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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.

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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,, 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!

Parklets Reduce Parking, Increase Park-ing

October 11th, 2012

What’s better than finding a parking spot? How about finding a place to sit, have a cup of coffee, read the paper, and meet your neighbors? With San Francisco’s highly-praised parklet program, this is exactly what you can do.

The two-year old program called Pavement to Parks allows San Francisco businesses and residents to propose parklet designs to the city. And the city has found a clever way to reduce bureaucracy, red tape, and excessive time from proposal to parklet: they let citizens build the parklets themselves.

Building a parklet can be expensive. Costs, including permits and construction, can run up to $20,000. There’s an additional rental fee of $200 that is paid to the city. Businesses sometimes go to Kickstarter, or other creative funding sources to create a park.

Some parklets are seating areas for cafes, others are small displays of art. But all parklets are public spaces and work to encourage foot traffic and neighborhood participation. They also encourage people to slow down and support local businesses.

KTVU ran a story recently expressing some backlash at the parklet system. The disappointed people that they interviewed were those who claimed there was already too little parking in the city. At the last count, there were 441,541 parking spaces in San Francisco. Currently there are proposals for 70 parklets. That’s hardly a number that ought to concern drivers. Also consider that the folks that they interviewed were coming in from San Jose and Walnut Creek. There is a CalTrain station in San Jose and a BART station in Walnut Creek–perhaps they should consider public transportation.

The parklet system is about more than reducing places to park and replacing them with places to sit. It’s about changing the way we think about our city–not as places to drive through, but places to live in. Foot traffic is healthier, more sustainable, and better for local business. Have a seat!

San Rafael Students Make Colorful Change

September 24th, 2012

I’m always excited to hear about situations where big ideas started locally and created meaningful change. That’s why I’m so proud of the students of Sun Valley Middle School here in San Rafael. They noticed that they were creating excess waste and decided to approach the problem directly.

Earlier this year, the students and the aptly-named Mr. Land (Land Wilson, the leader of the school’s Green Team) took on the issue of marker waste. Markers, specifically Crayola, can only be used until the ink has run dry. At that point, it simply becomes more plastic waste. Crayola spokespeople have recommended recycling only the caps of their makers. They claim that removing the ink tub and nib (in order to recycle the body of the marker) creates small parts that present a choking hazard.
In almost all cases, there are greener options than recycling. But short of creating refillable markers, having a way to recycle them would be a great step forward. Sun Valley students recognized this and took action, calling on Crayola to provide a way to recycle all of the plastic that they produce. The students created a petition on and gathered a whopping 82,718 signatures.

In May, Crayola responded–saying they would do nothing. They cited a “lack of facilities and process.” To most, this sounded like they had simply decided it would be too expensive to address this issue. In fact, there are facilities and processes in place to recycle markers.

Recently, the makers of Prang Art Markers picked up the torch where Crayola dropped it. Dixon Ticoderoga, maker of Prang markers, has put in place a system whereby customers can send in their markers for free to be reused. CEO Timothy Gomez applauded the students for creating change on a major scale.

Let’s hope Crayola hears of this decision and follows suit. After all, in this situation it was truly the kids who made their mark!

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