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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.

San Mateo County Wins Case Against Walgreens For Hazardous Trash Hauling

January 12th, 2013

In recent news, Walgreen’s has finalized their court battle with San Mateo County, agreeing to pay a $58,000 settlement. On June 2012, Districs Attorneys from several California cities filed lawsuits against Walgreen’s for the way they handled and disposed hazardous waste. The lawsuit accused that more than 600 Walgreen’s stores in the state were disposing their hazardous waste including bleach, aerosols, pesticides and pharmaceuticals to local landfills as oppose to hiring junk hauling services to properly dispose the waste in disposal facilities. The case was brought up against Walgreen’s after test and waste inspections were conducted over a six year period by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, local environmental health agencies, district attorney investigators and environmental regulators in 2009.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Wynne Carvill, ordered Walgreen’s to pay $16.57 million in the settlement for civil penalties and cost, through which San Mateo County will receive $58,000 of the settlement. Much of the settlement will fund environmental projects such as consumer protection and environmental enforcement in California. In response to the settlement, Walgreen’s has initiated talks with California government officials and communities to develop and implement a better waste management program in the near future.

Fast Haul supports clean business practices including proper waste disposal and the removal of junk. Fast Haul also encourages counties such as San Mateo to be active and vigilant in instituting and enforcing local environmental laws.

Hayward Junk Removal Industry now Featuring Eco-Friendly Fleet

December 19th, 2012

Waste Managements new "Green" Trash removal trucks in Hayward, CAAccording to a recent article in the Mercury News, http://photos.mercurynews.com/2012/12/08/on-a-morning-route-with-waste-managements-new-cng-trucks/, Waste Management of Hayward has recently replaced some of their old diesel-run trucks for a new fleet of high-tech compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks.

On November 13, 2012, Waste Management took their first test run of their CNG and LNG trucks with already a positive result. Their trash removal duties in Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro and all over the Bay Area have not only become much more cleaner but efficient as well. The new CNG trucks provide a quieter and cleaner experience with zero-carbon emission than their older trucks. New tools and features allow the drivers to be safe,  warm and clean in their early morning junk hauling routine. Waste Management announce that their 1,000 natural gas trucks will help further their green initiative by displacing over eight million gallons of petroleum and reducing over 45,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Further expansion of natural gas trucks are well under way.

At Fast Haul, we support the green efforts by recycling, junk hauling, and trash removal professionals everywhere!

 
 
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