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Amid legal strife, Oakland will return garbage contract to Waste Management

September 29th, 2014

84905_1280x720In a surprising turn of events, The City of Oakland has decided to bow out of the legal battle brought on by Waste Management and give back the contract that will keep the company in control of a majority of the waste collection services.

While the council’s unanimous vote allows California Waste Solutions (CWS) to still be in charge for collecting recyclables, garbage and compost collection duties will be the responsibility of Waste Management. This means that the hundred plus year relationship between Waste management and Oakland will continue.

Some city officials are meeting the decision with a sigh of relief. Under the previous contract, CWS would have had to drastically expand their operations in the city in a very short amount of time. This would include building new facilitates, acquiring 150 new trucks, and 300,000 new trash bins. Some officials whose advice fell on deaf ears suggested that the small East Bay company could not meet the lofty challenge.

On the other hand, a faction of officials who help get the contract in the hands of CWS in the first place are less than enthused. Councilwoman Desley Brooks offered her take on the situation, saying, “We have set a precedent here tonight that when people don’t get their way and they have enough money, they just do whatever they want to, say whatever they want to and there are no ramifications for what they do”.

As part of the new deal, Waste Management has agreed to drop the lawsuit, end the petition drive they started, and reimburse the city around $800,000 to cover their Oakland’s court costs.

(Source: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-OKs-waste-contract-compromise-5774321.php)

Oakland Gambles with New Trash Hauling Contract

August 6th, 2014

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For the first time in years, the city of Oakland will be counting on a different company to handle garbage pickup.

Last week, city council unanimously voted to award the highly coveted 10-year contract (valued at $1 billion) to California Waste Solutions (CWS), an Oakland-based company whose primary expertise lies in recycling. The decision to place garbage-collecting responsibilities for the entire city in the hands of a company with no experience with garbage represents an extremely risky venture.

With CWS taking over garbage collection duties, it marks the end a decades-long business relationship between the city and Waste Management, the agency previously handling garbage pickup. At times in the past the relationship has been strained, many pointing the Waste Managements decision to lock out 500 members of the Teamsters labor union after workers refused the companies demand that they pay a larger share of their healthcare benefits as a major factor. As a result, trash was left uncollected for two weeks and city officials were not too happy. (Source)

The major turning point during negotiations came when Waste Management refused to budge off the proposed $100 a year rate increase. CWS offered a more competitive bid, with a figure that would only cost residents around $80 more per year. With the winning bid comes the daunting task of CWS expanding their current operations to meet its new needs. In less then a year, CWS must:

  • Build a transfer station in Oakland
  • Add 150+ employees
  • Double its 70-truck fleet
  • Invest around $80 million into operations
  • Swap out 300,000 trash bins

Should CWS fall short during preparations, they have prepared to let Republic Services, the second largest garbage service in the US, will allow them to use their transfer station in Richmond.

(Source: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Oakland-s-plan-to-hire-local-trash-hauler-could-5667987.php#photo-6389119)

Albertsons Settles Case Alleging Mishandling of Hazardous Waste

June 30th, 2014

Albertsons-shopAlbertsons, a grocery chain with more than a thousand locations nation-wide, has agreed to pay $3.3 million dollars to settle a case brought against them alleging stores in California mishandled the disposal of hazardous waste.

In the lawsuit, filed in the Orange County Superior Court, several government agencies accused Albertsons of illegally transporting and disposing of dangerous and possibly deadly materials including pool chemicals, batteries, and various types of over-the-counter medication. It was claimed that these products were disposed of in dumpsters meant for non-hazardous material and transported to unauthorized waste processors.

Although Albertson’s has asserted that they have done nothing wrong, they have agreed to overhaul the waste management policies and practices at all 118 California locations. The overhaul includes implementing a computerized waste management tracking system, expanding employee training on the proper handling of hazardous materials, and conducting regular internal audit. Albertsons is also required to submit progress reports over the next five years, or face further penalties.

This is quite a setback for the chain, which in the last few years has made great strides towards putting more environmentally friendly policies into action in the state where these allegations took place. In 2012, the Albertson’s location in Carpintina earned the EPA GreenChill Environmental Achievement Award for being the first grocery store in the nation to use low global warming potential refrigerants. Two stores in Santa Barbara achieved “zero waste” goals, diverting 95% of waste away from landfills. Three stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine are currently using rooftop solar panels to power the stores.

Hopefully, whether these charges took place or not, Albertsons can use this opportunity to promote better communication and continue to strive towards an eco-friendly business model.

(Source: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/06/26/albertsons-to-end-waste-disposal-case-with-3-3m-payout/)

By Ethan Malone

Potential Garbage Rate Increase For The City Of Danville

January 29th, 2014

52b387e0bb576.imageResidents and commercial properties owners in the city of Danville may see a 3.3-3.7%  hike in their trash and recycling service rates. The Town Council along with the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority (CCCSWA) planned a measure to increase the trash and recycling service rates in order to cover the costs and ensure adequate reserve.

The new measure calls for the typical single-family monthly bill to rise to $24.71 for a 32 gallon weekly trash and recycling service, a 90% increase compared to current rates. If this measure pass, starting March 1, 2014 residential plans will see a hike in their monthly bill:

  • $0.80 for 20-gallon service
  • $1.14 for 64-gallon service
  • $1.70 for 96-gallon service

Commercial properties will see a hike in their monthly cost for a 2-yard dumpster with weekly pickup from $270.25 to $279.22, a $8.97 rate increase.

Fast Haul, a junk removal and trash hauling services coving the Bay Area including the city of Danville, provide 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 Danville.

Source: http://www.sanramonexpress.com/news/2013/12/18/danville-garbage-rates-expected-to-rise-in-2014

By: Ethan Malone

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.

 
 
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