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Walnut Creek Makes Floating Plastic Islands

September 5th, 2012

When someone takes a bunch of plastic bottles and tosses them into a lake, we call that pollution. But Walnut Creek is doing just that, and they’re doing it for the environment.

There’s a man-made lake in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. Until recently, the lake was kept clean using chemical treatment. Local fishers and residents were upset with the level of chemicals that were being used to treat the lake, (and the subsequently small size of the fish) so they proposed an interesting solution.

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Vehicle Sharing Really is Caring!

August 29th, 2012

Our Fast Haul junk hauling truckBig trucks are quite useful here in the junk hauling business. Since those global warming numbers sure aren’t getting any better, we’re working to replace our fleet with biodiesel trucks. And when we’re not out working, we prefer to spend as much time off the road as possible. Luckily, cities like San Francisco are finding ways to limit the amount of time we spend in cars. The most effective way to do that? Sharing.

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Secret Life of Garbage [Infographic]

August 27th, 2012

We’ve recently come across a nice Infographic about “The secret life of garbage” and thought it was pretty nice so we just wanted to share it with you.
Life of Garbage
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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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