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Around the Bay Area in Waste Management News – January 2018

January 26th, 2018

As a hub for progressive environmental ideologies, you can always count on waste management to be making headlines in Northern California. As we kick off the New Year, we look around the Bay Area to see what is being done to address issues and improve recycling and waste management in the month of January:

Cupertino to Adopt a “Zero Waste” Policy

In an effort to do away with the need for a landfill or waste incinerator, the city of Cupertino has adopted a “zero waste” policy to be implemented immediately. The overall goal of the policy, comprised of 16 separate waste elimination priorities, is to dispose of 80 percent of the cities waste through alternative means such as composting, recycling or reuse by the year 2025.

While officials are skeptical that the city could ever truly achieve zero waste, they feel that the increased effort could get them quite close to the goal (As it stands now, 65 percent of residential waste and 75 percent of commercial waste is diverted away from landfills in Cupertino). Beyond reducing the level of trash produced, officials are hoping that improved waste diversion efforts will help prevent pollution and help conserve resources.

Salesforce to Implement Aggressive Water Recycling Plan

The Salesforce Tower, the latest and greatest addition to the San Francisco skyline, has revealed plans to include a membrane bioreactor in the basement that will have the ability to recycle the entire buildings wastewater. The bioreactor will be able to process water from all 61 floors of the building (as well as rainwater runoff) and treat it for reuse. When it becomes fully operational, it will be the biggest water recycling system for a commercial building in the entire US.

Working as a dual filtration and treatment system, The bioreactor will also be able to take some of the pressure off of San Francisco’s sewage system by diverting water during storms. While Salesforce is only leasing 36 of the 61 floors in the building, they company has agreed to foot the entire bill for the bioreactor.

Milpitas Residents Upset After New Garbage Hauling Contract

In December, the city of Milpitas chose to sign a waste collection contract with Milpitas Sanitation Inc., moving away from long time partner Republic Services. Although the decision to end the 30-year relationship with Republic was made to save money and reduce contributions to the nearby Newby Island Landfill, residents are seeing little benefit so far.

A recent City Council meeting saw several people lodge complaints on a litany of issues with the new trash service, namely the sizes of the new waste bins. Residents feel that the new divided bins, featuring a 67-gallon landfill section and 29-gallon compost section, are not a generous as the previous and feature a much smaller garbage allotment. Other complaints include extra trash bags being ignored or strewn across the street, garbage not being picked up at all, and issues regarding billing. Council members present to hear the complaints say they are actively working with Milpitas Sanitation in order to work though these concerns.

California’s Relentless 2016-17 Rain Season [Infographic]

February 24th, 2017

As a follow to our last post about the most recent set of storms to again pound the Bay Area, we’ve created the following infographic demonstrating the massive impact the last several months of record-setting rainfall have had.  In addition to filling reservoirs and adding to a healthy snowpack, all this rain has caused significant damage to private property and public infrastructure throughout the state.

If your home or business has suffered from flood damage or other rain-related issues that require the disposal or large, bulky, or hazardous materials, contact Fast Haul today! We serve clients throughout San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and parts of Marin County.

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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.


Bay Area Garbage & Waste News Round Up – July of 2016

July 1st, 2016

As we reach the halfway point of the 2016 calendar year, garbage and waste has been in the forefront across the Bay Area. Today we are going to take a look a several stories and how they stand to impact their respective communities.

San Francisco – Ocean Beach

Residents in the Outer Sunset/Richmond Districts are expressing their frustration with an initiative by the National Parks Service aiming to decrease the amount of litter at Ocean Beach. The seemingly disadvantageous plan, which was set into place in early November of 2015, involved removing 9 out of 19 trash bins along the beach in hopes that visitors would be more apt to take their trash away from the beach and dispose of it at home or elsewhere. The Parks Service cites successes at both Baker Beach and Marin County’s Stinson Beach as reasons for bringing the plan to one of the cities most popular destinations.

Although the Park Service is reporting that maintenance crews are seeing less trash, locals beg to differ. Ocean Beach residents are noticing trash continue to pile up around the trash bins that are left, indicating that visitors are not getting the message to take responsibility for their own waste. Regardless of the complaints, the Park Service plans of sticking with the plan at least until the end of the summer season, but are open to bringing the trash bins back should maintenance crews confirm the sentiments of locals.

San Francisco – Mission District

Last weekends Dyke March, and long running festival celebrating the cities’ LGBTQ community, drew criticism from Rec & Park workers once the attendees dispersed and left them to pick up an excessive amount of trash blanketing Dolores Park. This year’s event adds more fuel to the already contentious relationship between those in charge of maintaining the newly renovated park and visitors.

In all, 25 workers worked long hours starting late Saturday evening to deal the trash, continuing to work through the weekend. One worker, expressing his frustration in a Facebook post, noted that it took 13 Rec & Park employees a total of 86.5 hours to clean up the trash left behind by festival goers. While Rec & Park representatives have pointed at progress since the $20.5 million dollar renovation, which added more bathrooms, increased recycling capacity, and funded a Leave No Trace-style “Love Dolores” campaign, some are quick to point out last weekends gathering that the initiatives are not doing enough to deal with the problem.

Santa Clara County – Milpitas

A waste collection war rages on in Milpitas, specifically over where trash from the city gets dumped. City council recently voted to have waste transported to a south San Jose landfill, opting to not use the nearby Newby dump. Complicating the issue is Republic Services, the cities’ longtime waste collection company nearing the end if their 30-year contract with the city (the city is currently reviewing bids from 4 waste collection companies, including Republic Services). The company’s legal team succeeded in collecting enough signatures to add a referendum to the Nov. 8th ballot, thus giving Milpitas residents the ability to decide where their trash gets sent. Given the Republic Services operates the Newby dump, it is in their best interest to fight the decision.

The council’s decision is influenced by complaints from Milpitas residents of the odors emanating from the Newby dump, hoping that moving the waste to San Jose will help. Unfortunately for Milpitas, it looks as if San Jose residents are not going to take the waste diversion towards their city lying down. Over 6,000 signatures have been collected urging the city of San Jose to take action, expressing worry over how the estimated extra 22 to 37 truckloads of trash will effect traffic congestion, property value, and overall quality of life.

Amid legal strife, Oakland will return garbage contract to Waste Management

September 29th, 2014

84905_1280x720In a surprising turn of events, The City of Oakland has decided to bow out of the legal battle brought on by Waste Management and give back the contract that will keep the company in control of a majority of the waste collection services.

While the council’s unanimous vote allows California Waste Solutions (CWS) to still be in charge for collecting recyclables, garbage and compost collection duties will be the responsibility of Waste Management. This means that the hundred plus year relationship between Waste management and Oakland will continue.

Some city officials are meeting the decision with a sigh of relief. Under the previous contract, CWS would have had to drastically expand their operations in the city in a very short amount of time. This would include building new facilitates, acquiring 150 new trucks, and 300,000 new trash bins. Some officials whose advice fell on deaf ears suggested that the small East Bay company could not meet the lofty challenge.

On the other hand, a faction of officials who help get the contract in the hands of CWS in the first place are less than enthused. Councilwoman Desley Brooks offered her take on the situation, saying, “We have set a precedent here tonight that when people don’t get their way and they have enough money, they just do whatever they want to, say whatever they want to and there are no ramifications for what they do”.

As part of the new deal, Waste Management has agreed to drop the lawsuit, end the petition drive they started, and reimburse the city around $800,000 to cover their Oakland’s court costs.


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