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A Zero-Waste City: SF’s Ambitious Goal

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.

Possible Settlement Against San Jose’s Waste Hauling Landfill Expansion

January 24th, 2013

Santa Clara Newby Island LandfillThe San Jose Planning Commission was given permission on Aug. 14, 2012 to expand Republic Services of Santa Clara County’s Newby Island Landfill facility after it had given their final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and uphold the California Environmental Quality Act conformance. The dump expansion will allow Republic Services to increase the elevation from 150 ft. high to 245 ft. high as well as expand the width to about 15.12 million cubic yards. The plan will also allow Republic Services to relocate various garbage related activities including where and how it could haul, store, process and compost odor-causing food waste and other organic materials.

The city of Milpitas argued that San Jose City Council gave little attention to the immense odor emanating from the landfill, nor to the impact on waste hauling, composting and recycling operations at Newby Island if the planned changes were put into action. Additionally, the EIR falsely claimed that odors currently emanating from the dump were inconsequential and that the odor impact from the huge expansion would go unnoticed by the local community.

On Sept. 27, 2012, the city of Milpitas filed suit against San Jose City Council but are currently pursuing a possible settlement to remediate the odor issues. If no settlement is reached, Milpitas will continue with its litigation.

Fast Haul is concerned about the impact of environmental changes and health due to unethical waste hauling and disposing. Fast Haul ensures that their business practices are always in line with state environmental laws.

The Hidden Costs of Bottled Water

January 22nd, 2013

We were recently approached about featuring a video about the hidden costs of bottled water.  As a trash hauling and junk removal company in the San Francisco Bay Area, we see more thank our fair share of empty plastic bottles on every trip we make to the recycling center and unfortunately, we see discarded plastic bottles even more often at the landfill.  The following video makes some striking observations and “grades” bottled water very low for their lack of eco-friendliness. We hope you think twice next time before you opt for bottled water over tap water:

 Environmental: F

Locally: (F) Americans toss 35 billion plastic bottles a year. That’s 111 bottles per person. Each bottle requires about ¼ of its capacity in crude oil to be produced and distributed. Recycling just one bottle would save the same amount of energy required to power a 60 watt bulb for 6 hours. Unfortunately, only 20% of water bottles are recycled each year.

Globally: (F) Plastic is not very biodegradable, therefore every bottle that winds up in a landfill will last for hundreds of years. 22 billion plastic water bottles are tossed in landfills each year. Manufacturing sucks up 1.5 million barrels of oil per year – enough to power 100,000 cars.

Cupertino Considering Ordinance To Ban Plastic Bags

January 20th, 2013

plastic bag punA hearing took place on January 15th to consider whether Cupertino will join 25 other California cities in prohibiting the distribution of free single-use plastic carryout bags. The meeting will debate the environmental effects of plastic bags and whether a 10 cents charged should be required for paper bags offered by retailers.

Many California cities support the ban due to the negative impact plastic bags have on the environment such as the polluting of water channels and killing of marine animals. As well, the high economic cost cities must spend to haul and cleanup discarded plastic waste from sewers and oceans could have been put for better use such as funding better infrastructure and encourage entrepreneurial efforts to come up with alternatives to plastic. Cupertino is looking to improve their green trash hauling and recycling efforts, and the city is open to the ban of plastic bag to cut down on trash removal needs.

Whatever Cupertino decision comes to, Fast Haul supports environmentally friendly initiatives and healthy debates about these topic.

Waste Hauling And Recycling Fee Increases In El Cerrito

January 16th, 2013

el cerrito junk hauling fees to riseBeginning of 2013, residents in El Cerrito will see a 5%-10% increase in trash and green waste hauling rates and recycling fees, following City Council approval of a new contract with East Bay Sanitary.

Residents with 20 gallon trash cans will pay a monthly recycling fee of $13.64 to $16.13, residents using 35 gallon trash receptacles will pay between $21.61 to $23.08 per month and about $41.58 to $45.66 per month for residents with 64 gallon trash cans.

El Cerrito’s environmental analyst, Garth Schultz, says the agreement took place in order to make up for the loss of revenue East Bay Sanitary was incurring due to recent trends of residents switching from 35 gallon to 20 gallon receptacles. Schultz says, the impact of people using the smaller waste receptacles is severe, as it costs the same to haul trash and dump them and East Bay Sanitary receives less for doing it.

Read more on this subject here: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22224437/el-cerrito-approves-garbage-recycling-fee-hike

Fast Haul is an advocate of responsible recycling and trash hauling and emphasize the benefits of keeping the planet green and clean outweighs the cost and time in doing it.

 
 
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