Thursday, 28 November 2013

Special Recycling Programs in San Mateo

It often becomes difficult to recycle all our household wastes. There are innumerable products and all of them seem to have different rules about how, when and where they can be removed from a house. Here are some useful resources and programs that intend to simplify the recycling process for San Mateo residents.

Curbside Inc.

This company offers free door-to-door service for all San Mateo residents who want to get rid of their:

Ø  Hazardous household waste (such as, insecticides, paint, cleaning supplies, and the like)
Ø  Electronics (such as, TVs, computers, and the like)
Ø  Universal Waste (such as, CFLs, fluorescent lights, batteries)
Ø  The provider can be contacted through phone.

Christmas Tree Pick-up

Most residents have a hard time disposing off their trees after Christmas. There are several programs that run from December 26 to January 31 that intend towards picking up bulky trees. However, residents are asked to remove all decorations and stands before handing them over. Also, trees need to be placed next to the compost cart and have to be cut down if they are over eight feet.

Environmental Health Department of San Mateo

The Environmental Health Department of the county sponsors several collection centers wherein residents can dispose-off hazardous wastes.

If a person owns a small business, he/she can set up a meeting to bring in the hazardous waste for recycling. This, however, is subject to a decreased fee and there are certain restrictions on the total amount of rubbish that can be disposed in such manner. Residents need to get in touch with the environmental health department for information.

Shoreway Environmental Center

In collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul, the center accepts books, clothing, household goods, scrap metal, and car batteries for recycling and reuse. Recyclable materials and household hazardous wastes can also be delivered to the center directly for disposal.  Few of the materials that are accepted include:

Ø  Used motor oil
Ø  Latex Paint
Ø  Used oil filters
Ø  Rechargeable Batteries
Ø  Used Antifreeze
Ø  Computers
Ø  Electronic Equipment 
Ø  Peripheral Devices
Ø  Medication Drop-Off

Residents can dispose-off pharmaceuticals free of charge and safely at the drop box situated at the San Mateo Police Station at 200 Franklin Parkway.

The Transfer Station

The transfer station picks up waste from the resident’s location and transports it to a landfill for no fee.

Two Annual On-Call Pickups

The residents of San Mateo are allowed two on-call hefty item pick-ups each year. A garbage hauler can be scheduled to come pick up large amounts of waste or household items free of charge.

The Environmental Educating Center:

The Environmental Education Center of San Mateo offers guided tours for public and school groups for free. The high-tech facility is utilized for teaching the public and students about the four essential R’s:
Ø  Reduce
Ø  Reuse
Ø  Recycle and
Ø  Rot
Apart from this, broader concepts pertaining to green building and resource conservation are also taught. Residents who want to schedule a tour can easily sign up online.

Transporting it on one’s own:

In case a resident has several small items, pharmaceuticals, or related products to drop off to the closest recycling/pharmaceutical center then he/she can call up a taxi cab. Most drivers driving these cabs are well aware of the location of these centers and can easily take the customer there. Taxi cab is also a convenient option in comparison to a mass transportation service such as a bus that has fixed routes. One of the best ways to book a yellow cab is online through provider’s websites. Most reputed transportation companies offer e-booking facility for their customers.   

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Traveling safe in San Mateo County

Like most thriving counties, San Mateo also faces its share of crime and criminal activities. Residents and tourists are asked to stay safe while police departments work overtime to ensure no mishap takes place.

Crime files:

The latest arrest was made of a convict that had committed more than twenty burglaries across the county. The 29 year old was found to possess stolen properties from robbery at the time of his arrest. Another shocking case was that of a woman who was badly injured at a side walk. She was apparently beaten up by muggers.
DUI cases also abound in the county with young adults indulging in drunken crash. In lieu of such instances, law-making bodies insist residents to keep their houses protected with security alarms and avoid walking at night or taking lonely routes during travel.  One of the best ways for residents and tourists to ensure their safety is to take yellow cabs while traveling. There are several private companies in San Mateo that offer all kinds of cabs. From luxury sedans to the classic yellow taxi, there is one to fit everyone’s budget.   

Taxi Cabs for all occasions:

Whether one needs an airport drop off or pick up, a wine tour, a city tour or just a taxi ride, most companies boast of taxi fleets comprising of only the latest models that suit different transportation needs at competitive rates. These taxis are state-of-the-art with:
Ø  Spacious interiors so that the customer can sit comfortably
Ø  Energy efficiency that helps keep the overall rates down
Ø  Inbuilt credit card machines for customer’s convenience
Ø  Inbuilt GPS system to make sure customer reaches on time
Apart from this, to ensure complete customer security, the drivers hired by most transportation companies undergo a background check. Cab drivers are made to learn the shortest and safest routes in and around the city. They also need to take driving tests and sit for regular exams. Drivers who drive rashly or are prone towards criminal behavior are laid off immediately and also reported to authorities. These companies take complete precaution to ensure their customers remain safe. In fact, drivers are also kept in touch with the ground staff at all times. This helps keep track on the cab.

How to get a cab?

Most cabs can be "flagged" or "hailed" on the street side as they approach. Another alternative is a cab stand. Taxi stands are normally located at railway stations, airports, major malls, hotels and other places where huge number of passengers are likely to be found. Another way of booking these cabs is through the internet. Most providers have functional websites that allow e-booking. All users need to do is fill in a simple form and mention the dates and time they need cabs for. Taxis are normally available on time and at the exact date.
Hiring a taxi is the best way to move around San Mateo County, especially for tourists who are not aware of the cities. They can easily be duped by mugs that are at a look out for tourists. The best way to hire a transportation company is to search for it over the internet. Reading reviews and testimonials from other users helps in narrowing down the search. Another way to go about it is to ask family and friends for suggestions. Cabs that are recommended through word of mouth are certainly worth a try. It is also good to analyze the prices so that one chooses a provider that is well priced. However, the most important criteria for choosing a company should be the amount of safety it provides.