Memorial Day for many is the official kick-off to summer, and it is worth noting the history of this and other notable summer dates.
Memorial Day was originally called ‘Decoration Day’, and was a day spent honoring the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after that war ended. Over time, the public holiday was established as a way to unify and to celebrate as a national day of remembrance. The holiday became known as Memorial Day by the late 19th Century, and was named a federal holiday in 1971. Today the holiday honors deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.
Independence Day of the United States (aka the Fourth of July) commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress. More specifically, the thirteen American colonies at that time regarded themselves as a new nation, and no longer part of the British Empire. Of course today we associate the Fourth with fireworks, parades, barbecues, other gatherings and ceremonies. But did you know that Independence Day is known as ‘the National Day of the United States’? No, many of us did not know that either!
Summer time is a great opportunity to speak with your BP account manager and make sure you are tapping into all the services at BP you can. We want to provide services so you can run your business as efficiently as possible while also making sure you save money. So between the national celebrations, before or after your vacations and any well-deserved time relaxing, our team is here to help you find the best business solutions for your company.
It was a great day for Operation Legacy with the Travis Manion Foundation and the BP Business Solutions Team!
In late April, many BP team members and their families participated in a day of community service in honor of a fallen hero. And it truly was an honor for all of us to assist The Travis Manion Foundation and Friends of Ridgway Park to do an extensive cleanup of this lovely park location in Philadelphia – and it was rewarding that our actions help directly benefit the Philly community.
BP team members got their hands dirty! Our team cleared leaves, did extensive weeding, planted flowers and removed trash from all around Ridgway Park.
The end result? The Park looks fantastic!
Earth Day 2019 takes place this month – and the theme for this year is Protect Our Species.
In 2018, the theme was End Plastic Pollution. For 2017, the theme was Environmental and Climate Literacy. In 2016, the theme was Trees for the Earth, with an ambitious goal – to plant 7.8 billion trees across the globe by Earth Day 2020. (That’s one tree for every person on Earth, as of Earth Day 2016!)
But no matter what the years theme, not surprisingly the idea for Earth Day is to use it as a catalyst to highlight, focus and get more people involved and engaged in driving concerned individuals to find creative ways to solve environmental issues.
So what does Earth Day mean to those of us at BP? As mentioned earlier, we do our part as every member of our staff has an eye to the environment.
- Within our
Environmental Group, we help clients remove unwanted trash and debris, and
specialize in the safe disposal of hazardous materials (such as e-waste); this
division also works with clients who need help developing recycling and
- Our Creative
Group has a focus is on commercial cleaning, and here we offer a wide range of
environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions and cleaning methods that help
reduce the use of toxic and harmful chemicals. This also makes the workplace
safer for our clients and their customers.
Earth Day is a global event each year, with an estimate 1 billion+ people in almost 200 countries now taking part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
Above we have listed just some of the many examples of what goes on within BP. Know that BP looks to do all that we can to preserve the Earth’s environment year-round, and not just on Earth Day itself. We hope you join us with a vision to healthier living for all future generations to come.
Together, we all really CAN make a difference.
After a long winter (which only seems to continue), thoughts of spring have entered all of our minds. And naturally, we also think about all the upcoming projects that are indicators of the season – from construction and landscaping to work site equipment and more – the new season is starting to ramp up. And we at BP are more than ready for all that warmer weather has in store for us.
BP offers customized commercial landscaping and lawn care services to fit your needs. You can focus on running your business while you leave it to us to make sure your property looks its best at all times!
From grass cutting and weeding, to edge trimming and tree pruning, and from shrub, flower and tree planting to lawn and bed treatments and spring clean up and mulching, our expert staff can take care of your maintenance and landscaping needs.
And at BP we will continue to update all our our clients, partners, and others on the latest in recycling news. We continue to monitor the situation and add articles of importance and interest to our recycling news section on our website. We invite you to check back to this page frequently – and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions as they arise! We are here to help and decipher what this global news means to your business.
Presidents Day is in February – and we love to put on our patriotic hats and learn more about the history of our country. Did you know, that while our new Commander-in-Chief is the nation’s 45th President, in reality there have only been 44 Presidents? Yes, it’s true!
Presidents Day this year is February 18th – and the history of President’s Day is quite interesting. We recently witnessed the swearing in our 45th Commander-in-Chief – the fun fact we like to share is that here have only been 44rd Presidents. Why? Because Grover Cleveland is counted twice as both our 22nd and 24th President, since he was elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
year, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February, but there
still is some debate as to what exactly this holiday is. Many consider it a day
to recognize all presidents, past and present. Others consider it a celebration
of certain key presidents, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The holiday we now call Presidents Day first came to be as an unofficial holiday. It started on February 22, 1880 – this date was George Washington’s birthday and was just two months after his death. It wasn’t until 1879 when the day became a federal holiday; President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. Six years late it became a “national bank holiday” (according to the History Channel), and was the first bank holiday to celebrate an individual.
However you choose to celebrate Presidents Day, we hope you stop and appreciate all the amazing history of our country. Have a wonderful February!
As December draws to a close, January arrives and 2019 is here for us to embrace, we do hope you have had a very joyous holiday season, with much quality time with friends and loved ones.
The year end is also a time where we all reflect on the past
twelve months and everything we have accomplished. 2018 was another tremendous year! We expanded
many of our lines of business (commercial cleaning and commercial landscaping continue
to grow!), and we added new talented individuals to our team.
Important to all of us, we continue to support many community causes that are important to our employees. These include Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, and the Travis Manion Foundation (in addition to many others!). 2018 was an exciting year with a team of BP participants in the Marine Corps Marathon (in Washington, DC) as well. Congratulations to everyone who participated in that demanding athletic event!
Year end is also a time to plan ahead for January and
beyond, and to all that 2019 has to offer.
It will be an exciting New Year, as there are new initiatives and new
projects in the works. We are looking
forward to sharing them with you in the coming months.
A very Happy New Year from all of us at BP!
The Thanksgiving holiday is always a crowd favorite. Not only does it mark the official start to the holiday season, but it’s a time to celebrate with our loved ones and friends, enjoy great food and take an extra minute to reflect on what we are thankful for.
We have so much for which we are grateful – our health, great employees, outstanding customers and business partners, and continued company growth.
We have now passed our 20th year of business, added fantastic new team members and achieved numerous company goals. Through all of this, we have felt an immense amount of support and could not be more thankful for those who are a champion for BP on a daily basis.
Over the years, the services that BP offers its clients have expanded – and in quite a rapid fashion recently, as well. It wasn’t that long ago that our equipment rental division, BP Works was born to provide our customers with cost efficient and reliable equipment rental solutions nationwide.
Shortly following the birth of BP Works, BP Creative Systems became a reality. Specializing in office supplies, commercial cleaning efforts, landscaping services and more, BP Creative offers everything needed to keep an office running smoothly and efficiently.
We also have some very exciting things in the works for 2019 and look forward to sharing the details with you in the New Year.
From all of us at BP, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday season.
We welcome the fall season at BP Business Solutions – and especially love this time of year where many claim the weather is simply perfect! Schedules hum along as the kids are back in school and our work is in a nice natural rhythm, and the fun and craziness of the holidays is not yet upon us. From a business perspective, all indications are that we will only increase the number of projects on our horizon.
We continue to see demand for our construction site services increase, and with good reason. Anytime you have a project where you would typically call multiple vendors to arrange for delivery of equipment and it becomes overwhelming just thinking about the coordination needed – call BP. We eliminate time, hassle, and excess energy wasted when you need to place multiple phone calls. Our team is here to make business life easier for you – and to save you money.
Our commercial cleaning and landscaping services continue to grow and thrive. We offer many options for businesses of all sizes, and continue to look for ways to help you with various tasks and projects so that you can focus on running your business.
As always, be sure to reach out to us with any questions about the services we provide – our goal is to provide you with a wide array of solutions that make running your own business easier.
As the official start to fall begins with the long holiday weekend at the beginning of September, we first will share a bit of history and back story. Labor Day, a distinctly American holiday with deep roots, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, and truly is an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States of America.
Falling on the first Monday in September, Labor Day first gained governmental recognition through municipal ordinances passed in 1885-6. States then also worked to pass bills to recognize the holiday, and in 1894 Congress passed an act making the first the day official and a legal holiday
Once the Labor Day holiday passes, the fall season is in full swing and we will see more and more of our commercial clients involved in construction projects. Our construction site service offerings provide a full array of services to ensure your work site has everything you need.
Fall is a great time to ensure your landscaping is where you want it to be – this is a growing arm of BP and we have the expertise on staff to transform your location to where you want it to be. And remember our commercial cleaning solutions also help clients ensure the workplace is in top condition for clients and employees alike.
From dumpsters and porta-potties to trailers and fencing, along with any of the heavy equipment that you might need, the BP team can work with you and your team to seamlessly help with the behind the scenes logistics of your job site. Whether you have an expected project time of a day, week, month or even year, BP is here to help.
We get you what you need in an efficient and cost effective way so you and your team can focus on the task at hand.
There are many changes taking place in the recycling industry – both on a domestic front, as well as internationally.
From a global perspective, things started changing once China started restricting imports of certain recycled materials at the start of the year. China is the world’s largest market for recycled waste, and early this year imposed restrictions on items including plastics and unsorted paper.
Because there has been change, we at BP have put together a chart with clear information on what items should always be recycled, and equally (if not more importantly) what items should NOT be included in a recycling container or bin. What you should do with some items might surprise you.
Did you know, for example, that you should NOT include bags or film in your recycling bin? You also should take care to ensure no food items are included in your recycling. However, it is fine to recycle flattened boxes, food cans, and plastic bottles and containers. Click here for the complete list of recycling “dos and don’ts”.
In addition, we want to share some news articles that provide additional insight, so you are “in the know” about all that is taking place within the recycling industry. Keep watching – things will continue to evolve and change! We at BP will keep all our clients apprised of what is happening.
Why recycling is now a money loser, not a moneymaker for Philly (The Inquirer, July 23, 2018)
Middle Smithfield to close recycling center (Pocono Record, July 10, 2018)