Meet The Staff: Raymond Contreras

Welcome back to Meet The Staff. Today’s focus is going to be on Raymond Contreras, a 5 year veteran of Pot-O-Gold. This week’s segment is going to be on the shorter side, but hopefully you will get a decent enough picture on what makes Raymond tick. He is a bit of a mystery man. Raymond was born on December 12, 1974 in El. Salvador. In his free time Raymond likes to “play.” Seeing answers like these gets my mind racing. Play what? Sports? Video Games? Cello? Let your mind take you on a journey. Raymond palate favors rice and beans. Possibly casamiento? Casamiento is a delicious rice and bean dish from El. Salvador. If you’ve never tried it, I highly suggest you do. Delicious! If any actor were to play Raymond in a movie, he would want Sylvester Stallone to play the role. Who doesn’t love Rocky or Rambo? Raymond’s ideal vacation isn’t a where, but it’s a when. He want to have a nice December vacation. Doing what? Who knows, but my guess is to take a week off for his birthday. Possibly visit Miami. That’s what I would do. Cumbia, Latin-American dance music, gets Raymond pumped and motivated for the day. I mean can u blame the man? When I think of Latin-American dance music, I think of Shakira. How’s that for motivation? Raymond’s most unusual habit is going to work. That’s right! You heard it here first folks! Maybe Ray Ray here is a man of leisure. There’s no shame in that! To end it, Raymond’s first job was labor. That’s right. Labor. Maybe I had the leisure thing wrong. Maybe he’s a man’s man who loves the feeling of sweat on his brow. Who knows?

Alright guys, that’s going to be it for this week’s Meet The Staff. Don’t forget to tune in next week! Bye now!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are taking a step back from our usual blog this week and we are going to talk about breast cancer.  It’s October so breast cancer awareness is front and center in everyone’s mind. For breast cancer in women, the death rate has decreased by 36 percent between 1989 and 2012. And over the last 30 years, the 5-year relative survival rate for breast cancer has gone up by 21.3 percent, according to the ACS. In 1975, the 5-year survival rate for women was 75.2 percent, but in 2008, it was 90.6 percent. Breast cancer is more survivable than ever thanks to advancements modern medicine. At stage 1, you almost have a 100% 5-year survival rate and 93% at stage 2. Because of these incredible numbers, it is more important than ever to do check yourself for any abnormalities about once a month. Men, this goes for you too. Male breast cancer is a thing. About 2,600 men were estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. That may not be a whole lot, but it still happens so be vigilant.

Every October, there are huge fundraisers across the country to raise money to fight breast cancer. People doning pink show up in droves to donate what they can be it their time or money. Walks are held where these pink clad heroes walk miles to bring awareness to the cause. Don your pink ribbons and march! Because of these efforts, cancer research has been slung forward by many bounds. The funding that raised helped save so many lives. The more people made aware of this cause, the more people you will have to donate to it. With more donations comes more funding for research. With more research…well… hopefully one day there will be a cure.

Meet The Staff: Bobby Crosby

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Bobby Crosby, a 7-year veteran of Pot-O-Gold! Bobby was born June 6, 1973 and is from Hammond, LA. He is currently engaged with his lovely fiance. In his free time, Bobby enjoys “anything sports.” And come chow time, Bobby favors The Chimes’ seafood. If Bobby could go on his ideal vacation, he would like to go white water rafting and hiking in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.

If Bobby could have anyone play him in a movie, he would like to be Brad Pitt because of “similar appearance.” Bobby must be beating the ladies off with a stick! Rock and R&B music gets him ready for the day. High octane music will do that to you! Bobby’s best attributes are his easy goingness, his kind heart, and the fact that he is a good friend to many. His most unusual habit is reminiscent of Santa Clause. Every night before bed he partakes in cookies and milk. Sounds delicious. If Bobby could have any car, he would want a Bugatti. If Bobby could meet one person, he would like to meet his grandfather. He passed away before Bobby was born. He and I are alike in that regard. Bobby is a season ticket holder to LSU football (Geaux Tigers) and when he was younger he dreamed of playing for the NFL. One of Bobby’s most fond memories was from his teenage years when his team won the championship. Bobby’s nickname is Sweet Daddy. If he could visit anywhere in the world, he would like to visit Italy. Not a bad place to visit if I do say so myself. Bobby’s bucket list includes skydiving (he is much braver than I), Ride in a helicopter (two birds one stone?), and to go deep-sea diving (he is REALLY brave). Bobby’s guilty pleasure is buying clothes for himself. What can you say? “Every girl’s crazy bout a sharp dressed man”- ZZ Top. His very first celebrity crush was Alyssa Milano. The best piece of advice he has ever received was from his father. “If you want something bad enough, be willing to work for it.” Wise words to live by. Finally, if granted one super power, Bobby would choose the gift of flight.

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Meet The Staff! I will see you guys next week!

Festivals: The Sequel

There are a lot of festivals coming up soon in New Orleans alone. Fried Chicken Festival, Oktoberfest, New Orleans Film Festival, Louisiana Seafood Festival and more. The good times will be rolling and the food will be flowing. And beer. Lots and lots of beer. Especially during Oktoberfest. How’s that for a good time?

Thousands of people flock to these events that last for days at a time to experience all they have to offer. Nothing is quite like spending time with friends and family at a festival having the time of your life. Chowing down on delicious food, tossing back tasty lauger, and watching some incredible indie films make for a wonderful experience. Pot-O-Gold is here to help elevate that experience.

Pot-O-Gold is the gulf south’s premier portable toilet and dumpster company. We have been around since 1983 gaining a ton of loyal customers who use us for every event, construction project, and disaster relief. Pot-O-Gold’s event portable toilets provide an excellent restroom solution for any festival. Our handwash stations are paramount to help keep your hands clean and free of dirt, grime, and germs at the major food festivals. Pot-O-Gold’s roll off dumpsters provide a fantastic way to manage all of the garbage that accumulates at these events.

Visit potogoldwaste.com or call 1-888-768-6465 to learn more.

Make your next job a Pot-O-Gold.

Go Gold to go Green

Environmentally friendly. What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “environmentally friendly?” Electric cars? Reusable shopping bags? Solar energy? What about portable toilets? Portable toilets hardly cross the minds of environmental conservationists, but believe it or not, they are the most environmentally friendly way of managing human waste. “What about EPA verified WaterSense toilets?” “Aren’t they supposed to be environmentally friendly?” Compared to traditional toilets which use up to 6 gallons of water per flush, they are very friendly towards the environment and water conservation, but they still waste a lot of water at up to 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The newer models which exceed EPA regulation use about 1.28 gallons per flush. Portable toilets use 5 gallons of water with about 55 gallons of space left in the holding tank for waste. Lets say the portable toilet gets used 100 times. That’s about .05 gallons of water per use. How is THAT for environmentally friendly?
Pot-O-Gold also participates in LEED. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about the places where we live, work, and learn.  Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a globally recognized framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, and maintenance solutions.  It applies to all building types – commercial, residential, and entire neighborhood communities – and addresses the full life cycle of a building project.  Achieving LEED certification for your project may qualify you for money-saving incentives, like tax rebates and zoning allowances, and it is the best way to demonstrate that your building is truly “green.”

To meet LEED goals, it is important to hire LEED-accredited professionals with demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process.

Pot-O-Gold has performed on more than 50 LEED-certified projects and has the distinction of being the first privately owned Louisiana waste company to become a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.  Pot-O-Gold’s team will suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra disposal cost and help offset expenses by identifying appropriate waste recycling streams.  Pot-O-Gold will coordinate recycling efforts between you and the recycling facility, and assist you with all waste-related documentation and LEED reporting needed to get your project recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Build Green with Pot-O-Gold.

Labor Day

Labor Day is on the horizon and let’s face it, we all love to grill up some hot dogs and hamburgers while we kick our feet up on this wonderful holiday. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate this holiday or do you just see it as another day off? How about a history lesson?

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New Your City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, 30 US states officially celebrated Labor Day. –Wikipedia

Now that you have that little nugget of knowledge, you can appreciate Labor Day a bit more! While youre outside grilling up a storm with your guests drinking beers and sangria, they will eventually have to go to the restoom. To save your house from the foot traffic and dirt, you had the foresight to order one of Pot-O-Gold’s fantastic porta potties and a wonderful handwash station. Our porta potty provids a fantasic restroom solution for those holding a gathering and our hand wash stations make it easy to keep your hands sanitary. There’s a lot of food around at these parties after all.

Visit our website or call 1-888-768-6465 to learn more!

Labor Day Girl

The Toilet/People Ratio

Everyone loves a good event! Anything from a concert, to an art festival, to a triathlon people will come in droves. You, as a smart business person, must be prepared to take care of all of these people. Food, drink, and shops are a given, but what about when nature comes calling. People need a place to answer that call without leaving your event or answering it in the bushes. Pot-O-Gold’s portable toilets are the best answer to that problem. You need to ask yourself a few questions in preparation for your order. How many people do you think will attend this event? Does this event span over multiple days? How many of the attendees do you expect to be women? Will there be alcohol? How many hours a day will this event be going on? All of these are questions that must be factored in for you to successfully order proper amount of porta potties. The more people there are, the more toilets you will need. If there is alcohol avaliable, you may want to increase the amount of toilets ordered by 10-15%. If the majority of the attendees are women, you may want to do the same increase. The larger this event becomes, the harder it is to factor everything in so Pot-O-Gold has made you a little cheat sheet. Shhhh, don’t worry! We won’t tell if you won’t! It doesn’t have every factor I listed, but it’s a very good rule of thumb! How many toilets do you need