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.
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!
Love penguins? Love the zoo? We do, and we were so excited to help out the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with a dumpster delivery.
Right now, construction is underway for the African Penguin Exhibit, set to open this fall. By visiting the zoo’s website, you can see pictures of the progress as it goes on. In addition to providing a fun, safe habitat for the penguins, this new facility will allow visitors to get a closer look at the animals. Walking through the exhibit you’ll be able to watch penguins waddle on land or swimming underwater — you can even take part in a Keeper Chat where you can talk to a real zoo keeper. If you’re lucky, you’ll be around for one of the penguin encounters.
Currently, 60 penguins live in the Rock Island Penguin Exhibit. Although they’re happy where they are, the new exhibit will create space to expand the penguin colony to 100 birds. Also, the African Penguin Exhibit will provide innovative resources for the penguins and conserve millions of gallons of water each year.
The African penguin population has been in decline since the turn of the century, and wild penguins are forced to compete with professional fishermen and other wildlife for food. This new exhibit will provide an accommodating home for many of these birds.
Coughing, sneezing, wheezing. Welcome to allergy season. And with the crazy weather experienced all over the country this year, it’s bound to be rough. Thanks to a recent delivery to the Washington Heights Medical Center in Westminster, MD, we decided to look into the medical effects of this year’s polar vortex.
CNN reported that thanks to recent snow fall, trees will be flowering late. This means that allergens will be released less gradually than usual. If it warms up quickly, we can expect to be sneezing up a storm.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, residents of certain cities may have a more difficult battle with allergies this Spring. On their annual list of Spring allergy capitals, Louisville, Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Oklahoma City were the worst for allergy sufferers. Also in the top 25 were:
If you’re suffering from allergies, it’s best to take your medication early on before symptoms become too severe. Also, it’s useful to keep the air conditioning on with windows closed and to shower right before bed.
When choosing a daycare for your child, do you ever look at the playground? If so, what do you look for? Obviously safe equipment is necessary, but playgrounds are important for childhood development as well.
We recently helped out at a new playground construction site in Belcamp, MD at Child Time Daycare. We could see that designing a playground was very organized and researched work. That got us to wondering exactly how each piece of equipment was chosen for most playgrounds. After some research, we can share our findings.
For example, swings are often very popular among children. Obviously, this is because they are fun and exciting. However, swings also help children develop balance and coordination skills. Similarly, slides give kids climbing exercise and monkey bars help to build upper body strength.
In addition to physical benefits, playgrounds also provide social exercises for young children. Areas designed for free play like soccer or basketball encourage youngsters to play together. Ramps and jungle gyms are also places where kids are likely to strike up conversation with one another. In other areas, playgrounds teach self-control, sharing, and how to take turns. Kids stand in line and wait for a swing or slide to become available.
After considering these aspects, it easy to see that proper playground is an important part of a successful daycare. If you’re stuck between choosing facilities for your young one, look for equipment that is fun, safe, and encourages physical activity and social interaction. Your child will have a great time while developing important life skills.
The Ronald McDonald House charity has been around for many years. Its primary purpose is to provide housing near hospitals for families of seriously ill children who may or may not be able to afford such housing. There are houses in 58 different countries with a grand total of 7,200 rooms for families in need.
Roll Off Dumpster Direct recently made a delivery to the Ronald McDonald house in Potomac , Maryland. Named as one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” in 2001 and 2002 by Worth magazine, Ronald McDonald House is certainly doing a lot of good around the world, supporting families of children with debilitating illnesses. Obviously, Roll Off Dumpster was excited to be a part of such a noble cause.
In addition to the Ronald McDonald House’s traditional houses, they have also started another program called Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are essentially a place for families who don’t need somewhere to stay overnight to regroup, change clothes, shower, eat, etc. These are often right inside of the hospital and are a great way to rest for families who spend have spent countless stressful hours inside of an ICU or pediatric unit.
With the support of 144,000 volunteers and hundreds of millions in donations, Ronald McDonald House is able to provide services at 78% of the world’s best children’s hospital. To learn more about the charity or to donate, visit the Ronald McDonald House website.
We know that dumpster rental isn’t always the most appealing business, so we decided to mix it up and write a post about a wonderful restaurant we recently delivered to. Pupuseria Morazan is a Salvadorian restaurant that can be found in Brentwood, MD, just outside of Washington, DC.
Salvadorian cuisine is related to the cooking of the Spanish people and often includes a lot of corn. The most widely recognized dish is called a pupusa, which is a thick corn tortilla filled with cheese, pork, and refried beans. Obviously, there are other variations, but this is the most common.
One reviewer of Pupuseria Morazan said, “When friends come to visit, instead of going into the city for an overpriced, parking nightmare, we take them for some authentic food and Corona’s at the quaint red and white checker table cloths.”
All in all, it sounds like this Pupuseria is the real deal when it comes to Salvadorian food. For more reviews and directions to the restaurant, check out their page on Google+.
Roll-Off made some visits to T-Mobile stores this month— one in the Greenbriar Mall in Chesapeake,VA and the other in District Heights, MD.
Our dumpsters helped with store clean-up, and we got an exclusive behind the scenes look at the new LG G2, which will be available in stores starting September 25.
But before you decide to upgrade your phone, learn more about cell phone disposal.
Here is the full press release from T-Mobile regarding roll out of the new phones:
The wait is almost over for T-Mobile customers looking to get their hands on the latest LTE smartphones from LG Electronics. The LG G2 and LG Optimus F6 will further expand T-Mobile’s ever-growing LTE smartphone lineup and will both be available with the Simple Choice Plan, which offers unlimited talk, text and Web with no annual service contract on a speedy nationwide network.
The innovative LG G2 – with a beautiful 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 13MP camera, an ergonomic and intuitive rear key design and easy-to-use multitasking applications – is sure to stun and provide virtually all the advanced features smartphone users expect. Starting today, the all-new LG G2, the first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, is available to pre-order and expected to go on-sale September 18 online atwww.T-Mobile.com. The device will launch nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retail stores on September 25. The flagship device will be available for well-qualified customers for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $21 with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. The smartphone will be available in a black finish as well as a white finish, which will only be offered online.
With the affordable Optimus F6, customers won’t have to compromise on style and functions. It boasts a bright and super sharp 4.5-inch display and 5MP camera with LG-exclusive advanced camera features. We expect the stylish, fast and full-featured Optimus F6 to launch online via www.T-Mobile.com starting September 5 and to be available nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retail stores on September 11. With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, the Optimus F6 will cost $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $10 – making it one of T-Mobile’s most affordable Android-powered smartphones. For more information on the Optimus F6, please visit https://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-f6.html.
These days, it seems like all some people in the business world are talking about is this idea of “Big Data.” But what does that even mean, and why does it matter? Big Data is really used to refer to a lot of things, and after our recent MD dumpster rental delivery to the Expedient Data Center in Owings Mills, we decided to do a little research of our own.
Data is really just information, and the real concept of big data is that more and more information is produced each year. In fact, 90% of the data available was produced in the past two years. This information comes in many forms, from anything from purchase transaction records to your favorite celebrity’s twitter account. You’d be surprised what information is out there.
There are a variety of companies that provide different services with regard to big data. Many companies, like Dropbox, Google, and our friends at Expedient, offer data storage services, which is basically exactly what it sounds like. Other companies, like IBM and other consulting firms, offer data analytics, which refers more to helping companies make use of all of the information out there in terms of real decision-making.
Often, this means using data for its predictive value. After his extremely accurate predictions of the past few presidential elections launched him to international fame, the statistician Nate Silver wrote a book called The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t about precisely that. It turns out that although most people realize that big data holds a lot of potential, very few have actually been able to properly harness it and benefit from it.
For more information, check out SAS’s explanation of big data.
Everyone has heard the fact that flying is safer than driving, but even if we know this is true, it often doesn’t feel that way. According to David Ropeik, risk communication instructor at Harvard School of Public Health, driving often feels safer than flying because of our perception of personal control. But, in fact, flying is much safer than driving. US Today states that the odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 98 for a lifetime whereas they are 1 in 7,178 for air and space travel.
Roll Off Dumpster Direct recently made a delivery to Baltimore Washington International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country, for a concourse renovation. BWI is a focus airport for Southwest Airlines and was also ranked the 22nd busiest airport in 2011. In that year, BWI accounted for over 11 million passenger boardings. Visit BWI to learn more about the airport and available flights or check out our Baltimore dumpster rentals for your next construction project.
In recent years, there has been an increase in natural disasters, including storms and fires. This may very well be as a result of climate change, which has resulted in a higher frequency of extreme temperatures and weather.
We recently made a delivery to Disaster Response, a company which works to clean up and restore properties which are damaged by various natural disasters. They are a member of Disaster Kleenup International, the largest property damage restoration organization in North America.
Check out Virginia dumpster rentals to see how Roll Off Dumpster Direct can help you with your next construction or renovation project.
Fort Detrick was historically the center of the American biological weapons program from 1943 to 1969, but the program has since stopped. Still, the base is home to much of the development of the US biological defense program. The site hosts the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command.
Fort Detrick is also the largest employer in Frederick County, Maryland.
Did you know that Fort Detrick has been referenced in many pop culture outlets including the Outbreak, The Bourne Legacy & X-Files?
Roll Off delivered a 30 yard container to the Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. Since 2000, the airport has undergone improvements as part of the Dulles Development (D2) capital construction for future growth. Over the past few years, the airport has expanded and now has more parking garages to accommodate increased airport traffic. In the next few years, the airport may have a new concourse and runway as well.
Roll-Off Dumpster sent out a 30 yard container to the Youth Center on Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Joint Base Andrews is widely known for serving as the home base of two Boeing VC-25A aircraft, which serve the President of the United States. When the President is on board the aircraft, it’s then referred to as Air Force One. Air Force One was first stationed at Andrews in July 1961, and the base was the where John F. Kennedy’s body was taken after his November 1963 assassination.
More recently, the base has become a place for youth activities and support. The Youth Center is part of a program that offers a range of instructional programs, social programs, and sports activities for 5–18 year-olds. The facility itself holds a gymnasium, five classrooms, a computer lab, dance studio, theater, two game rooms, and a teen lounge.
Visit the Joint Base Andrews website for more information about the Youth Center.
Roll-Off Dumpster Direct helped with a clean out at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy in Oxon Hill, MD. Shoppers has over 65 stores in the Baltimore, DC and Northern Virginia areas. The store chain is owned by SUPERVALU INC., one of the largest US grocery channel companies with over 4,400 stores. Our containers helped the Oxon Hill grocery store with refurbishment efforts.
We recently delivered a container to the Annapolis Naval Base. Annapolis is home of the US Naval Academy and has long been considered America’s sailing capital.
Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has also recently removed containers from the Philadelphia Naval Yard. The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was the country’s first naval shipyard. Within the past two decades, the space has been updated and now houses over 120 companies within its space.
Roll Off is once again providing dumpsters to Weis Markets, one of the earliest grocery store chains in Pennsylvania. The project requires a large, sturdy dumpster for concrete removal from the back loading dock. The construction will help to improve deliveries into the store. Weis Markets are prevalent throughout Central Pennsylvania, but the chain of supermarkets operates a total of 162 stores in five states (Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland).
“Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” was the rallying cry of Americans in 1898 as the country went to war against Spain. The Spanish-American War began after the sinking of the battleship USS Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor on February 15th, 1898. What does this have to do with dumpsters? Well we delivered a 10-yd dumpster to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC for the restoration of the mast of the Maine Memorial. 165 sailors who died in the explosion and sinking of the Maine are interned at the cemetery. The mast of the ship is part of a memorial to the USS Maine.
Dumpsters used in the renovation of hangar 5 at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC were supplied by Roll-Off Dumpster Direct. Hangar 5 is an approximately 40,500 square foot space that was renovated along with other buildings including Pier 4. This large project is was initiated by United States Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security as an acquisition for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business or Small Business.
While the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse located in Arlington, VA was being remodeled they relied on Roll Off Dumpster Direct to deliver the dumpsters. This DSW location is in the Pentagon Row an upscale shopping and residential space. Roll Off Dumpster Direct was able to deliver a dumpster even to this upscale location without interfering with the shopping district. Store renovations are a common use for our dumpster rentals and we are able to deliver and pickup these containers as required.