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February 25th, 2013
Trash, recycling and compostable material bins sit in front of homes in San Francisco in this file photo. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
In a recent article on USAToday.com by Michelle Lodge, a joint effort between the city of San Francisco and the city’s primary waste management company, Recology, was highlighted. The goal of this joint effort is to make San Francisco a zero-waste city in just seven year’s time. By “zero-waste” this ambitious plan literally is seeking to have 100% of garbage waste diverted to various recycling or composting efforts rather than going to the landfill. Here is a brief excerpt from the article:
If they’re successful, all of San Franciscans’ discarded items will be recycled, reused or composted, and its need for landfills will become obsolete.
As a result, what might look like a stinky pile of trash to the average person is quite another matter to a “garbage man” like Michael J. Sangiacomo, president and CEO of Recology, an employee-owned and operated company that has held a solid-waste-management contract with San Francisco for many years. Read more @ USATODAY.com
For larger items such as old appliances or out-dated electronics (that may contain hazardous materials), it can be especially complicated for consumers to assess where to dump those types of items. In these cases, we at Fast Haul like to present ourselves as a convenient, and a green solution, that is aligned with the goals of programs such as the one described by this USA Today article. As a true green business, Fast Haul offers a 10% recycle discount for loads containing 25% minimum of recyclable materials such as metal, paper, cardboard, green waste, etc. You can read more about this on our Green Hauling page.
October 11th, 2012
What’s better than finding a parking spot? How about finding a place to sit, have a cup of coffee, read the paper, and meet your neighbors? With San Francisco’s highly-praised parklet program, this is exactly what you can do.
The two-year old program called Pavement to Parks allows San Francisco businesses and residents to propose parklet designs to the city. And the city has found a clever way to reduce bureaucracy, red tape, and excessive time from proposal to parklet: they let citizens build the parklets themselves.
Building a parklet can be expensive. Costs, including permits and construction, can run up to $20,000. There’s an additional rental fee of $200 that is paid to the city. Businesses sometimes go to Kickstarter, or other creative funding sources to create a park.
Some parklets are seating areas for cafes, others are small displays of art. But all parklets are public spaces and work to encourage foot traffic and neighborhood participation. They also encourage people to slow down and support local businesses.
KTVU ran a story recently expressing some backlash at the parklet system. The disappointed people that they interviewed were those who claimed there was already too little parking in the city. At the last count, there were 441,541 parking spaces in San Francisco. Currently there are proposals for 70 parklets. That’s hardly a number that ought to concern drivers. Also consider that the folks that they interviewed were coming in from San Jose and Walnut Creek. There is a CalTrain station in San Jose and a BART station in Walnut Creek–perhaps they should consider public transportation.
The parklet system is about more than reducing places to park and replacing them with places to sit. It’s about changing the way we think about our city–not as places to drive through, but places to live in. Foot traffic is healthier, more sustainable, and better for local business. Have a seat!
September 12th, 2012
When a story comes to light that involves hauling, disposal, and dangerous radiation levels, it will always be of interest to us. And when it’s something that happens so local to San Francisco, you’ve really got our attention.
San Francisco’s plan to build high-rise house for 20,000 people on Treasure Island has just become a lot more interesting. According to NBC, a recent US Navy report discloses the presence of radiation on the island that had been previously undiscovered. Immediately, the state pressed the Navy (who currently owns much of Treasure Island) to reveal the source of the radiation.
So here’s the fascinating part: the Navy had used Treasure Island to repair, tear down, recycle and incinerate material from ships that had been exposed to 1940s era atomic testing. Navy contractors have dug up 16,000 cubic yards of construction debris with dangerously high radiation levels. Removal is underway, and 1,000 truckloads of radioactive material have already left the island.
The Navy had, until recently, been tight-lipped about their use of Treasure Island years ago. The information certainly might have affected residents’ decisions to live near the waste and dismantling sites. However, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee claims that these new discoveries will not delay construction plans on the island. The city still plans to purchase the land from the Navy and build the $1.5 billion development.
The Navy claims that radiation levels have been overstated and that they remain committed to the safety of Treasure Island. Although residents are understandably affected by the idea that their island was once used to house and wash radiation-soaked vessels.
Safe and responsible construction debris removal is always a tricky topic. We hope that the city and the Navy respond carefully and responsibly to the situation.
August 29th, 2012
Big trucks are quite useful here in the junk hauling business. Since those global warming numbers sure aren’t getting any better, we’re working to replace our fleet with biodiesel trucks. And when we’re not out working, we prefer to spend as much time off the road as possible. Luckily, cities like San Francisco are finding ways to limit the amount of time we spend in cars. The most effective way to do that? Sharing.
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August 20th, 2012
After a while, San Francisco residents get used to certain sounds. On Tuesdays, the emergency broadcast system issues a robotic test message. Sometimes the Caltrain’s horn can be heard echoing between buildings. And cans can always be heard as they’re collected and crushed in front of homes and apartments.
There is an underground economy of can collection in San Francisco. Residents sunning in the parks can be assured that their cans will be collected soon, and it won’t be by city workers. And those who collect cans know the days that each street will be putting their blue bins out for collection the next day.
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