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Another “Green” Holiday Infographic ;)

March 17th, 2014

Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone. Since here at Fast Haul, we like to support all things “green”, we thought we’d get into the spirit of the holiday with this great infographic! Brought to you by, this fun and unique infographic presents a ton of interesting facts about Irish culture in America, including recent population rates, Irish symbols and their meanings, and figures on exactly how many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

For example, while 122 million people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day annually, Ireland’s most popular beer Guinness doesn’t even crack the top 5 most popular beers on tap in America. That’s pretty surprising, given that 34.5 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry. There are a ton of facts like these in the infographic that people will love! It’s perfect for brushing up on some Irish trivia to impress your friends at St. Patrick’s Day parties. In fact, is offering a 25% discount on orders over $500 when they mention the page!

Lucky Irish Promotional Items [Infographic]

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How Green is California?

March 12th, 2014

323585_thumbnailA recent report showed California ranks number three in the nation in terms of being green. It’s not a big stretch, given that California has put in place many programs intended to completely eliminate waste diverted to landfill.  One standout measure taken by the state is the ratification of a seven-part strategic plan, with a zero-waste program as its crown jewel.  The plan’s goal is to engage citizens and business owners in efforts to re-introduce solid waste into the marketplace or nature, in ways that minimally impact the environment, i.e., recycling, reusing, or flat-out reducing consumption, and consequently sidestepping landfills altogether.  California was the first state to adopt a zero-waste policy.

According to the report provided by, California recycles 68% of waste.  The legacy stands and California can boast being the most recycling state in the Union.  Companies like Fast Haul are a key part of the success of California’s green initiatives, offering consumers economic options for sustainably recycling or reintegrating their unwanted bulk items, via county or state sanctioned collection centers, charitable organizations, or other recycling options.

Presently, the state is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags in food retailers, such as grocery and liquor stores, as well as in pharmacies.  Recycled-paper or reusable bags will be permitted for distribution by retailers.  Hand-in-hand with its other green initiatives is California’s focus on renewable energy sources; it ranks third in the nation.

Where California has room to grow is in reducing CO2 emissions, it ranked 50th, just above the “Lone Star State” of Texas.

That notwithstanding, California still does pretty well and has many of the top green cities in the nation.   San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Sunnyvale, and Irvine, are at the head of the pack in the state, but not all California cities are on the green train.  According to, the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield are at the bottom, not only in California, but in the nation.  But, if the rest of the state is an indication, and if the proposed statewide plastic bag ban is approved, these cities, too, might find themselves working towards a greener future for California.

By: Ethan Malone



How Cities are Combating Waste

February 19th, 2014

San Francisco, CA, USASmart cities, or sustainable cities, are the product of multi-layered programs that seek to reduce the environmental agents that threaten quality of life for succeeding generations.  These initiatives involve efforts to reduce carbon emissions, protect natural resources, and eliminate or systemically reduce waste.  These efforts are tied closely to the hope of addressing climate change and meeting the demands of future population growth.

The following Innovate programs illustrate through real-world examples of excellence, the capacity if smart cities to incorporate and expand renewable energy, efficient waste management systems, and harness community planning that supports smart growth in cities around the world.

Critical Water Conservation Planning

As our population continues to grow, so does the burden of maintaining adequate water supply.  Current estimates suggest that by 2080 1,8 billion people could be facing water scarcity (if global temperatures increase by 3-4 degrees).  For cities concerned with their future freshwater demands, water conservation, treatment and recycling practices must be made top priorities.

In Philadelphia, their “Green City, Clean Waters” plan works to protect the city’s water supply from stormwater runoff pollution.   The city has also partnered with the environmental protection agency to create better water handling strategies that use hydraulic and hydrologic methods.

Sustainable Solid Waste Management   

No city can truly aspire to be sustainable unless it has effective waste management practices established.   In the U.S. alone, waste increased by 184% over the course of 50 years (1960 to 2010).  San Francisco has stepped confidently up to the plate, launching its zero waste program that intends to eliminate solid waste by 2020.  A key part of the infrastructure of the program is the diversion of waste from landfills through either repurposing, recycling, or reusing them.  Companies like Fast Haul are filling an important role in enabling the city’s waste management to handle the increased overflow from landfill to alternate recycling facilities.  Since the program started, the city’s recycling rate has increased by 80%.

Long-Term Energy Efficiency

Central to any smart city plan is a plan for energy efficiency.  Energy conservation and reduction saves money, reduces pollution, and supports energy independence and stability – and contributes new jobs.

Vienna, Austria, has the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 by 2050.  Towards that end, it installed multiple end-user heating systems and has adapted energy efficiency standards on new construction that are among the most stringent in the world.

Renewable Energy for Future Security

Munich, Germany’s renewable energy program seeks to corral all of the city’s energy production by generating its own green energy, through harnessing locally produced biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind energy.   Renewable energy facilities provide domestic energy while decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions.


By: Ethan Malone

No More Bottles!: SF’s Plastic Bottled Water Ban

February 6th, 2014

sf.waterbottles.0329San Francisco continues to stake out new territory as the leader in waste diversion by proposing a ban on the sale of water bottles on public property.  If enacted, this would be among the strictest bottled water bans in the country.  This idea has sparked a debate, with people on both sides weighing in on the potential impact (positive and adverse) of such a bold move.

Who Would be Affected?

The ordinance would apply to any event conducted on public property with 100 or more attendees.   This would not just apply to conventional festivals, but would even extend to mobile food trucks — which would need to offer tap water instead of purveying bottled water, though it would only apply to events with adequate on-site tap water, initially.  That is until late 2016, when it would take affect at all events on San Francisco-owned property.

The Pros:

  • The water’s great!  Long considered exceptional, San Francisco tap water comes from snowmelt flowing down the Tuolumne River and is quality-tested  100,000> times a year.  This water is considered so pure that the both the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Public Health say it needs no filtration.
  • Back in 2007, former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s executive order prohibiting the use of city funds purchase bottled water saved half a million in annual city spending.
  • Bottled water requires 17 million (estimated) barrels of oil each year of production  and three times the water produced to produce it.

For annual events, such as Outside Lands which draws 65,000 people, only three refillable tap water stations were available.  This example is but one of the many that mandates that the city thoroughly study how to accommodate water supply demands at such events and prioritize installing water fountains and reusable bottle filling stations.


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.


By: Ethan Malone

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