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Petaluma’s Garbage Hauling Cycle

May 21st, 2013

seal of the city of petalumaIn the city of Petaluma, most residents are unaware of where their trash goes to. According to Rob Repetto, route manager at Petaluma Refuse and Recycling, details the process of how trash is picked up to where it is disposed or recycled.

Petaluma produces approximately 50,000 tons of trash and recyclables each year. Petaluma trash goes through a simple recycling process in which it is hauled away to decompose at the local Redwood landfill. Petaluma recyclables however, takes a longer process. The recyclables are first stored at a warehouse located on Petaluma Boulevard South to be eventually hauled and shipped to Santa Rosa sorting facility. After the recyclables are sorted into glass, plastic, metal and paper categories they are then sold to companies in the U.S. and from around the world. Petaluma also accrues organic waste in which Petaluma Refuse and Recycling will collect and haul away to the Central Sonoma County Landfill.

Repetto say their slip-body trucks, which allows them to carry garbage and recyclables in separate compartments, have made collecting and hauling trash more efficient and faster as about one truck can cover over 800 residence a day.

Fast Haul also provides fast and professional junk removal and hauling in the city of Petaluma. As well, Fast Haul dispose, sort and recycle their trash collections in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly manner. Our staff members will happily inform customers on where their trash to heading and how it will be properly disposed.

Source: http://www.petaluma360.com/article/20130507/COMMUNITY/130509856/1362/community?Title=Do-you-know-where-Petaluma-s-garbage-goes-

Turning Trash into Treasure [Infographic]

April 12th, 2013

Earth Day is coming up in just ten days on Monday, April 22nd, 2013.  2013 will mark the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a global effort through which individuals and communities from around the world come together to help find solutions for man-made issues such as climate change.  As a “green” junk hauling company that makes every effort to recycle as high a percentage as possible of the trash and unwanted items we pick-up, we decided that it would be a fun exercise to create an infographic in honor of Earth Day 2013.

In the following infographic, we’ve highlighted 8 different examples of ways that “trash” can be turned into “treasure” by exercising just a bit of creativity.  For example, you can turn a few dozen old chopsticks into a very cool and modern looking fruit basket. Old bicycle chains can transform into an ultra-unique bottle opener that any hipster would be clamoring for.  Or take the bottom half of an old suitcase and line in with some bedding to allow your canine companion to start snoozing in style!

We hope you enjoy this infographic and come away half as inspired as we did throughout the course of researching and designing it. If you’d like to add this graphic to y our own website or blog, please use the embed code located below the bottom of the infographic…

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Environmentalists Seek to Block Landfill Expansion in Petaluma

March 25th, 2013
Redwood Landfill Aerial

Redwood Landfill Aerial

Redwood Landfill, owned by Waste Management of Houston, and a destination point for junk and garbage from Petaluma and Sonoma, is seeking to expand their site by 50%. The state recycling agency, CalRecycle, gave approval to the expansion in 2008, but was halted due to lawsuits filed by an environmentalist group, No Wetlands Landfill Expansion. No Wetlands Landfill Expansion argues that Redwood Landfill is situated on a marsh, home to a number of species, and additional waste would cause sea level to rise putting the surrounding area at risk of flood. A Marin County judge sided with No Wetlands Landfill Expansion, stating Waste Management have failed to “fully analyze the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and health impacts such as acute respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis and asthma.”

“Redwood is owned by Houston-based Waste Management, the largest waste disposal company in the United States. It is also working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.”

Waste Management argues that opponents want to export their waste to another city’s landfill than keep it locally. Waste Management “has also been working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.” The case is now in appellate court and will be addressed next year.

Fast Haul is a proponent of environmental causes while also recognizing the need to find sustainable and responsible solutions for hauling a disposing of unwanted junk and garbage. Fast Haul’s goal with their junk hauling services include minimizing their carbon footprint in Marin, Petaluma, and throughout the Bay Area.

Source: http://petaluma.patch.com/articles/a-mountain-of-garbage

Debris Cleanup in Petaluma

March 21st, 2013
Kayakers enjoying the Petaluma River Photo Source: David "Thorne" Luckhardt

Kayakers enjoying the Petaluma River
Photo Source: David “Thorne” Luckhardt

The city of Petaluma will be holding a “Petaluma River Cleanup” after awareness has spread concerning residents and businesses using the river as a dumping ground for their waste. Steve Jette, a 65-year-old retired Petaluma resident and volunteer at the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, regularly venture out to the Petaluma River and find all sort of hazardous waste including construction debris, fast food trash, old computers, printers, vacuum cleaners, car seats, tires and more. These electronics can discharge chemicals into the stream and large-size trash can block the flow of water increasing the risk of flood during rainy season. Some of the trash found are submerged in the river while others can noticeably be seen from the river bank, defiling the beauty of this community park. Although, there is a rise for environmental conservation, unlawful waste disposal still persist today. On May 4, 2013, a local organization, Friends of the Petaluma River, is arranging a community clean-up to help sort and properly dispose garbage found at the river. Jette also wants residents to look for waste sites near the area and report what they find to him or to the authorities.

Fast Haul advocates for proper waste disposal and keeping the environment clean and green. Therefore, Fast Haul have been providing construction debris removal, debris clean-up, electronic recycling and trash removal services to Bay Area cities including Petaluma in order to make it more convenient and cost-effective for residents to properly dispose their waste and not have to resort to unlawful and harmful practices.

Source: http://petaluma.patch.com/articles/the-river-s-keeper

Recycling Rates Breakdown In San Rafael

February 27th, 2013

Recycling at Marin Sanitary Service. Credit: Lori Tompkins

On Feb. 4, 2013, the San Rafael Council approved an additional added cost of 55 cents to their recycling rates. Households will incur a monthly cost of $29.56 to their 32 gallon trash receptacles, a 1.89% increase. The city council justified the rising rates due to a number of factors including employee’s salary, materials cost, fuel costs, everyday expenditure and landfill fees such as tipping.

From this mandate, the city of San Rafael will receive approximately $443,600 each year in which it will be used to subsidize street paving and resurfacing as well as hiring a consultant to explore alternative rate structures in green waste recycling and composting. Residents will see the benefits of the increased recycling rates over the years in not only their city’s infrastructures but the environment as well.

Fast Haul supports the San Rafael city council’s commitment to positive environmental practices such as recycling.  Fast Haul also offers green hauling in the city of San Rafael at reasonable rates with superior services.  For large items such as old appliances or electronics components (that can contain hazardous materials), local trash removal bins are not an option for disposing of them, and Fast Haul is a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly alternative to remove your trash or junk in San Rafael.

Source: http://sanrafael.patch.com/articles/why-are-garbage-and-recycling-rates-increasing-for-marin-sanitary-service

 
 
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