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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.


Interesting Recycling facts! [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 25th, 2013

Here are a few recycling facts we gathered here are Fast Haul, presented in Infographic format. This is our first ever attempt at an Infographic and I am not sure if this is a popular format, so please let me know what you think!

Recycling Facts Infographic

Please feel free to cut and paste the following HTML into a page/post of your website or blog to republish this infographic!

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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 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 @

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.

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