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.
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.
We enjoy delivering dumpsters to well known hotel chains. The staff is always so accommodating. After our latest delivery to the Courtyard by Marriott in New Jersey, we learned something interesting about one of their other locations and we thought we’d share it with you.
The Marriott Barbados is encouraging locals to stop by for an affordable “staycation,” among other services. There are different packages, one includes a night’s stay and breakfast, and there are also day passes available for locals to come by and use the hotel’s facilities. The Marriott rewards programs also allow participants to build up points they can use internationally.
According to representatives, business this summer has been going very smoothly compared with some of their competitors. They say a lot of this success is owed to the business brought in by local clientele.
Employees from the Marriott Bridgetown (in Barbados) recently took to the Sheraton Mall to promote these staycations. They described the rewards programs to locals, explaining that the points they earn during staycations could reduce the price of international vacations. Shoppers were also able to spin a wheel and win prizes, including stays at the Marriott Bridgetown.
For more information, read the full story at The Advocate.
At Roll Off Dumpster Direct, we’re always intrigued by a large corporation that is interested in bettering the community. And, that’s exactly what we found after making a delivery to a Subaru dealership in Trenton, NJ.
For our readers outside the Greater Philadelphia area, each year 93.3 WMMR, a local radio station, hosts a charity event called Camp Out For Hunger. For a week, the hosts of the show (Preston and Steve) camp out in a motor home to raise money and collect food for Philabundance, a Delaware Valley hunger relief effort.
Throughout the week, contributors can make financial donations or bring in non-perishable food items. Acme even partnered with this event to allow shoppers to purchase items specifically for Philabundance. The 2013 Camp Out for Hunger raised 772,461 LBS. of food and $241,521. In total, that’s the equivalent of 1, 255,503 meals for Delaware Valley families in need. Subaru of America came in first place as a business contributor, collecting 341,029 lbs.
Although Camp Out For Hunger happened back in December, loyal Preston & Steve listeners know that Subaru just recently received its first place prize — a live show at the Subaru of Cherry Hill, NJ. Not only has Subaru been a great contributor to Philabundance and Camp Out For Hunger in 2013, but they donate annually. In fact, they’re constantly coming up with ways to outdo themselves and motivate others to join in the cause.
But, Subaru doesn’t stop there. Subaru employees can be found volunteering at food banks, soup kitchens, food drives, and other community events throughout the year. Who doesn’t love a corporation concerned with the community?
We were surprised to learn that Boston Market has been toying with its recipes to reduce sodium. After making a delivery to a location in East Brunswick, NJ, we didn’t notice any difference. And it seems that no customers have either.
That’s because the comfort food chain has gone to great lengths to make menu items healthier without sacrificing taste. So far, Boston Market has been able to reduce the sodium levels in mashed potatoes by 26 percent, poultry gravy by 50 percent, cornbread by 30 percent, stuffing by 19 percent, and meatloaf by 18 percent. Not only has the chain not received commentary over the change, but stuffing sales over the holidays actually increased. Virtually no one realized that the great food they’ve always enjoyed had become healthier — not even the associates serving the food.
The research and development team worked strenuously to maintain the same taste in each item. In some cases, flaky sea salt was used to reduce sodium. In others, like the mashed potatoes, the other flavors were increased to make up for the lack of salt. Once the team felt they had found the right recipe, the items are brought to company taste panelists. If the panelists can’t tell the difference between the old and new recipes, they are tested in select locations. During these tests, only management was aware the reduced sodium items were being served alongside the traditional recipes. The test is a success if the customers can’t tell the difference.
Currently, a reduced sodium macaroni and cheese is being served in about 40 restaurants. If the test is successful, Boston Market will have created a mac and cheese dish we don’t have to feel guilty about eating — a dream come true.
Not too long ago, we made a delivery to Elizabeth Ann Kennels in Stirling, New Jersey. The kennel describes itself as a “Bed, Biscuit, & Resort Spa” for pets. As you can probably guess from that description, this is not your average doggie day care. In fact, the pet resort offers amenities such as pet lodging, pedicures, massages, and plenty of outdoor activities to ensure that your furry friend feels like a celebrity in your absence. While to some this may seem a bit extravagant, pet resorts and spas are actually part of a growing trend — some might say the new norm.
Another example of the new kennel industry is the Top Dog Country Club. Here, the amenities include a turf lawn, orthopedic mattresses, a heated swimming pool as well as heated tile floors, among other luxuries fit for most humans. According to the NY Times, the socialization while boarding trend began about ten years ago when kennel owners began charging small fees to add “play time” as an additional service to just boarding. Since then, community play between boarding pets has become a necessity that both keeps the dogs occupied and happy and allows pet owners to feel like they’re sending their animals on a vacation rather than a punishment.
After reading up on some of these doggie resorts, we’re a bit jealous we can’t stay ourselves. However, knowing that our pets are away having a great time makes enjoying our own vacations that much easier. Everyone deserves to be spoiled every once in a while — even the dog.
The Graffiti Run is the self-proclaimed “most colorful day of your life.” Recently, they brought their colorful madness to Campbell Field in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell Field, just across the river from Philadelphia, is the home of the Camden Riversharks, a minor league baseball team.
Roll Off Dumpster Direct made a dumpster delivery for the race. On the day of the event, Campbell field was transformed into a massive 3.1 mile course of colored powder and paint.
People of all ages are invited to participate in the “run,” whether they actually run or choose to walk, crawl, or skip. Participants get dressed up in a lot of old white clothing and take before-and-after photos to show the amount of damage done.
Fun was had by all, and at the end of the day, Roll Off Dumpster Direct was there to help clean up. Check out the Graffiti Run’s website for upcoming runs in your area.
The United States Coast Guard is one of five US armed forces, whose motto is “Semper Paratus,” meaning “Always ready.” The organization has eleven missions, as dictated by law, including coastal security, drug interdiction, and search and rescue. Recently, Roll-Off Dumpster Direct delivered a dumpster to one of the Coast Guard’s sleeping stations in Barnegat Light, NJ for a clean-out.
The primary responsibility (in terms of operating expenses) of the Coast Guard is coastal security, which entails “the protection of the U.S. Maritime Domain and the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) and those who live, work or recreate near them; the prevention and disruption of terrorist attacks, sabotage, espionage, or subversive acts; and response to and recovery from those that do occur.”
Although the Coast Guard is mainly focused on domestic security, the President has the power to call on them at any time to be used as a military force in a conflict.
For more information on the USCG, check out their website.
Rutgers University’s Lucy Stone Hall is home to many department offices and is named after Lucy Stone, founder of the New Jersey Woman’s Suffrage Association. We recently delivered one of our 20 yard containers to help with a sidewalk and step repair job. We were inspired by the work done by this building’s namesake .
Lucy Stone attended Oberlin College starting in 1843, where she graduated with honors and was selected to write a commencement speech for her classmates. The first woman to graduate college in the state of Massachusetts, Stone represented a large step in the right direction for the early women’s rights movement.
Other initiatives taken on by Stone included refusing to take her husband’s name and supporting women who wanted a divorce. Even today, Stone’s legacy lives on in buildings like the one at Rutgers and through women who choose to keep their birth names, who are called “Lucy Stoners.”
Recently, Roll Off Dumpster made a delivery to the Atlantic County Animal Shelter in Pleasantville, NJ. The mission of this shelter is “To provide love and compassion, in a healthy environment, to animals while attempting to reunite them with their owners, to educate the public on responsible ownership, and to facilitate successful pet adoptions while respecting and striving to improve the quality of life for both pets and people.”
As a result of worries that pets for adoption were not good pets, people often decide to get their pets from a pet store or breeder instead. In fact, more often than not, pets are given up for adoption for other reasons, including:
- Owners are moving to housing that don’t allow pets (7% dogs, 8% cats)
- Allergies (8% cats)Owner having personal problems (4% dogs and cats)
- Too many or no room for litter mates (7% dogs, 17% cats)
- Owner can no longer afford the pet (5% dogs, 6% cats)
- Owner no longer has time for the pet (4% dogs)
ASPCA estimates that 5 to 7 million animals enter a shelter every year across the county. Approximately half of these animals are those given up for adoption by their owners, and half are those picked up by animal control. Due to the effects of the recent financial crisis, many shelters have essentially run out of capacity and funding. As a result, it is more important than ever that families and individuals who have the ability to adopt do so.
Hurricane Sandy took the East Coast over six months ago, but the recovery process is in no way over. Many coastal communities are still restoring homes and businesses, and boardwalks are beginning to reopen for the summer season.
Roll Off took a trip to Good Luck Point Marina in Bayville, NJ to help with the disposal of a boat destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Many homes and boats in the area have not been revived, as homeowners are struggling to come back from the Super Storm.
Still, progress is being made. Part of the Seaside Heights Boardwalk recently opened and FEMA just announced that it is sending $2.1 million to the Sandy-ravaged Point Beach town in New Jersey. The entire Point Beach boardwalk is expected to open by Memorial Day weekend.
We delivered a dumpster to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to help with the building and opening of Kiwi Yogurt. Kiwi Yogurt was founded in 2008 by a brother and sister in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Now with over 10 locations, Kiwi offers 16 rotating flavors of yogurt with over 40 toppings, like cookie dough, pomegranate, and peanut butter. Standout yogurt flavors include Angel Food Cake, Salted Caramel Pretzel, and Red Velvet Cake.
Roll Off Dumpsters were sent to the Atlantic City International Airport to be used for control tower renovations. High winds generated by commercial planes make dumpster removal a difficult task, so we secured a mesh tarp to protect debris from flying out of the container. The project comes soon after airport opened a $25.1 million, 75,000 square-foot expansion in late November to accommodate an increase in flights. The airport serves over a million passengers annually and offers convenient and stress-free travel.
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).
Dumpster service is necessary for Jersey Shore cleanup efforts, especially because according to a recent Asbury Park Press article, Hurricane Sandy created over 10 million cubic yards of debris in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut alone. This is enough trash to fill the Giants Stadium more than four times.
Hurricane Sandy took the East Coast by storm this past October, causing a reported $63 billion in damages in the United State alone. A great deal of the total damages occurred to the New Jersey beaches, including the destruction of local boardwalks and homes. In fact, the state of New Jersey alone saw over 30 fatalities, reported by the Associated Press.
In an effort to help with restoration efforts, Roll-Off has delivered containers to Ocean Gate, Point Pleasant Beach, Manahawkin, Absecon, Sea Isle City, Tom’s River, Surf City, Red Bank, and Ventnor City. Tom’s River has already disposed of over 40 tons of trash.
These shore spots will be continuing cleanup efforts throughout the new year. With so many buildings damaged, it’s important for officials to focus on moving out debris as efficiently as possible.
Roll Off Dumpster Direct was pleased to help with community cleanup in Kearny, NJ after Hurricane Sandy hit. We sent daily dumpster swap outs for a week as the town and surrounding communities begun to recover from the storm. Sandy left much of New York City and Northern New Jersey a mess with damage to homes and businesses from high winds and storm surge flooding.
One of the local businesses affected was Fedway Associates Inc, New Jersey’s exclusive distributor of many high end liquor brands including Grey Goose vodka and Cristal champagne. The businesses warehouse is located in Kearny and was flooded during the 10 foot storm surge.
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter in Pleasantville, NJ recently underwent renovations to better meet the needs of the animals, staff, and local community. Roll Off Dumpster Direct was happy to help them during their renovations by delivering a dumpster to dispose of the waste from the construction. The shelter serves Atlantic County in NJ as a location for animal control to bring stray dogs and cats. They also offer education to the community on responsible pet ownership and care. Pets can be adopted from the facility with small fees charged for vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and other treatments.
As schools open to students many are entering a newly renovated or brand new school building. We supply dumpsters to many of these school construction projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The Oakland Public Schools in North Jersey were one of the projects we sent a dumpster to this Summer for their school renovation project. They have been working for years on renovation projects in the district. We also sent a dumpster to help with the construction of the new Brookland Middle School in Virginia. It is always exciting to be involved in new construction and especially a much needed school building. School construction is busiest through the Summer as most schools are closed and students on vacation.