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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.


By: Ethan Malone

Illegal Dump Sites In Oakland

July 6th, 2013

dumping_Illegal dumping is a major problem in Oakland, according to 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.


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
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

Teamsters Strike at Republic Services Continues to Pick Up Steam

May 21st, 2013

TTeamster strike could affte junk hauling in Oakland and around Bay Areahe 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.


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