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May 21st, 2013
The striking sanitation and junk removal workers have found more support on the West Coast, as fellow teamsters upheld the picket line at various Republic Service hauling yards in the Bay Area. The workers are exercising their legal right to in refusing to cross the line due to a string of unfair labor practices.
The strike, which was started in the Memphis area, has now extended the picket line to Republic junk hauling yards and recycling facilities in Fremont, San Jose, and Richmond. The union members feel slighted by several violations of federal labor laws perpetrated by Republic, including the cutting of paychecks, slashing overtime pay, and unfair surcharges in insurance coverage.
This is not uncharted territory for Republic. Over the past year, the company has forced several major lockouts and strikes, disrupting junk removal and trash hauling for hundreds of thousands of people. With reported profits of $572 million dollars in 2012, Union representatives feel they are owed fair compensation for their efforts.
Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer, said, “Sanitation work is the fourth most dangerous job in the country. These workers are two times more likely to be killed on the job than police officers, and seven times more likely to be killed on the job than firefighters. But Republic is locking workers out of their jobs without pay, cheating them in their paychecks and demanding contract concessions even though the company makes hundreds of millions in profits each year.”
Republic has facilities in Daly City, Pleasanton, and Pacheco as well, but there is no word on whether or not the picket line will spread to them. If it does, trash pick-up in other Bay Area cites like Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, Oakland, Milpitas, and Sunnyvale will be impacted as well.
If these strikes have effected trash hauling services in your area, don’t hesitate to call Fast Haul. We will make sure your haul is disposed of in a quick and environmentally friendly manner.
May 21st, 2013
In the city of Petaluma, most residents are unaware of where their trash goes to. According to Rob Repetto, route manager at Petaluma Refuse and Recycling, details the process of how trash is picked up to where it is disposed or recycled.
Petaluma produces approximately 50,000 tons of trash and recyclables each year. Petaluma trash goes through a simple recycling process in which it is hauled away to decompose at the local Redwood landfill. Petaluma recyclables however, takes a longer process. The recyclables are first stored at a warehouse located on Petaluma Boulevard South to be eventually hauled and shipped to Santa Rosa sorting facility. After the recyclables are sorted into glass, plastic, metal and paper categories they are then sold to companies in the U.S. and from around the world. Petaluma also accrues organic waste in which Petaluma Refuse and Recycling will collect and haul away to the Central Sonoma County Landfill.
Repetto say their slip-body trucks, which allows them to carry garbage and recyclables in separate compartments, have made collecting and hauling trash more efficient and faster as about one truck can cover over 800 residence a day.
Fast Haul also provides fast and professional junk removal and hauling in the city of Petaluma. As well, Fast Haul dispose, sort and recycle their trash collections in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly manner. Our staff members will happily inform customers on where their trash to heading and how it will be properly disposed.
April 12th, 2013
Earth Day is coming up in just ten days on Monday, April 22nd, 2013. 2013 will mark the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a global effort through which individuals and communities from around the world come together to help find solutions for man-made issues such as climate change. As a “green” junk hauling company that makes every effort to recycle as high a percentage as possible of the trash and unwanted items we pick-up, we decided that it would be a fun exercise to create an infographic in honor of Earth Day 2013.
In the following infographic, we’ve highlighted 8 different examples of ways that “trash” can be turned into “treasure” by exercising just a bit of creativity. For example, you can turn a few dozen old chopsticks into a very cool and modern looking fruit basket. Old bicycle chains can transform into an ultra-unique bottle opener that any hipster would be clamoring for. Or take the bottom half of an old suitcase and line in with some bedding to allow your canine companion to start snoozing in style!
We hope you enjoy this infographic and come away half as inspired as we did throughout the course of researching and designing it. If you’d like to add this graphic to y our own website or blog, please use the embed code located below the bottom of the infographic…
March 25th, 2013
Redwood Landfill Aerial
Redwood Landfill, owned by Waste Management of Houston, and a destination point for junk and garbage from Petaluma and Sonoma, is seeking to expand their site by 50%. The state recycling agency, CalRecycle, gave approval to the expansion in 2008, but was halted due to lawsuits filed by an environmentalist group, No Wetlands Landfill Expansion. No Wetlands Landfill Expansion argues that Redwood Landfill is situated on a marsh, home to a number of species, and additional waste would cause sea level to rise putting the surrounding area at risk of flood. A Marin County judge sided with No Wetlands Landfill Expansion, stating Waste Management have failed to “fully analyze the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and health impacts such as acute respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis and asthma.”
“Redwood is owned by Houston-based Waste Management, the largest waste disposal company in the United States. It is also working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.”
Waste Management argues that opponents want to export their waste to another city’s landfill than keep it locally. Waste Management “has also been working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.” The case is now in appellate court and will be addressed next year.
Fast Haul is a proponent of environmental causes while also recognizing the need to find sustainable and responsible solutions for hauling a disposing of unwanted junk and garbage. Fast Haul’s goal with their junk hauling services include minimizing their carbon footprint in Marin, Petaluma, and throughout the Bay Area.
March 21st, 2013
Kayakers enjoying the Petaluma River
Photo Source: David “Thorne” Luckhardt
The city of Petaluma will be holding a “Petaluma River Cleanup” after awareness has spread concerning residents and businesses using the river as a dumping ground for their waste. Steve Jette, a 65-year-old retired Petaluma resident and volunteer at the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, regularly venture out to the Petaluma River and find all sort of hazardous waste including construction debris, fast food trash, old computers, printers, vacuum cleaners, car seats, tires and more. These electronics can discharge chemicals into the stream and large-size trash can block the flow of water increasing the risk of flood during rainy season. Some of the trash found are submerged in the river while others can noticeably be seen from the river bank, defiling the beauty of this community park. Although, there is a rise for environmental conservation, unlawful waste disposal still persist today. On May 4, 2013, a local organization, Friends of the Petaluma River, is arranging a community clean-up to help sort and properly dispose garbage found at the river. Jette also wants residents to look for waste sites near the area and report what they find to him or to the authorities.
Fast Haul advocates for proper waste disposal and keeping the environment clean and green. Therefore, Fast Haul have been providing construction debris removal, debris clean-up, electronic recycling and trash removal services to Bay Area cities including Petaluma in order to make it more convenient and cost-effective for residents to properly dispose their waste and not have to resort to unlawful and harmful practices.
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