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Can Collection gets interesting

August 20th, 2012

Cans Collector holding cans for recyclingAfter a while, San Francisco residents get used to certain sounds. On Tuesdays, the emergency broadcast system issues a robotic test message. Sometimes the Caltrain’s horn can be heard echoing between buildings. And cans can always be heard as they’re collected and crushed in front of homes and apartments.

There is an underground economy of can collection in San Francisco. Residents sunning in the parks can be assured that their cans will be collected soon, and it won’t be by city workers. And those who collect cans know the days that each street will be putting their blue bins out for collection the next day.

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Smoke, Fire and the Rising Cost of Fuel

August 8th, 2012

Gigantic plumes of black smoke rose into the air above the San Francisco Bay last morning. The local residents of Richmond were issued a shelter-in-place warning; living in the area, I saw the warning before I read the news and got a very scared for a few minutes. Wet towels were placed beneath doorways and in windowsills. And as a giant fire raged through a Chevron oil refinery, we were all reminded of the huge environmental cost of burning fossil fuels.

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eWaste and the Green Apple

July 30th, 2012

There are two precise moments that make or break your environmental impact: When you go to buy something, and when you go to throw it away. I’ve talked before on this blog about buying things wisely to avoid waste. And since we’re in the green hauling business, we also think a lot about what to do with things once we’re done with them.

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The Bottled Water issue in San Francisco

July 23rd, 2012

What’s under your sink, flies through the air, and cleans up after your dog? If you guessed Supersponge Man, you’re kind of crazy. It’s the plastic bag.
And thankfully, plastic bag usage has been curbed in California. Plastic is a huge source of pollution in America, and plastic bags are one of the biggest offenders. San Francisco and Los Angeles – as well as many outlying cities like Santa Cruz – have launched successful bans on plastic bags. Now lawmakers are setting their sights on another big offender in the war on the environment: the plastic water bottle.

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HANC’s battle for the Haight-Ashbury Recycling Center

July 11th, 2012

There’s a little place in Golden Gate Park that you might not know about. It’s not very far into the park, like the polo fields. And it’s not tucked away like Strawberry Hill. In fact, it’s right next to Kezar stadium. And as a San Francisco junk hauling company, it’s of special interest to us as locals and recyclers.

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