Hurricane Hauling for Endangered Species

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. removed two cars from a ravine for the San Mateo Parks Department in the autumn of 2009. The Parks Department was cleaning up the area for a cleaner, safer habitat for an endangered butterfly species. We contracted with ARIS Helicopters to extract the cars. After the cars were secured on our trucks, we brought them to Sims Metal Management to responsibly dispose of the materials.

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Watch How Hurricane Hauling Does Deconstruction Differently!

Deconstruction is different than Demolition.  Since 95% of materials can be recycled during demolition projects, we take great efforts to deconstruct and salvage those materials. It’s the first step to being green.  Deconstruction is better for the environment because waste is kept out of landfills. It even saves our customers more money in the end. To learn more about the cost benefits of deconstruction, click here.

Watch this video to see how we:

  • Reducing Our Footprint
  • Reusing Materials
  • Donating to Those in Need


Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. Wins Award for Environmental Sensitivity in Business

Bay Area Green Business’s Commitment to Sustainable Practices Gains Attention of Like-minded Organizations

SAN RAFAEL, CA, April 18, 2012 — Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc., a Marin-based demolition, deconstruction, and hauling company, today announced that it has been awarded The John M. McPhail, Jr. Green Business Award for successfully demonstrating how green business practices can generate success within a traditional business model. The Marin Conversation League (MCL) will honor Hurricane Hauling with this award at its Annual Awards Dinner on April 20th at the Homeward Bound New Beginnings Center in Novato. The John M. McPhail, Jr. Green Business Award annually recognizes a business in Marin County which exemplifies environmental sensitivity in business and has supported and improved communication between the business and environmental communities.

Since 1989, Hurricane Hauling’s office operations and services have included a variety of sustainable practices. Owners Paul Sonnabend and David Sherman strive to recycle or re-purpose more than 75% of the debris collected during demolition, deconstruction, hauling, tree and yard projects in order to keep waste out of landfills. This EPA Lead-Safe certified company works closely with the Marin Resource Recovery Center to responsibly dispose of concrete, dirt, clean yard waste, metal, electronics, construction waste, and more. Their vehicles utilize alternative fossil fuel by operating EPA and industry certified reclaimed biodiesel (ASTM D6751) for their fleet of trucks, emitting 67% fewer unburned hydrocarbons, 48% less carbon monoxide, and 47% fewer particulates. To decrease the waste going to the landfill, salvaged materials – including appliances, art, furniture, lumber, and construction materials – are stored in Hurricane Hauling’s warehouse until re-purposed or sold to local customers. Select services include tax incentives for customers to re-purpose building materials which are donated to approved local 501c(3) salvage yards and organizations. Even Hurricane Hauling’s office operations comply with the California Green Business Program as a certified Bay Area Green Business.

“We are honored to be recognized among the greenest companies in Marin,” states Sherman. “We are committed to continually improving our operations and services to enhance our community, protect the environment, and raise the bar for industry responsibilities.” Hurricane Hauling will be one of six awardees chosen by a panel of MCL directors, members, and staff. Sherman and consultant Lisa Chipkin will receive the award on the company’s behalf.

Hurricane Hauling’s recent green awards also include the PacificSun Best of Marin in 2009, 2010, and 2011; Best of the Bay by BayList; Bay Area Green Business certification; and Sustainable 6 Award by CA Legislature Assembly Member Jared Huffman.

About Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. specializes in deconstruction, demolition, debris hauling & cleanup, tree and yard services. A licensed, bonded, and fully insured Bay Area Green Business, we operate in the greater Bay Area. Since 1989, we have been salvaging materials from residential and commercial projects. Our mission is to provide high quality service at affordable rates with the goal of reducing, reusing, recycling, and re-purposing materials for the benefit of our customers, through incentives like tax write-offs, and our environment. Visit

Media Contact:

Tiffany Douglass
Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.
55B De Luca Place
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-3407

Hurricane Hauling Gets a New Place

We are now located at 55 De Luca Place, Unit B

Come on down, and take a look in our new warehouse FILLED with salvaged items and building materials. These items were acquired during our deconstruction, demolition, and hauling projects. It’s our goal to divert these items from ending up in the landfill and make them available for resale. We come across such things as lumber, building materials, art pieces, appliances, furniture…you name it! Give us a call if you’re looking for something in particular. If we don’t currently have it, we’ll put you on our Items Wanted List and contact you when and if we come across it. You might just find exactly what you’ve been looking for!


55 De Luca Place, Unit B
San Rafael, CA 94901



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Hurricane Hauling Uses Ecologically Friendly Deconstruction Process

[callout1] Hurricane Hauling and Demolition, Inc. has begun a tear down project using deconstruction, an ecologically friendly alternative to demolition that helps homeowners as well as the environment. [/callout1]

(PRWEB) September 26, 2011 — Hurricane Hauling and Demolition Inc., a Marin based demolition and hauling company that performs work throughout the greater Bay Area, has recently begun a major project using a deconstruction process that protects both the Earth and the owner’s pocketbook. Deconstruction is the first step in green building, as materials that would normally end up in landfill become reused and recycled.

According to a report by McGraw Hill Construction with support from Waste Management, in 2007 more than 143 million tons of construction and demolition waste was generated, and less than 30% of this was reused, recycled, or repurposed. The remaining 100 plus tons went directly to landfill. Hurricane Hauling hopes that their ability to deconstruct and reuse much of the waste from their projects, such as the house in Mill Valley, will help not only encourage others to follow suit, but also inform about how beneficial it can be to both the environment and property owners.

Although deconstruction is more labor intensive than straight demolition, homeowners often end up saving money in the end. Deconstruction is the process of breaking down a building into all of its smallest parts (lumber, plywood, shingles, cabinets, doors, windows, carpeting, plumbing and electrical fixtures, etc.) and then either reusing or donating these salvaged materials. According to Molly Samietz, founder of Donation Solutions and lead appraiser of the Mill Valley deconstruction project, in many cases up to 85% of a home can be re-used or donated. This offers a huge benefit to those who value sustainability and want to lessen the burden on overflowing landfills.

When deciding to remodel, the owners of the Mill Valley residence chose to look into the option of home deconstruction and found this method was not only beneficial from an environmental but also a financial perspective. The value of used building material donations are quite substantial, providing private building owners with a sizable tax credit- one that can sometimes be divided over a period of years. In addition, the deconstruction process significantly reduces hauling and disposal fees.

Jim Josephs, the general contractor for the project, is in full support of the deconstruction project. He states how in the past, he would be hired to come in with a bull dozer and literally tear down everything to the ground, load it into debris boxes and haul it off to a dump or designated landfill. “This is a much smarter way- almost all the materials are reused instead of going into landfill, the homeowner gets a tax break and saves money, and it’s better for the environment – everyone wins.”

In the end, deconstruction makes sense, not only as being an economically viable option, but also because of the huge social and environmental benefits as well. If you are considering demolishing or renovating a house or building, contact Hurricane Hauling and Demolition to ensure your project is done properly, with maximum benefit to both you and the environment.