We were so excited about our recent dumpster delivery to the Pentagon in Arlington, VA! This 5-sided, or pentagon-shaped, building is the headquarters for the US Department of Defense. Every year, it draws more than 106,000 visitors for tours.
The Pentagon was one of the sites of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, exactly 60 years after its construction began on September 11, 1941. That day, 189 people died when a plane crashed into the building. Since the section where the plane hit had recently been renovated, it was not fully occupied. Otherwise, many more people would have lost their lives that day.
Keep reading to learn some fast facts about the Pentagon and its construction, size, and shape.
- The Pentagon was constructed in only 16 months, thanks to a round-the-clock, multiple-shift schedule.
- It needed to be built quickly because, after the Pearl Harbor Attack, there was an influx of military personnel flooding into Washington.
- Construction went in spurts, often before blueprints and design documents were completed. More than 1,000 architects worked on-site to construct the building.
- Since it was constructed during WWII when steel was in high demand, the building is mostly made of concrete.
- The total building costs were $83 million, today’s equivalent of approximately $1.33 billion.
- With more than 17 miles of hallways inside, it’s the world’s largest low-rise office building.
- Inside, you’ll find 131 stairways, 284 bathrooms, 4,200 clocks, 19 escalators, and 691 water fountains.
- Its 16 parking lots can hold 8,770 cars.
- The five sides of the pentagon enclose a five-acre courtyard.
- A lap around the outside of the building is close to 1 mile.
- The Pentagon contains 16,250 light fixtures, which require 250 daily light bulbs changes.
- The telephone wire in the Pentagon could wrap around the planet 4.5 times.
- Before every desk had a telephone and before the days of email, messengers used to travel around the hallways on rollerskates to cut down on time!
- The first site of the Pentagon as Arlington Farms, which is a pentagon-shaped lot. Since building there would obstruct the view of Washington, D.C. from Arlington Cemetery, a new site was selected. Since by then, planning was in its advanced stages, the pentagon shape stayed the same.
- The site where the Pentagon rests was once Hoover Lot, an airport that served Washington.
- Theodore Roosevelt, who was president at the time of construction, liked the unique design.
- The shape also allowed for quicker walking distances. Architects calculated that walking time would be 30 to 50% less than a rectangular building. Similar efficiency to a circle, but much easier to build.
We recently took a delivery to the All-Star Sports Resort in Disney World in Orlando, FL! This hotel and resort pays homage to competitive sports like baseball, basketball, football, surfing, and tennis.
We were excited to add this fun client to our list of delivery stops. The hotel features sports-themed pools and dining, plus, this is the resort that recently added cookie dough to the dessert menu!
Edible cookie dough certainly goes far with us, but we wanted to share some of our other favorite things about All-Star Sports Resort.
Our Favorite Things About All-Star
Between time spent exploring the parks, guests can hang out at the Surfboard Bay Pool, a 242,471-gallon pool that makes you feel like you’re at the beach! It features large, 3-story surfboards, a kiddie pool for the little ones, and for the grown-ups, Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar. If baseball is more your speed, head to the Grand Slam Pool, which is shaped like a baseball diamond with a Goofy fountain standing on the pitcher’s mound.
Other things to do at the resort include a one-mile jogging trail, playground, and an arcade.
No matter how much money she has in her account, Sue Older-Mondeel prefers to stay frugal. That’s what gave her the idea to start Tangelwood Works, where artists gather to take discarded or broken items and upcycle them, or give them a new, more beautiful life.
Her proclivity for dumpster diving has earned Sue the reputation as the “Dumpster Diva” of Hyattsville, MD, a town not far from Washington, DC. Recently, she did an interview with the Hyattsville Wire, discussing how her passion for upcycling began.
A Life of Upcycling
Sue learned many of her ways from her mother. She can recall a time when a pair of pants floated down the creek in her backyard, and her mother washed them for Sue or her sister to wear. Rather than replace the aging linoleum floor in her kitchen, Older-Mondeel and her mother hand-painted flowers and leaves over the cracks.
During her college years, Sue once transformed an old refrigerator into a a stereo cabinet with the albums in the crisper, turntable on the shelf, and speakers on the roof. Today, she uses her years of experience to inspire others to make their own transformations.
Save your treasured items from the dumpster! If you want to learn how to upcycle your furniture, check out Sue’s online courses.
We 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.
Maybe 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
- Create a Buzz: Choose a date and print off some flyers. Distribute them around the neighborhood and start spreading the word about your plans!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
We 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.
Recently, 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.
We 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!
At 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.
We’re excited to announce our newest expansion! This time, we’ve opened a new location in Huntersville, NC. From this office, we will serve all of North Carolina.
At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we know how to branch into new locations without sacrificing the quality of our services. Since 2016, we’ve also opened offices in New Jersey and Florida. We can’t wait to get started delivering dumpsters all around the Tar Heel State, in cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Durham.
From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, we love North Carolina and are looking forward to serving the community here!
Rent a Dumpster in North Carolina
If you’re opening a new business, moving to a new home, or starting a new construction project, renting a dumpster could make the process a little easier. Since Roll-Off Dumpster offers competitive rates and flexible rental periods, we are a great choice! Choose from our stock that includes 10, 20, 30, and 40 yard dumpsters. Enjoy our efficient, courteous service.
Check out our North Carolina Dumpster page for more information.
Hurricane Irma is a powerful storm that is projected to make landfall in Florida by Saturday evening. We urge all of you in the area to take the proper precautions for staying safe.
Stay Safe During the Storm
Follow Governor Scott’s advice, if you are in an evacuation area, get out now. If you’re not sure if your location is flood prone, check this map.
If you evacuate your home, be sure to store important documents in a waterproof container and move it to high ground if possible. Reinforce your windows and garage doors, set a rendezvous point with family members, and create an emergency preparedness kit.
What to Include in Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit
- A Week’s Worth of Bottled Water and Food for Family and Pets. Canned and dried goods are your best bet. Don’t forget your manual can-opener.
- Flashlight, Batteries, and Radio. These will help you stay safe and monitor the storm in the event that you lose electricity.
- First-Aid Kit. Stock basic supplies for treating injuries and medications for all family members who take them.
- Gasoline. Fill your cars and generators. Fuel prices are likely to skyrocket after the storm.
- Disposable Items and Board Games. While not a matter of life or death, extra trash bags, paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet paper, and basic activities will help you to retain a sense of humanity if things get rough during the storm.
For more tips on hurricane safety, check out this article.
Our Thoughts are With Our Florida Customers
According to one of our Florida vendors, an 185 mph wind failed to move his dumpster! Although dumpsters may be very resilient, the wind is still likely to blow around any debris left inside. Our thoughts are with all of our Florida customers and vendors through the storm. Stay safe!
Last year, Philadelphia made international news when the Cedar Street Block Party featured a dumpster pool.
Philadelphia law enforcement was not happy about the pool and refused to issue future permits for parties on this block. However, the forces behind this annual jamboree wouldn’t be stopped so easily.
Operation Jersey Girl
After getting bounced around from department to department, Justyn Myers, the party’s organizer, was able to obtain the city’s reluctant approval for another block party. His permit did specify that absolutely no dumpster pools would be permitted.
An architectural designer and avid cliff jumper, Justyn Myers is an innovative sort who was ready to come up with an alternative to dumpster pools. That’s where “Operation Jersey Girl” came into play.
The Roadblock Pool
For several weeks before the party, Justyn and his friends rounded up any Jersey plastic barriers they saw. They used these to create a 12′ X 8′ rectangle, added a layer of AstroTurf to the bottom, and tied down several waterproof tarps over the whole thing.
The entire neighborhood was invited to the party on Saturday, July 29. Dozens of residents turned out and the pool was a hit among all age groups.
Party-goers also enjoyed a moon-bounce, dunk tanks, a giant water slide tunnel, and more.
Check out the full story and see photos of the pool here.
Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is proud of the relationships we have built with various clients. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with several Target stores along the East Coast.
We are excited about Target’s upcoming changes that will help evolve the store to keep up with the changing times.
Target is doing away with beloved brands, including Mossimo, Merona, Cherokee, and Circo.
In their place, Target is introducing new brands:
- A New Day, women’s apparel
- Goodfellow & Co, men’s apparel
- JoyLab, athletic wear
- Project 62, home decor
What’s the Reason for the Changes?
In an interview Mark Tritton, Target’s executive VP and chief merchandising officer, said the brands were performing well, but Target executives saw a chance to create a distinctive personality for their store.
Roughly one year ago, Target launched Cat & Jack, a children’s clothing line. Even though their other kids’ brands were performing well, like Cherokee and Circo, launching Cat & Jack had excellent results. Since the new branding, customers feel more loyal to and have a newly established preference for Target.
Executives are hoping to keep the ball rolling by creating some new branding.
New Store Layouts
In 2017, Target plans to remodel 110 stores. The first new style store will make its debut in the Houston suburbs this October.
The most notable difference in the new style stores is the dual entrances–one that offers seasonal displays for a more leisurely experience, and one for picking up online orders for those looking to get in and out quickly.
The quick section will also feature a “last minute” area where guests can pick up essentials like lunchboxes and snacks during back to school, or greeting cards and flowers during mother’s day.
We can’t wait to see these updates take shape!
Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has the pleasure of delivering dumpsters to several CVS Pharmacies along the East Coast.
In May of this year, the retail pharmacy giant announced that their stores will no longer carry sunscreens with an SPF lower than 15.
Five Tips for Protecting Your Skin This Summer
Using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is one of many methods the FDA recommends for decreasing risk of skin cancer and other sun-related skin damage. We thought it was fitting to provide 5 more tips for skin protection.
- Make Sure Your Sunscreen is Broad Spectrum: There are two types of sun rays, both of which can cause skin cancer and lasting skin damage. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays have longer waves and can cause skin aging; ultraviolet B (UVB) rays have shorter waves and cause sunburn. Unless your sunscreen says it’s broad spectrum, it likely only offers UVB protection.
- Take Other Measures to Protect Your Skin: Sunscreen is only one step. The FDA also recommends seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, wearing a hat with a 3 inch or wider brim, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Reapply Every 2 Hours: You need to reapply sunscreen every two hours, and more often if you’ve been sweating or swimming. Companies are no longer allowed to make claims that they’re product is waterproof, but some will say they are water resistant up to 40 or 80 minutes.
- Everyone Older Than 6 Months Needs Sunscreen: No matter your skin tone, familial history, race, or ethnicity, you are susceptible to sun damage. The one exception to this rule is that babies younger than 6 months should not wear sunscreen, as their skin is sensitive to the ingredients in sunscreen. However, babies’ skin is incredibly sensitive to the sun, so it’s important that they are in the shade and wear protective clothing when outside.
- Apply Correctly: The average-sized person needs to apply 1 oz of sunscreen — enough to fill a shot glass. If you are larger or smaller, adjust the amount as needed so that all of your skin that isn’t covered by clothing is generously coated.
We hope all our clients have a fun summer and keep their skin safe!
College students are notorious for pizza consumption.
While pizza is a diet staple that keeps college students satiated as they study into the night, this treat comes with its fair share of waste. And since the grease, cheese, and other food residue on the pizza boxes make the cardboard unfit for recycling, disposal is a sustainability issue.
After a spurt of ingenious brainstorming during a focus group discussion, students at NC State University came up with a creative solution to the pizza box debacle.
While pizza boxes may be too much for the recycling bin, they are decomposable.
After refurbishing dumpsters and decorating them with painted-on pizzas, students placed the receptacles around campus for their peers to dispose of pizza boxes.
Since March 2014, more than 18,000 boxes have been saved from the landfill. The project has goals to increase the variety of materials that can be composted before expanding the service to new locations.
We applaud NC State for thinking outside the box and coming up with ways to reduce waste. We are also suckers for a good dumpster makeover–check out this college professor who transformed a dumpster into a house! Or these artists from Georgia, who turned theirs into works of art.
RDD makes frequent stops at Costcos along the East Cost to deliver dumpsters. We are always happy to do business with this wholesale giant!
Costco is the world’s largest membership-only warehouse club, and the second-largest retailer in the world. We think they can attribute this success to their ability to satisfy customers’ wants and needs.
After doing some research, we found loads of lesser-known Costco facts. Find five of our favorites below.
Five Costco Facts to Enhance Your Shopping Experience
- Costco loses out big time on their rotisserie chicken: With Costco customers bagging 157,000 rotisserie chickens a day, it’s safe to say most shoppers have fallen victim to that enticing scent. At $4.99 per chicken, this deal seems too good to be true–in fact, Costco has admitted to losing $30-40 million per year on this heaven-sent bird bargain. Rather than increase the price, they keep the deal going for their customers’ benefit. Another great steal? Costco’s hot dog and soda combo has cost $1.50 for more than 30 years.
- The frozen food aisle is more romantic than you remember: Robert and Meredith Bonilla met in the frozen food section at Costco in 2013. In 2015, they held their wedding in the same place!
- Costco, your apocalypse headquarters: Looking to furnish your fall-out shelter with some easy-to-store eats? You’ll want to purchase Costco’s Emergency Cube, a cardboard box packed with a years’ worth of meals for 4 people. The food inside is safe to eat for 25 years after purchase. Unlike many Costo products, this one isn’t such a bargain. It will set you back $3,999.99.
- The low-down on inventory nomenclature: Observant shoppers will notice a few things about Costco pricing. Understanding the method to the madness will make bargain hunting a breeze! When a Costco item is still at full price, the price ends in .99. If you find an item price ending in .97, that means it is marked down from its original cost. See an asterisk after the item’s price? That means it won’t be reordered, so if you gotta have it, buy it now!
- Costco liquor club, membership not required: If the liquor section at your Costco has a separate entrance, you don’t need a membership to shop there! The same rule applies if the entrance is in the store, just head to the customer service desk for a “Temporary Alcohol Shopping Pass” and Bob’s your uncle.
After learning these facts, we are even more intrigued by the strange and magical world of Costco Wholesale Corporation! Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is happy to serve Costco’s waste disposal needs.
Retainers are orthodontic appliances that help maintain a straight smile.
They are designed to be discrete, so they’re easy to miss, especially when they aren’t in your mouth. Since they need to be removed while eating, accidental retainer disposal is a tale too often told. Unfortunately, retainers can costs upwards of $600 for a replacement set.
If it weren’t for the intervening of a dumpster diving janitor, this would have been the fate of a 4th grade student, Rowan, who mistakenly threw away her brand new retainer after lunch on baked bean and chicken sandwich day.
After eating lunch, Rowan headed to recess where she realized she must have thrown away her retainer. She alerted Rusty Mailliard, a janitor at Oakdale Elementary school in Omaha, who dove into the school dumpsters to retrieve the dental appliance.
Rowan and her mother are grateful to Rusty’s efforts and are glad he was there to save the day.
At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we love a good dumpster diving story! Check out our past dumpster diving post about a Tufts University student who runs a free restaurant using food he salvages from dumpsters.
If you’re like most Americans, when you eat strawberries, you cut off the green leafy tops
and throw them away. When you have cold, leftover dredges in the bottom of your coffee pot, you pour them down the drain without a second thought.
Salvage Supperclub not only prepares food items that are typically discarded, but they serve the finished product inside a dumpster. By creating gourmet meals from food scraps that usually go to waste, they promote sustainable eating habits and challenge people to rethink food.
In the dumpster dining room, Salvage Supperclub serves dishes like “Office Coffee Butter & Recycled Rice Bread,” “Candied Strawberry Tops” and “Broccoli Stalk Slaw.” They use not so attractive scraps, like bruised fruit, pineapple cores, and mushroom stems, to concoct delicious dishes.
Salvage Supperclub is based in New York City but rolls their thoroughly disinfected dumpster all across the country.
Recently, we decided to extend our affordable dumpster rental opportunities into New Jersey. Our new site is located at 2 University Plaza, STE 100, Hackensack, NJ, 07601. You can also reach the office by calling 201-490-4025. We will be serving the entire state of New Jersey.
At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we are always looking for the opportunity to expand. We have perfected branching out to new locations while keeping the quality of our service as high as ever. We are excited to begin conducting business in all of New Jersey, including Jersey City, Toms River, Trenton, and Elizabeth. From the beautiful beach towns, to the suburbs of Philadelphia, to North Jersey, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity!
Better Dumpster Rentals in New Jersey
Dumpsters can come in handy if you’re moving to a New Jersey home, opening a new business, or starting a construction project. With our affordable rates and flexible rental periods, Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is your go-to for your dumpster rentals! We have a variety of sizes available, including 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards. Our customers enjoy efficient and friendly service.
Some people look at a dumpster and see a place to dump trash.
Others look at dumpsters and see real potential, like the public works department in Tempe, Arizona, who turned old dumpsters into public recreational areas.
KTar News reported that the public works department took old dumpsters and filled them with dirt and planted cacti, flowers, and full-sized trees. Next, they created a seating area along the outside of the dumpster. One of the patios even has a built-in solar-powered phone charging station!
The result? A mobile recreational area that includes a garden and a bench. Since the dumpsters would have been disposed of otherwise, this project was completely free to taxpayers.
“We want to reuse, we want to repurpose, we want to recycle whenever we possibly can, and this is a really creative way of using something that wasn’t going to be used,” said Kris Baxter-Ging, spokesperson for the city of Tempe.
So far, there are three mini dumpster parks in Tempe. They plan to roll them around to different locations throughout the year.
Tempe is one of few cities adopting the practice of dumpster parks, but we could see dumpster patios as a hot new trend, nationwide!
Dumpsters typically aren’t thought of as beautiful, but in a new project, a Georgia city is challenging that idea. In Valdosta on Sept. 17, local artists took their paint brushes to a new kind of canvas.
The project is called Dumpster Art. After four dumpsters got a steam clean by the Valdosta Public Works Department, selected artists and art groups were invited to paint their masterpieces around town. Community children at Dewar Elementary School painted a fifth dumpster to resemble Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, but with a South Georgia twist.
Artists set up shop at various parking lots and street corners throughout town where the public could watch them create beautiful pieces of public art. The dumpsters will remain on display in Valdosta for one year.
While we ask our customers to refrain from expressing their creativity on rented dumpsters, we love to hear about stories like this! We are extending a special thank you to the people of Valdosta for proving that dumpsters can be more than just waste.
Dumpster pools have been all the rage — we even reported on them in a previous post. However, the City of Philadelphia recently shut down the party after a block party rented a dumpster, filled it with water from a fire hydrant, and waded right in.
The city’s response wasn’t as lighthearted. The Streets Department is refusing to issue future block party permits to the street of the crime. Additionally, officials have questioned the dumpster rental company on their lack of permits and street protection.
The following is a clip from a statement released by the Mayor’s Office:
- First and foremost, this could reduce the amount of water available should a fire break out in that neighborhood. So if you would like to have water available should a fire break out in your home, don’t illegally tap a hydrant
- There is also the potential loss of life by injury due to the hydrant water pushing a small child or even an adult into oncoming traffic.
- Finally, remember that the pressure of the water coming out of the hydrant is so strong, and so powerful, that if opened too quickly or closed too quickly, it could deliver a jolt to the main of sufficient force that could break the main … and many blocks could lose water service until it is repaired.
What are your thoughts on dumpster pools and Philly’s reaction? Would you swim in a dumpster pool?
We love the opportunity to do business with educational institutions, especially when that delivery comes from our new Georgia location. Recently, we made a delivery to the Valdosta State University campus and noticed a new addition — a functional training room.
This new training room caters to a combination of exercises for everyday movement like squatting, pushing, and rotating. Surveys concluded that students wanted this new type of equipment to improve fitness routines.
The room provides the students with fitness equipment such as quad racks, a punching bag, VertBalls, Corebags, slam balls, soft plyometric boxes, tires, sleds, and more. The staff is also in the process of adding more equipment.
A Well-Rounded Fitness Routine
Much of this equipment is much safer than typical gym equipment, encouraging students to push themselves to new limits. Many of the weights feature a thick rubber coating to prevent them from causing serious damage when dropped. This also helps newcomers feel more comfortable when familiarizing themselves with the new training room.
At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we’re always happy to see schools that pay attention to students’ needs as well as students looking to lead healthy lifestyles. For more information, please check out this article posted on the college’s website.
In addition to being a globally recognized store, Target maintains several interesting blogs on newsworthy topics as well as intriguing interviews. Recently of note was interview between Target Vice President Vidula Bal and one of TV’s best known hosts, Andy Cohen, on the Outer Spaces stage.
In the interview, which can be found at full length here, Cohen shares his opinions on what it means to create an authentic brand. He explains that his television career began as an intern on a CBS morning news show. Eventually, he earned a position as head of programming at a now-extinct channel called Trio and that led him to his career at Bravo. What started as a blog blossomed into interviews and after-shows with the reality show stars, and eventually became Watch What Happens Live.
On building an iconic brand, he said:
“There’s a need for innovation, and the secret to creating novelty is knowing your brand. When you really understand your brand, there’s so much freedom to cut through the clutter and focus on making the things that your guests, admirers and fans will love. For me, personal brand is something that needs to come naturally. And that’s a good thing, because after all these years, Watch What Happens: Live is the most real iteration of my personality. If it feels like I’m trying too hard, it won’t work.”
Cohen also told Bal that most of his great projects were the result of great teamwork. He recommends being open to everyone’s ideas to create the best work environment.
This post was inspired by a recent dumpster delivery to a Target in South Carolina.
Airport security can be very frustrating. You stand in an endless line, wait to unload your shoes and belongings into security bins, and inevitably get stuck right behind the slowest traveler of all time. Delta Airlines decided to improve this in its hometown of Atlanta, which is also good news for Roll-Off Dumpster Direct! After a recent delivery made to Delta’s terminal at the airport (presumably for this construction), we’re especially pleased.
Delta paid for and installed what they’re referring to as “innovation lanes,” a plan that took two months and $1 million to complete.
One aspect that frequent flyers are sure to love are the five different “divestment points.” Rather than waiting in a single file line behind slow-movers, travelers can simply drop off their belongings at one of the five slots. This will get travelers through much quicker — perhaps five times as fast.
No More Agents Carting Bins
Instead of requiring a TSA agent to push a cart full of empty bins back to the front of the line, an automated conveyor belt brings them right back around.
Additionally, this automated bin system can reroute bins that set off security alarms to a separate area for inspection. These advancements may seem small, but they actually free up a lot of the TSA agents’ time. That time can then be directed at screening for potential threats instead of wheeling around security bins.
Not only will these improvements make the process much faster, it will also allow the TSA to be more diligent in safety screening. You can find a video of these innovation lanes here.
3D printing is the new frontier as far as the medical, health, personal care, and beauty industries are concerned. Specifically, 3D bioprinting allows companies to recreate human skin and potentially even human organs. Procter & Gamble is joining in this innovation by launching a new grant competition. P&G is inviting all of the research institutions in Singapore to explore ideas for ways they can beneficially use bioprinting.
“There’s a lot of interest from both consumer goods companies and big pharma in bioprinting. P&G’s strategy to launch a grant competition is probably a very cost effective way of trying to get a snapshot of all the possibilities,” stated Brian Derby, professor of materials science at the University of Manchester.
How Does Bioprinting Work?
Bioprinting begins by taking cultured human cells and creating a bio-ink. This ink is placed into cartridges which are fitted into a device used for printing. This bioprinter then spurts out the cells in a pattern along with a hydrogel that acts as a scaffolding. The cells begin to grow and eventually the hydrogel is removed.
Although bioprinting is still in its early stages, companies like L’Oreal are already working on bioprinting skin to steer away from animal testing. Pharmaceutical companies are hoping that the ability to bioprint tissue will speed up the process of drug development and testing. In the distant future, it could even help with organ donation issues.
A P&G location was the recipient of one of our recent dumpster deliveries. These deliveries give us the opportunity to interact with a variety of industries, and inspire these posts!
Over the past month, we’ve delivered dumpsters to several TGI Friday’s locations. Typically, these rentals are an indication of renovations or major construction. When we saw this story in the news, it all started to make sense.
Apparently, the restaurant change is looking for a change of decor to better attract millennials. The new look will eliminate the famous “flair” sported by the serving staff, and take down the memorabilia and knick knacks that once adorned the walls. The new decor will be much lighter than the dark wooden tables and red and white stripes that we’ve grown accustomed to. Even their new website design matches the new blond wood.
Dropping the T.G.I.
Perhaps the most shocking of the changes — the restaurant will now just be known as “Fridays.” You may be wondering where we’re getting all of this information from. Well, a prototype “Fridays” was opened in Corpus Christi, TX. This chic, new spot has also incorporated other business changes such as a to-go sandwich counter, coffee stations, open mic nights, and a “Hangover Brunch.”
Transformation of other locations depends on the success of the prototype, but all sources seem to think the likelihood is high. Fridays will now be a day-time competitor for businesses like Starbucks, where customers can have breakfast, lunch, work-from-home, or a grab a bite while on the run. At night, the restaurant will remain a dinner staple but also offer the accommodations of your local pub. The play is for the “millennial-minded,” though the brand doesn’t want to cut that off at a single age.
What do you think of the change?
We’ve opened up another new office – this time in Boca Raton. With the demand we’ve been seeing for affordable dumpster rentals in Florida, adding to our growing business was a no-brainer. You can now find Roll-Off Dumpster Direct at 1825 NW Corporate Blvd, Ste 110, Boca Raton, FL 33431 or reach us by phone at 561-948-1048. Our new location is situated between Florida Atlantic University and Town Center. If we’re now neighbors, please feel free to stop by and say hello.
At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we’ve been actively opening additional offices to expand our reach without sacrificing quality. We are now perfectly situated to provide better-than-ever service in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties. We’re especially looking forward to escaping the cold of Northeast winters. Conducting business by the beach or golf course sounds much more appealing.
Better Dumpster Rentals in Southeast Florida
Whether you’re opening a new business (like us), taking on a construction project, or moving to/from Southeast Florida, be sure to reach out to Roll-Off Dumpster Direct for your dumpster rental. We offer the most affordable rates and longest rental periods. Our dumpster size options include 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards. Additionally, we provide the best customer service in the industry.
After opening our latest office in Boca Raton, we’ve become increasingly interested in waste removal in Florida. We know, you must be too. In any case, we did come across some facts about landfills that are sure to catch the interest of at least a few Florida residents.
- The smallest landfill is located in Glades County, having a total land area of 40 acres.
- The state of Florida has 163 active Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris disposal facilities.
- The landfill in Okeechobee is one of the ten largest in the country, receiving roughly 2,640,000 tons each year.
- In 1980, Florida had approximately 500 open dumps. During this time period, it was a common practice to either burn or use one of these open dumps in order to alleviate the solid waste
- Orange County Landfill receives approximately 2,100 TPD of waste within a total site area of 5,000 acres.
- According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are 67 municipal solid waste landfills in Florida.
Even if you’re not as excited by waste statistics as we are, you should be excited that Roll-Off Dumpster Direct is now in the area! This new office will allow us to provide even better service to our Floridian clients. To schedule your own dumpster delivery, get a free quote using the form on this page or give us a call on our new local number 561-948-1048.
It’s that time of year where you’ll begin to see Christmas trees lining the sidewalks on trash day. However, many Philadelphians may be unaware that you do not need to throw away your tree. You can recycle it instead.
Philadelphia’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs from January 4, 2016 through January 16, 2016. You can drop your tree at any of the following Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm:
- 3901 N Delaware Ave.
- 5100 Grays Ave.
- 2601 West Glenwood Ave.
- 3033 South 63rd St.
- Domino Lane and Umbria Street
- State Road and Ashburner Street
Additional drop-off locations are available only Saturday, January 9 and Saturday, January 16 between 9am and 3pm. You can find a list of those locations here. Just make sure that your tree is completely free of decorations and untied!
What if I can’t drop off my tree?
Christmas trees can also be collected at curbside on trash day, though these trees won’t be recycled. If you’re looking for ways to reuse your Christmas tree yourself, check out these suggestions from the City of Philadelphia Streets Department:
- Purchase potted trees and plant them after the holidays
- Use small pine limbs and needles as good winter mulch material
- Include your tree in backyard compost
If you live outside of Philadelphia, be sure to check with your local waste and sanitation department for Christmas tree recycling programs.