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    Use This App to Get the Most Out of Your Recycling!

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If you want to recycle but don’t know where or how to start, the iRecycle app is perfect for you. You can use iRecycle to find more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials. All you have to do is provide your current location, zip code, address, or city to see collection points near you. You can even share your recycling enthusiasm with the iRecycle app by connecting through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and SMS. To find out more about the iRecycle app, which has been named the iTunes “App of the Week” more than five times, click the link.

    At Peninsula Hauling & Demo of the San Francisco Bay Area, we are serious about sustainability. We reuse most of the things we salvage, and recycle approximately 75 percent of the garbage we collect. To learn more about our green junk removal and demolition service, call us at (650) 489-0226 or visit our website.

    Deciding Whether to Demolish or Renovate a Building

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Is your home or office in need of an update? Renovation allows you to make changes within your existing space, while demolition essentially wipes the slate clean so you can start anew. The decision whether to renovate or demolish your property should take into account a variety of factors, including time, convenience, and cost. Read on for a closer look at two of the most important factors when deciding whether to demolish or renovate.

    Cost

    In most cases, cost is the ultimate determining factor in whether you choose demolition or renovation. Changes such as new cabinetry, appliances, and counter layouts can be made within an existing space easily, making renovation the better choice. However, if you are unhappy with many aspects of the overall layout of your property or there are significant concerns that must be addressed to bring your property up to modern safety standards, you may save more money by demolishing the property and starting from the ground up. Furthermore, if you must remove a significant number of load-bearing components that will need replacement during your renovation, demolition may be the more cost-effective choice

    Convenience

    Convenience can also play a role in the decision to demolish versus renovate. If you are pressed for time, a renovation will generally take less time to complete than a complete demolition and rebuilding of your property. If you are limited by property boundaries, it may also be more beneficial to renovate rather than rebuild. However, keep in mind that extensive renovations can be time-consuming, especially if you must work around certain structural considerations. Additionally, it may be more inconvenient to renovate multiple rooms separately or in stages than to demolish the property and build every space to your specific preferences. Designing your property specifically to suit your needs exactly will result in a much more convenient and comfortable space to live or work.

    Whether you choose to demolish or renovate your property, Peninsula Hauling & Demo can help with demolition, hauling, and deconstruction services in San Mateo, San Jose, San Francisco, and the rest of the Bay Area. You can reach us by calling (650) 489-0226 or clicking on our web contact form. Visit our website to learn more about our hauling and demolition services. 

    A Guide to Recycling Some Common Household Items

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Household recycling has become a commonplace practice, providing an eco-friendly alternative to throwing away items that can be reused. There are a wide variety of household items that can be recycled, either through your city or by bringing them to specialized facilities. Peninsula Hauling & Demo can help with your household recycling efforts with our Bay Area hauling services. We would also like to provide the following tips for recycling some common household items.

    Paper

    Paper is one of the most commonly-recycled household items. Virtually all types of paper can be recycled through your city recycling program, including most cardboard products. The only types of paper that are typically not recyclable are specialized papers, such as wax paper and metallic wrapping paper. You can save room when recycling boxes by breaking them down or cutting them into smaller pieces before placing them in your recycling bin.

    Plastics

    Plastics are often recyclable, but your city may only accept certain types of plastics for recycling. All recyclable plastic products are printed with a number; check with your city to find out which plastics are accepted and which are not. PET and HDPE (plastics numbered one and two) are the most commonly-recycled plastic products. Keep in mind that even large plastic items may be recyclable, including children’s toys.

    Larger Items

    Larger items such as car batteries, tires, and used electronics can often be recycled as well. However, these items may need to be hauled or transported to a specialized facility for recycling. For example, many electronics stores will accept used electronics and components for recycling, even if your city will not take them. Tire retailers will often take used tires for recycling into other materials as well. Car batteries should be taken to a dealership or auto parts store for recycling.

    Nearly anything from household items to the structural components that make up your home can be recycled and reused. Peninsula Hauling & Demo is committed to promoting a healthier, more sustainable environment. Call us at (650) 489-0226 or visit us online to learn more about our hauling, recycling, and eco-friendly deconstruction service in San Francisco. 

    Safety Factors to Consider During an Excavation Project

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Defined by OSHA as a man-made cut, trench, cavity, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal, excavation is one of the most hazardous types of construction projects. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize risks and keep your construction team safe during the project. To learn more about the safety factors that come into play during an excavation project, read on.

    Site Risks

    Out of all of the accidents that can occur at an excavation site, cave-ins present the greatest risk. According to OSHA, other accidents and hazards that can create a serious risk during an excavation project include falling loads, falls, equipment incidents, and hazardous atmospheres.

    Pre-Planning

    Pre-planning is essential before conducting excavation work, even for experienced construction professionals, because many of the accidents that occur during excavation are preventable. The jobsite and materials on hand should be surveyed. In particular, OSHA recommends looking at the traffic, soil, location of the water table, surface and ground water, proximity and physical conditions of nearby structures, overhead and underground utilities, and weather. This information can be used to determine the type and amount of safety equipment you need.

    Avoiding Hitting Underground Utility Lines and Pipes

    Before beginning work, OSHA recommends finding the approximate location of utility installations and other underground installations on the site. Contact the utility companies to inform them of the excavation and ask them to find the exact location of the underground installations.

    Preparing Workers

    Workers must be aware of the important role they play in keeping the jobsite safe. Emphasize rules such as removing obstacles at the workplace, wearing safety gear, and following proper work practices.

    At Peninsula Hauling & Demo we have over a decade of experience providing excavation and trucking services that follow all OSHA safety standards. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, we are a family-owned business that values customer service and satisfaction. Call us at (650) 489-0226 or visit our website for more information or to schedule a demolition or hauling estimate. 

    Planning a Building Demolition

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Planning a building demolition is a complex process that must be done by a demolition contractor weeks or even months in advance. Demolition planning is a team effort that requires communication and collaboration between the client, architect, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, demolition planner, and regulatory agencies. Here’s a closer look at the process of planning a building demolition.

    Recognizing a Need for More Extensive Planning

    Some demolition projects call for a more thorough planning process than is normally required. If the building is contaminated, has historic significance, or is close to other buildings, a careful consideration of demolition techniques should be given. The same is true when the building has special construction features, or when there are parts of the building that must be preserved during the demolition.

    Controlling Nuisance Factors

    Dust is a big problem with many demolition projects. Using the latest technology and proper demolition methods can help control dust emissions more effectively. Noise is a problem that can be mitigated by equipping heavy demolition equipment with sound suppression devices. Otherwise, the building demolition project should be scheduled so that it does not occur during special events or evening hours. Using the proper work methods can minimize vibration-related damage during a building demolition.

    Material Disposal and Recycling

    The contractor is usually legally responsible for disposing of any materials detached from the building. Recycling is an important component of many demolition projects; but depending on the market value of the material and the particulars of the demolition job, it sometimes makes more sense to re-use the materials instead of sending them to a recycling facility.

    Peninsula Hauling & Demo has extensive experience in the demolition industry. If you need a commercial or residential demolition service near San Francisco, call us at (650) 489-0226. Visit our website to request an estimate or to find out more about the hauling, demolition, and junk removal services we offer.

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