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Why it Matters Where Your Old Junk is Hauled To

September 13th, 2016

Image courtesy of the Dept. of Environmental Protection – Montgomery County, MD

When individuals and businesses require earth-friendly trash hauling  services, they can rely on Fast Haul to handle their unwanted items responsibly. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1993, we have a long history of working with local communities to help keep the planet safe and healthy — unlike many of our “fly-by-night” competitors.

Proceed With Caution

Many lesser-known haulers that show up in store parking lots or advertise on sites like Craigslist are  just random individuals using their trucks to score a few bucks. They  typically don’t possess business credentials and lack training in junk removal hauling. As a result, they often entice unsuspecting customers with unusually low prices and lofty promises. However, as is often the case, you get what you pay for.

The Real Cost of Unethical Haulers

When businesses and residents hire haulers they do not know or recognize, they put themselves and the environment at risk. Unfortunately, unlicensed haulers often illegally dump trash and hazardous waste materials — including batteries, computers, oil, paint and other toxic waste — into waterways, vacant lots, public or private streets, and even parks. They do so to save time and money. What’s more, they do not care about acting ethically, abiding laws and regulations, or respecting their customers and the community.

According to a recent KTVU news report, the issue of illegal and unsightly dumping in The City of Oakland is continuous and seriously on the rise. Residents believe the source of the dumping may be from people outside the area who do not want to pay for waste disposal. If so, it’s very possible that unscrupulous haulers are among the culprits that are negatively impacting the health and well being of the area. This troublesome situation is probably effecting other cities as well.

Make a Difference by Choosing Wisely

Businesses and individuals have the means to combat this growing problem. They simply must select a reputable and environmentally-responsible hauling company such as Fast Haul for their waste removal needs.

Fast Haul cares deeply about the welfare of our customers and the world at large. We do everything we can to protect our customers and the environment.

To improve efficiency and reduce costs, we recycle or donate materials whenever possible. Additionally, we make sure to pass along the savings to our customers with our green promise. To keep unnecessary waste out of landfills, we routinely donate to charitable organizations. We also properly recycle metal, paper, trash, and electronic waste. We also understand and follow guidelines of landfills, donation drop-off points, and recycling centers throughout the Bay Area.

Fast Haul is an established, professional junk hauling company with a focus on keeping customers and the environment happy. When customers contact us, they know we will do our best to handle each job efficiently and safely. Our customers know how much we care about them, and we know they’re worth it.

 

Junk Hauling & Trash Removal: the human factor

April 17th, 2012

Most people think our job as junk haulers is pretty simple and straightforward: they call us, we bring a truck, load it up with their junk and trash and then we’re on our way. While this is certainly not rocket science, there are actually a few more things we have to pay attention to each time, as each job may present its own set of challenges.

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How to select a responsible Junk Removal business

February 16th, 2012

When looking to hire a junk hauling company, why does it matter how they will take care of my trash and junk? Well, allow us to explain!
Like with any other company you chose to do work at your home or business, there are several important factors to consider when hiring a junk removal company. You want to select a company that is licensed, pays taxes, offers workers benefits, and gives back to the community. The junk removal business is one of the easiest businesses to get a start in, all you need is a few hundred dollars to purchase a used pickup truck and $20 for a can of paint to put your name and contact information on the side of the truck. For this reason, there are many different kinds of irresponsible individuals who get in this very rigorous business, and you want to make sure you are able to recognize the true professionals.

Illegal, non-licensed drive by and “Home Depot” type haulers are very likely to dump your trash on the street! That’s why they can work at such a cheap rate. Also, these people have no traceable address and it’s extremely difficult to hold them responsible for illegal dumping, which is a serious problem in our cities. It costs taxpayers millions of dollars to deal with the ongoing problem. Often times the police will sift the illegally dumped trash for an address and come back to present the proprietor with a large bill for the cleanup. These illegal haulers will not refuse to haul hazardous paints and chemicals, which may be dumped on the street or in a landfill; such a problem is commons in area like Richmond, CA which is close to the Bay of San Francisco. The paints and chemicals find their way into the Bay waters, becoming a dangerous threat to marine life and the entire Bay Area environment.
Demand to see companies’ license and insurance; also ask for references whenever possible. Pick a company with prominent advertising and a traceable address. Also it is always preferable to pick a locally owned and operated company. For example, it would be much easier for the inhabitants of Richmond or the San Francisco Bay Area to check the credentials and deal with a San Francisco junk removal company.

It's usually easy to tell the good ones by the look of the trucks too!

Also, there are many new junk franchise type operations that pay $30,000-$50,000 for a new franchise and have to get this initial franchise costs paid for ASAP. Locally owned & operated companies can always give you a better price.
Ask for an up front quote for the work. Don’t do business with a company that adds on weight or labor charges after the job is completed. Lastly, don’t do business with a company who places illegal ad signs on chain link fences and telephone poles. These are usually franchise operations that do not care about the blight they cause in our neighborhoods. The removal costs of these illegal signs are put on us, the taxpayers.

Old-time junk hauling business owners & the Internet

February 3rd, 2012

Like all “older” business owners, especially in the tech-savvy San Francisco Bay Area, I had to adapt to the ever growing influence of the Internet.
I’ve been running Fast Haul, my trash removal and junk hauling business for 20 years and in the past, all you had to do was making sure you were in the Yellow pages and maybe a couple of other local business publications, then drop a few print ads (or flyers as they are called these days) in mailboxes and on windshields. You were pretty much fine with only that.
Since then, things have radically changed, and especially here in the San Francisco Bay Area as I mentioned; I am now getting over 90% of my business through my website and online ads. I am definitely not a computer person, but if I wanted my business to survive, I had to adapt: get a website and a solid online advertising strategy. It has been a learning curve, and I thought the latest issue I had would serve as a cautionary tale for other small business owners trying to make an honest living out of their website.

After several bad experiences (which will probably be the topic of a future Eco blog post), I hired dots Web Marketing in 2009 for a complete re-design of my site and implementation of an online marketing campaign. Because the re-design process was done step by step, with a lot of back and forth and several iterations of the design I know for a fact that it is a 100% original design.
Here is what it looks like:

Fast Haul original design

I really like this design and at the time I’m writing this entry, we are still using it; so it’s not a surprise that others like it too. What came as a surprise though is when a few months ago a friend forwarded me the url of another junk hauling website, which at the time looked like this:

Stolen Fast Haul design

Even though these guys are in completely different part of the country and not at all competitors of mine, I still felt robbed and was immediately very upset and very angry. I started researching right away what legal action I could take. While investigating though, I found out that the best course of action before involving lawyers is to simply get in touch with the site’s owner and basically send them a Cease and desist notification. If they ignore this, then that’s when you should get an attorney; there are actually several laws protecting you from this and the offender might end up giving you a lot of money for using your intellectual property.
In this case though, the email notification was enough and helped clear the situation: the owner of the other company didn’t even know that’s what happened. It was now his turn to be upset at the so-called web designer who charged him a lot of money to create an original website design but basically stole someone else’s work instead!
He temporarily reverted back to his old website and has had a brand new one designed since then.

This experience probably taught him a lesson I’ve learned a while ago and he will hopefully be more cautious of who he’s hiring in the future for his online needs. My past misfortune in this field also makes for a good story, but as I said above, it will be the topic of another post!

Fast Haul’s recycling numbers for 2011

January 23rd, 2012

We have now compiled our 2011 numbers around recycling efforts and I am happy to report that we beat our estimated goals!
Here is a breakdown of the total amount of recycled materials, which does not include donations to GoodWill, the Salvation Army and other Charities for re-use:

  • Cardboard/Paper: ~300,000lbs (150 tons)
  • Iron/metal: ~150,000lbs (75 tons)
  • Green waste: ~100,000lbs (50 tons)
  • Electronic waste (or e-waste): 1560 pieces
  • Concrete: ~3,000,000lbs (1,500 tons)

All these recycled materials came from a combination of residential and commercial trash hauling and junk removal jobs. The concrete also came from commercial and residential jobs; some of those jobs include breaking up driveways, patios, etc. and hauling away the debris and some jobs only consist of hauling away the debris created by other demolition companies.
As we explain on our Green Hauling page (among other things) we always work toward passing on the recycling savings to our customers.

Here are a few facts and numbers about recycling practices:

  • Producing 1 ton of steel from raw iron ore produces around 538 pounds of solid wastes and 42 pounds of air pollutants. By comparison, recycling steel reduces air pollution by about 86% and reduces water pollution by around 76%.
  • It takes approximately 17 mature trees to produce 1 ton of paper fiber. Producing paper from recycled fiber requires 40% less energy than is required to produce paper from tree pulp.
  • Burning I ton of paper generates about 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide gas and 60 pounds of other air pollutants.
  • Recycling protects and expands US manufacturing jobs and increases US competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for incineration and use of landfills.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.

(Sources: epa.gov, Wikipedia, crra.com)

 
 
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