Eagles stadium. 

From Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we hope you enjoy this year’s Super Bowl festivities!

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