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San Carlos Joins List of Cities to Ban Plastic Bags

July 31st, 2013

r215609_837743Joining 14 other SF Peninsula cities, San Carlos has officially recognized and implemented the county ordinance banning retailers from distributing plastic bags. The ordinance permits retailers to distribute paper bags at a cost of 10 cents per bag, given that the bags are made of at least 40 percent post-consumer content. It is the latest step towards Bay Area-wide acceptance of green recycling procedures.

San Carlos was hesitant to join other cities that immediately enacted the legislation citing concerns from local businesses. According to Assistant City Manager Brian Moura, “We moved the start date after a survey with the retailers in the city; a number of them indicated they wished to use up their remaining stock of plastic bags.” Some businesses who voted against the measure did so because of the inability to liquidate their supply of plastic bags.

Plastic bags cause major headaches for all involved in waste management. Although they are made from recyclable materials they are often mixed in with other materials like paper, requiring extra sorting. “Plastic bags create challenges wherever they show up,” said Robert Reed of Recology, the company that handles trash and recycling in the area.

While paper bags provide a greener alternative to plastic, Reed suggests shoppers become accustom to using canvas bags to further reduce excess junk buildup in their cities. Canvas bags provide a reuse factor that both paper and plastic cannot give.

As supporters of green-hauling techniques, Fast Haul supports the city of San Carlos in their decision and hopes other cities still on the fence consider the benefits.

Source: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-carlos-the-latest-city-to-ban-plastic-bags/Content?oid=2498570

By: Ethan Malone

 

Berkeley Schools Recycling & Composting Initiative

July 17th, 2013

IFGreen School Initiative, a local non-profit in Berkeley, has taken on the commitment to foster recycling and composting in public schools from elementary to high schools. With in-house recycling and composting, Green School Initiative believe school districts can save up to $50,000 a year in trash hauling services as well as reduce overall landfills and greenhouse gases.

In addition, Green School Initiative will be partnering with the Berkeley School Boards and the Alameda County Waste Management to receive educational programs for students in response to the district’s pledge to recycle and compost 90% of their waste by 2020. Berkeley schools were diverting their waste at just about 36% while neighboring cities’ school districts such as Alameda diverted at about 64% of their trash, Albany at about 57% and Oakland at about 50%.

Green School Initiative plan to improve composting and recycling efforts with signs, education and monitoring as well as get students more involve in the program. Thus far, classes have implemented paper recycling in their classrooms and started a composting station in the lunchroom. Looking ahead, Green School Initiative hopes to expand their cause to others school districts in California.

As a provider of affordable green hauling, Fast Haul support Green School Initiative and any programs that help the environment by way of proper recycling and composting.

Source: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/06/17/berkeley-school-recycling-gets-back-on-track/

By: Ethan Malone

Illegal Dump Sites In Oakland

July 6th, 2013

dumping_Illegal dumping is a major problem in Oakland, according to KTVU.com. Piles of garbage, couches and mattresses can be seen on the streets in most of the city’s low income communities. Oakland residents are worried that these illegal dump sites will be an open invitation for more crimes and want Waste Management to help provide trash hauling services to clean up their neighborhoods. With a high jobless rate in Oakland, money is scarce and many residents can’t afford to hire garbage haulers to properly dispose their trash, often resulting them to participate in illegal practices such a dumping their waste in public streets.

Oakland residents demand Waste Management to fork up their own cash to clean up the city’s illegal dump sites as well as offer free monthly drop off at the dump. Waste Management has already offered free junk pick up once a year and responded to their complaints is being misdirected. The responsibility, they say,  goes towards the city’s residents to not commit illegal dumping as well as their elected officials to enforce the laws. Although, Waste Management is not responsible for the illegal dumping, they are willing to work with the Oakland as a partner to address the problem.

Fast Haul abide by the laws and discourage illegal and harmful dumping. Fast Haul offer an alternative solution to Waste Management as they provide junk removal and junk pickup services at a reasonable rate for all Bay Area locations including Oakland.

Source: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/oakland-residents-look-waste-management-clean-ille/nX3Zm/

By: Ethan Malone

Clean-up Projects Tackle Litter Along Bay Area Highways

June 24th, 2013

freeway junk removal in Bay AreaLast week, as part of the 10th annual Litter Cleanup and Enforcement Day, Caltrans and California Highway Patrol crews took part in a trash removal project aimed at some of the Bay Area’s most littered highways. About 40 crew members worked at 4 different locations during the one-day event to show local residents, as Caltrans spokesperson Adam Priest said, “(trash buildup on highways) is an issue we need to bring attention to.”
The first cleanup site was highway 101 in San Jose, one of the longest and most trafficked roadways in California. Dozens of bags of litter, spare tires, and other various items between highway 280 and highway 237 were hauled away. The second site took place farther north on the highway, with crews cleaning up between the Sierra Point Parkway exit in Brisbane and the Candlestick Park exit in San Francisco.
In the East Bay, Doolittle Drive in Oakland was targeted. Crews focused on the areas between Island Drive in Alameda and Hegenberger Road, an area known for having a significant amount of litter. The junk hauling crews tackled the area before moving on the fourth and final location in Marin County. Highway 101 was once again visited, between Tiburon Boulevard and Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera and over the Alto Hill.
At the end of the day, hundreds of bags of litter were hauled off, making the day a success for Caltrans. In addition to major cleanup days like these, smaller cleanups happen quarterly as well. For more information about the program, visit www.dot.ca.gov.
Source: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9136940
By: Ethan Malone

The Plastic Water Bottle Effect [Infographic]

May 28th, 2013

As a GREEN junk hauling company, we make every effort to recycle as high of a percentage of the junk, dirt, concrete, and electronics that we pick up as possible. Additionally, we try to provide regular updates to our readers and customers about issues affecting the hauling industry and the local environment through this blog.  One hot button issue we read a lot about these days is the effect of plastic water bottles on the environment.  The bottled water industry has grown exponentially in the last few decades, as companies are cashing in on the desire of consumers to be healthy by drinking water, and the general distrust of tap water in many areas.  The downside of bottled water is that it creates a huge amount of waste in our landfills and our environment.

We recently received an email from a Mike Thomas inviting us to share this infographic on the very subject of Bottled Water and the Environment. We hope you enjoy and find it interesting:

Copyright 2013: Waterfiller

 
 
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