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HazAwayToday.com Founder Drew Boyles Feat. in LA Business Journal
 Jun 14, 2019

ZONED FOR COMFORT

Drew Boyles I Mayor, City of El Segundo

Friday, June 14, 2019

On the first and third Tuesday of the month, El Segundo residents have the chance to voice their concerns to Mayor Drew Boyles at El Segundo’s 7 p.m. City Council Meeting at City Hall. But earlier in the day, local citizens join Boyles in a more informal setting just across Main Street for a chat and a jolt of caffeine at Blue Butterfly Coffee Co. where Boyles holds the Mayor’s Coffee Open Hour on City Council days.

There, visitors also might have the chance to meet Boyles’ mom, Val Smith, who tends to drop in on the meeting. “She moved here eight years ago, from Atlanta, and she’s already more active in the community than I am, and I’ve lived here 25 years,” Boyles joked during a recent Business Journal visit to his City Hall office.

Boyles wears a suit at City Hall — sometimes without the tie to be less intimidating at City Council meetings, he said. But the avid surfer is more likely to be seen, whether at the Blue Butterfly, a civic event or a ribbon-cutting, in sandals and an aloha shirt.

Despite being a hotbed for innovative and often tech-related business, Boyles doesn’t like to see El Segundo lumped in with Silicon Beach.

“We have kind of avoided that nomenclature because that feels very Venice, Santa Monica, Culver City, West L.A.” said Boyles. “I grew up in Chicago. … El Segundo feels specifically most like the Midwest because it is so small; people bounce into each other in terms of values, pace of life, the tightness of the community.”

It’s not surprising that Boyles calls El Segundo “the most important 5 square miles in all of Southern California.”

Boyles observed that El Segundo has a population of only 17,000, but that number swells to between 80,000 and 90,000 during weekdays because of the influx of commuters who work here. “Unlike a lot of cities in L.A. County, the vast majority — over 95% — of this town’s revenue comes from commerce, whether directly or indirectly, as opposed to from property taxes,” Boyles said. “How do you govern, or at least foster balanced, responsible commercial development, with this quaint little residential neighborhood right on the other side of it? How do you keep this quasi-Mayberry feel?”

Boyles, elected mayor in 2018, combines the part-time position with an entrepreneurial career that has included consolidating 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchises through three dozen mergers, acquisitions and sales; owning YouMoveMe in Southern California; and founding HazAwayToday.com, a hazardous waste removal company.

His journey included a stint in the Navy, becoming a parent at 17 and again at 19, and taking full custody of two sons by age 21. He earned an MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business in the late 1990s. He and his wife now have a family of five kids. “I feel like balance is cliche but having said that … I would say that I’m doing a good job of balancing my family, the city, my businesses and myself — time out to surf,” Boyles said.

“I think asking questions, pushing the status quo, (associating with) people who want to go outside their comfort zone, that’s how I live my life,” he added. For reprint and licensing requests for this article, CLICK HERE.

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Most SoCal Collection Sites Closed Due to Rain
 Feb 05, 2019

The rain has hit SoCal hard and showers are set to continue throughout this week. What does this mean for your local round-up or collection site? Many of these locations are not permitted to accept your hazardous waste during rainy weather.

Avoid the hassle of dragging your home or office hazardous materials out in the rain and making a mess of your vehicle! HazAwayToday.com is open for business and will conveniently clear out old paint cans, household cleaners, e-waste, and more within 24 hours of booking. View the full list of materials we remove here.

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The Charger Self-made Mayor Drew Boyles
 Dec 20, 2018 | Mark McDermott

Self-made Mayor. Surf enthusiast. Protector of the planet. We sure are proud of what you've accomplished, Drew! Read the astonishing story behind the entrepreneur and founder of HazAwayToday.com by Easy Reader News.

First of two parts

by Mark McDermott

The sun had gone down and all the guys were out of the water after a long day of surfing in Nicaragua. They were at the tail end of a surf trip, celebratory and stoked, not quite ready to come back to the South Bay. It was time to eat a big dinner and have some beers when somebody noticed. Drew Boyles was not on land.

Nobody was particularly surprised. Over the course of many surf trips — to Mexico, Central America, the Mentawais — Boyles was always the guy who put in the most hours in the water. He wasn’t known as the best surfer in the crew, but nobody surfed as avidly.

“He’s good,” said Eric Nepomnaschy, a friend who has surfed with Boyles for more than 20 years. “He’s no Kelly Slater, but he’s relentless. He will do anything — big waves, small waves. He is definitely always the last one out of the water. He’s a charger.”

This particular incident, two years ago, was a little different. It wasn’t dusk. It was actual night. His friends peered out into the darkness. The surf was crashing pretty mightily.

“It’s big out there,” Nepomnaschy said. “We can’t see shit.”

Finally Boyles appeared, out of the darkness. “He comes out of a wave, smile on his face, ready to go,” Nepomnaschy said. “That’s classic Drew.”

Drew Boyles near the El Segundo jetty. Photo by Brad Jacobson Boyles is a charger in all aspects of life. He is a successful entrepreneur, one who turned heads in the business world during the first decade of the 2000s when he seemed to appear from nowhere to complete 26 mergers and acquisitions of the 1-800-Got-Junk franchise and in so doing built a small fortune. After barely surviving the Great Recession, Boyles bolted out of the gates by launching a waste hauling start-up, HazAwayToday.com, and attempting to revive another franchise, YouMoveMe.com.

In his adopted hometown, El Segundo, Boyles was a well-known quantity long before he became mayor earlier this year. He’d arrived as a single-dad with two young boys in tow in 1995, fairly fresh out of the Navy, and earned an MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business while working full-time as a manager for the then-fledgling Starbucks franchise. After a brief career as a consultant for the former Big Five firm Arthur Andersen and a momentous flameout as a first-time entrepreneur trying to reinvent the dry cleaning business, Boyles started building his hauling empire from a warehouse in Smoky Hollow while simultaneously working on the most important merger of his life, starting a second family with his new wife Lee, with whom he’d have two more children, a boy and a girl.

Over the last decade, he emerged as a local community and regional business leader. He served as chairman the Economic Development Advisory Council, an informal body that brings together the city’s business and civic leaders that some observers credit as a spark for El Segundo’s recent ascent as a hub of cutting-edge businesses. He served as regional director and president of the LA chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, a business network and think tank in which entrepreneurs share resources and stories. He also was active with the local Kiwanis club and served on the advisory council of the El Segundo Museum of Art and as coach for his kids’ AYSO soccer teams.

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, Boyles was elected to the City Council in May 2016 and became mayor two years later. His wife Lee says the key behind this ongoing flurry of activity is that her husband wakes up every morning excited for what the day holds.

“Drew loves what he does and is not afraid of risk or hard work,” she said. “He loves to accomplish. I do not know anyone who does more than Drew. His plate is full all of the time, and he has a hard time saying no, but he always finds time for family.”

Central casting could not have made a better match to lead El Segundo in its current incarnation than Boyles — a tech-savvy businessman with a strong community ethos. Former mayor Bill Fisher, who first encouraged Boyles to enter local politics, said he is the right man at the right place at exactly the right time.

“He has built companies and knows the challenges businesses are faced with,” Fisher said. “In our city, where over 85 percent of revenue comes from business, you need someone who can relate to business leaders, and also has the acumen for how business truly operates and can apply that to the city. He has done that beautifully. He’s perfect.”

But there’s another, less apparent quality in Boyles, a grittiness that belies the apparent ease with which he approaches life. The fuller story is that Boyles comes from a broken background and encountered enough setbacks and challenges to fill a couple lifetimes — a disappearing father, an abusive stepfather, becoming a father himself at 17, an early marriage lost to a spouse’s infidelity, a home and business lost to an earthquake, an entire career lost to a national scandal, Enron, he had nothing to do with, and a second career, as an entrepreneur, that began with a fairly epic failure.

Another former mayor, Eric Busch, who is a partner in HazAwayToday.com, said he’s never met a human being with greater perseverance than Boyles.

“I think that his family is the best example of perseverance, as far as being part of a great family, raising his children,” Busch said. “But perseverance — you imagine Sisyphus pushing that rock up the hill and sweating, not having any fun. But when you know Drew he is that guy who is dancing in a blue wig with the guys from 1-800-Got-Junk in the Christmas parade going down Main Street in El Segundo. He has a ton of fun while he’s also performing at a high level. He’s just that guy. Everyone wants to have fun and everyone wants to accomplish something great. He’s mastered the ability to do both.”

“I was at a party, my wife and I, at the Boyles’ house, and he broke out the cardboard and he started breakdancing… Something he learned as a kid in Chicago. He’s just that great guy. He’s got all these hidden skills nobody knows about. That is who he is. He never brags. He’s just always there to help.”

Drew Boyles during his Navy days. Photo courtesy Drew Boyles BROKEN BEGINNINGS Boyles was born in 1970 in Evanston, Illinois. His father, Dave Pushman, was a cab driver who disappeared from Drew’s life when he was four years old. His mother, Val, remarried five years later, to a man named John Boyles. Thus began a time of formative turbulence.

“This guy was super strict, from the South, a Southern Baptist kind of disciplinarian to the fullest extent, really difficult to please,” Boyles said of his stepfather. “So things were really tough — his temper, and getting physical, that kind of thing. Everything kind of came to a head when I was 14… He just exploded. We couldn’t do anything right.”

He’d obtained fireworks for the 4th of July and it greatly upset his stepfather. A physical altercation ensued. It marked both the end of his mother’s marriage and the beginning of a period of outright delinquency in Boyle’s teenage years.

“As soon as he was gone, the reins were cut loose,” Boyles said. “I had a lot of energy and a lot of anger, so I kind of went down the wrong path.”

He’d started high school as an honors student, so bright that he’d skipped an entire grade in elementary school. But as a sophomore, he blew out both his knees playing soccer. Now, on top of his issues with both his fathers, his main outlet, sports, were taken from him.

“It went really south from there,” Boyles said. “I got frustrated, disengaged, more angry, and became interested in all the wrong things — having a great time, friends, girls, all that stuff. I grew up a little too fast.”

He was nearly flunking out of school, but he had enough self-awareness to know he was making a lot of bad decisions. At 16, he applied for and was accepted into the Culver Military Academy, an elite college preparatory school in Indiana. It was a hard school to get into and his family — his mother, grandmother, and sister — were finally proud of something he’d done.

“I quickly realized, ‘I am not mentally prepared for this,’” Boyles recalled. “I was missing my girlfriend and I quit after three days. I don’t have many regrets in my life. This is one of them. Everything else worked out great because of this decision, but at the time it was a real low point. I let my family down.”

It would be the last time he’d let his family down. When he returned home, his options were bleak. He was way behind in school, but he had a guidance counselor who took a special interest in him.

It would be the last time he’d let his family down. When he returned home, his options were bleak. He was way behind in school, but he had a guidance counselor who took a special interest in him.

“I never understood why, because I was such a handful for her,” he said. “It was such a big school it was easy to kind of disappear until you really got into trouble and it was too late.”

The counselor helped devise a plan in which he took independent study classes conducted by mail from the University of Nebraska and could graduate within a few months of his peer group. So he worked painting houses by day, took classes at night. But in the midst of all this, Boyles faced another crisis. His girlfriend Abby was pregnant.  

“I’m 17. She’s 19,” he said. “I’m still in high school. I’m like, ‘Alright, I guess I need to make a major course correction in my life. Clearly a defining moment: time to grow up. So I joined the Navy.”

He graduated a few months after his classmates, in the summer of 1987, and a month later went into the Navy. He scored well on aptitude tests and was placed into an electronics program working on aircraft.

“From the day I went into boot camp and got that transformational buzz cut, where they shave all your hair off — seriously, that was me shedding my old skin,” Boyles said. “That changed my life.”  

That October, nine days into boot camp, he got word that his son, Ryan, had been born.

“He was also born in Evanston, Illinois, and I didn’t get to see him for about seven weeks, even though I was 20 miles away. I had to wait to meet him.”

Everything came into focus. He excelled in boot camp and was assigned to what the Navy called “A” school in Memphis, Tennessee, to learn about aircraft systems electronics. He married Abby. They lived a mile off base; he hitched rides with friends and bicycled back and forth, a motivated young man.

“To go to the grocery store, we’d put Ryan in the buggy, go to the store and put the groceries in the buggy and Ryan on top of the groceries, and then buggy back,” Boyles remembered.

He finished top of his class and received what was considered a plum assignment — shore duty at Miramar base in San Diego, where he worked with an F-14 squad. He settled into both military and family life and in his off hours acquired a new passion, surfing. He and Abby had a second son, Patrick, in 1989. By the age of 20, Boyles was supervising crews. But an ongoing theme in his life is that Boyles is bent on self-improvement. Because he had the rare gift, especially for those newly enlisted, of shore duty, he utilized the Navy’s educational program and enrolled in Southern Illinois University’s extended campus program.

“When I went in to the Navy, I was really, really motivated to provide and to straighten out my life,” he said. “Most people going into the military, especially their first term of enlistment, are not thinking about education.”

He went into an upper level aviation management program with a notion he’d learn to fly. Classes took up every weekend with  professors who would fly out. During the week, Boyles worked graveyard shifts and did school work during the day.

“I’d sometimes sleep for few hours during the middle of the day while the kids were running around the house, these little rugrats,” he recalled.

In 1991, Operation Desert Storm was winding down, and there was a long waiting list for officers training school. Boyles realized reenlistment would mean working on aircraft carriers far away from his kids. He was two classes away from a bachelor’s degree and, for a young guy, already had a track record in managing people. So he again changed his plan. His mother had worked 33 years for the Brunswick Corporation, which had a well-regarded management program.

“It was a two year program and then you’ll be running your own bowling alley,” Boyles said. “I was like, ‘Alright, I’ll do it.’”

He worked as an assistant manager in a bowling alley in San Diego and six months in was handed his own bowling alley, a highly profitable, $3 million operation just north of LA, in Granada Hills. He had 45 employees, most twice his age, some older.

“I’m like this young buck coming in,” he said.

He was living out of hotel looking for a place for his family when he couldn’t get in touch with his wife and “sensed something was up.” He drove down to San Diego to discover she’d gone camping with a surf buddy.

“So I’m like, alright, my marriage is over, certainly in a way more dramatic and painful way than I can describe now,” he said.

He picked up his two boys from a babysitter and took them to LA. He found a cool little house with a swimming pool in Mission Hills and he and the boys made a new life for themselves. His first wife gave him full custody and financial responsibility for the boys. He was thriving with Brunswick, who sent him to an advanced training program in Florida. On the morning of his 24th birthday, January 17, 1994, he woke to word of devastation back home.

“It’s the Northridge earthquake,” he recalled. “I realize, ‘Oh my god, the bowling alley and our house are right in its epicenter.”

Everybody was safe. It took him a few days to get back; LAX had shut down. When he arrived, he received instructions from corporate. They weren’t going to rebuild. He had to layoff all his employees.

“I had employees who had been there 30 years,” Boyles said. “Again, talk about growing up really quickly.”

A friend he’d met at the bowling alley’s league competitions had just left Disney to go work for a new company called Starbucks.

“I’m like Starbucks, what is Starbucks?” Boyles said. “I’ll never forget, I’m interviewing on Ventura Boulevard in Encino and the district manager who is going to interview me for a position in management is running late. So I start drinking cappuccinos not really having ever experienced that before. I had three before she got there and I am talking a mile a minute… She must thought I was crazy because I’m like super highly caffeinated and had to take like three bathroom breaks during the interview like, ‘Excuse me, again?’”

He was hired. He was trained at the Brentwood store where O.J. Simpson and his wife Nicole would frequently arrive, he in his now-famous white Bronco and she in her white Ferrari. It was a reduction in responsibilities and pay from his previous job, but he saw possibilities —  another recurrent them in the life of Drew Boyles — and sure enough he quickly moved from managing the fifth and first busiest of the growing chain’s coffee shops, at 7th and Montana and at Main St. and Hill, both in Santa Monica. He then opened two new stores and became a district manager. Then one day in 1995, on a tip from a Starbucks colleague and friend who’d grown up in Manhattan Beach and knew that Boyles was a surfer,  he drove down to El Segundo. He was looking for a home.

Next month: New beginnings.

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Spoiled Wine Crisis Averted!
 Mar 01, 2018

Wine not protect the planet?

No two words give the Haz Away Today team such pain as “spoiled + wine”. But when over $30,000 of wine goes bad due to an improper heating unit installation, well then the 300+ bottles of lost good times need to be responsibly disposed of. Although we never want to see this type of loss, we were appreciative of the opportunity to properly remove the lost vintage.

Learn about the materials we remove at HazAwayToday.com and call us to pick up your unwanted items today!

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Law Update
 Aug 17, 2017

Are you familiar with the hazardous waste laws in California? Read how California's Governor Brown is cracking down and why you should call HazAwayToday.com to avoid pesky fines.

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Detox Day in Venice on June 3rd!
 May 26, 2017

HazAwayToday.com hits the streets of Venice on Saturday, June 3rd. Residents can now purge their garage of old paint, pesticides, household cleaners, pool chemicals and more and get ride of them in three easy steps. 

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Hazardous Waste Disposal vs. Junk Removal
 Apr 10, 2017

Many people have hazardous waste and junk sitting around their home. Although both categories of items take up unwanted space in the home, the two are not created equal. Each requires different approaches to their removal from the home.

HazAwayToday.com is your licensed partner to safely remove hazardous waste with little impact to the environment while protecting your family from any harm these products can cause. See the list below for common household waste versus junk.

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The Best Tip For Spring Cleaning
 Mar 27, 2017

The best tip for spring cleaning: Call HazAwayToday.com!

It’s the first week of Spring, which means it’s time to do some cleaning. Our tip? Don’t do it alone. The HazAwayToday.com team of certified staff is here to help with same day pick-up. 

Let us clear your home and office of any unwanted and potentially unsafe items such as old paint, household cleaners, cosmetics, lawn care supplies, and more, so you can enjoy a healthy and happy springtime with your friends and family.

Click here to book today.

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Recent Rains Causing Ordinary Items to Harm Our Oceans
 Feb 03, 2017 | HazAwayToday.com

Learn How You Can Do Your Part by Properly Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste

Southern California is seeing record rainfall which means trash and household hazardous waste have made their way into our beloved oceans. According to Heal the Bay, when it rains, water rushes along paved streets, picking up trash, fertilizer, metals, pet waste and automotive fluids (and other hazardous waste) before heading to the ocean via the region’s extensive storm drain system.

Some items that are too toxic to trash often even make their way into our oceans due to storm run-off. Do your part to keep our oceans clean by calling HazAwayToday.com to properly dispose of waste in your home that would normally be poured into a sink or swept away into the streets and storm drains.

Keep your home safe and clean while protecting our planet. Our trucks are out-- rain or shine, and prepared to help you keep our oceans clean. We are the only company that guarantees the safe, legal and sustainable removal of hazardous waste materials from your home or business within 24 hours of booking!

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Rain Creates Urban Run-Off, the Number One Source of Pollution in Ocean and Beaches
 Jan 23, 2017

With the recent rain storms affecting much of Southern California, hundreds of pounds of garbage and household hazardous waste will soon make their way into our oceans.

According to Heal the Bay, Los Angeles County is like a giant concrete bowl tilted toward the sea. When it rains, water rushes along paved streets, picking up trash, fertilizer, metals, pet waste and automotive fluids before heading to the ocean via the region’s extensive storm drain system.

Our HazAwayToday.com trucks are out, rain or shine, and prepared to stop this from happening. We guarantee the safe, legal and sustainable removal of hazardous waste materials from your home or business within 24 hours of booking.

Click here to schedule a pickup and contribute to ensuring our ocean's safety!

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VIDEO: Realtor's Challenge to Remove Hazardous Waste feat. Alex Abad
 Nov 30, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

“Leftover household hazardous waste is a common problem for real estate professionals when closing a home, we’re all confronted with it at some point. Realtors need a partner like this to ensure homes are in the best condition during escrow. Realtors need a partner like this to ensure homes are in the best condition during escrow.” -Realtor Alex Abad, Palm Realty Boutique and Alex Abad Real Estate.

Click here to WATCH THE VIDEO and see how Alex closed escrow without leaving unwanted items behind during a critical closing period.

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Happy Veteran's Day from Founder Drew Boyles, U.S. Navy
 Nov 11, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

Our Founder Drew Boyles enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 as an Aviation Electrician's Mate. He trained in Naval Air Station Miramar for 6 months on naval aviation and electrical systems, where he was top of his class. He was the only student in his class to get a coveted shore duty assignment to Naval Air Station Miramar. There, Drew trained for another 6 months on F-14 Fighter Aircraft, served at a fighter squadron dedicated to training new F-14 aviators. He quickly rose to the rank of E-5, Second Class Petty Officer and was a top troubleshooter, Quality Assurance Inspector and supervisor. He served during Desert Storm and was honorably discharged in October of 1991.

"I feel grateful for the opportunity. In addition to learning how to troubleshoot and repair F-14 aircraft, I learned to lead others, respect our great heritage, advance four times to E-5 / 2nd Class Petty Officer, start and operate F-14 (thrilling to say the least) and earn my B.S. while serving. One of the most memorable periods of my life."-  Drew Boyles


Thank you to all of our Veterans around the world, from HazAwayToday.com.

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Official Press Release
MILESTONE: We've removed 50,000+ lbs. of waste from potentially polluting the SoCal Coastline
 Oct 12, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

HAZAWAYTODAY.COM RESPONSIBLY REMOVES 50,000 LBS. OF WASTE FROM POTENTIALLY POLLUTING THE SOCAL COASTLINE

L.A.-based Household Hazardous Waste Removal Service Offers Most Environmentally-Friendly Solution for Removing Household Hazardous Waste

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Since its inception in late 2015, HazAwayToday.com has safely removed over 50,000 lbs. of hazardous waste from Southern California homes and businesses, helping to protect the coastline from increased pollution. Hundreds of residents and businesses throughout Southern California have relied on HazAwayToday.com to conveniently pick up waste. With HazAwayToday.com services, customers can avoid lines at distant collection sites and prevent toxic spills in vehicles during transport.

“Our service ensures timely pick up and proper disposal of hazardous waste so it doesn’t end up in the trash or down the drain. Many of these toxic items end up in bodies of water such as the Santa Monica Bay—and we’re trying to prevent that,” said Drew Boyles, founder of HazAwayToday.com. “Many people aren’t aware of the dangerous chemicals stored in their properties or the damage that improper disposal causes to the environment.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans discard as much as 69 million gallons of paint each year. That’s millions of gallons of un-recycled paint headed straight for the nation’s landfills. The EPA also estimates that one gallon of improperly disposed paint has the ability to pollute up to 250,000 gallons of water.

In addition to paint, the company collects a wide range of hazardous waste materials, such as cleaning solutions, pesticides, aerosols, colorant solvents, adhesives, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other toxic, ignitable or corrosive materials. The certified staff at HazAwayToday.com spends more than 80 hours in new hire training on the testing, recognition and handling of hazardous waste.

“Our business model gives us an excellent opportunity to educate and serve our community while also minimizing, and even eliminating, negative environmental impacts,” adds Boyles.

HazAwayToday.com guarantees the safe, legal and environmentally sustainable removal of hazardous waste within 24 hours of booking service while avoiding hefty fines and minimizing damage to the planet.

About HazAwayToday.com
HazAwayToday.com, a responsive commercial and residential hazardous waste removal company was founded by Drew Boyles and Eric Busch, entrepreneurs and environmentalists—with a passion for surfing. The company provides customers with an easy, reliable means of removing household hazardous waste in a convenient and environmentally responsible manner. HazAwayToday.com has partnered with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that builds, supports and activates an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. For pricing and more information, visit www.HazAwayToday.com or call (844) 442-9292.

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The MLS Blog
HazAwayToday.com feat. on The MLS Blog!
 Sep 27, 2016 | The MLS Blog

Exclusive: Is There Hazardous Waste in Your Property?

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There’s nothing like a house that’s ready to sell.

The floors sparkle, the light bulbs burn bright, the scent of fresh cookies wafts through the air, and dangerous chemicals threaten to poison anyone who sets foot on the property… Wait, what?

According to Drew Boyles, the founder of waste-removal company HazAwayToday, the problem is more common than you might think. And the removal process itself? Challenging, to say the least.

“Movers, and anyone other than the homeowner, cannot legally remove and transport items like paint cans, pesticides, lights, aerosols, cleaning agents, pool chemicals and other chemicals and hazardous waste,” Boyles explains. “Additionally, in many jurisdictions, individuals cannot transport more than 15 gallons (or more than 125 lbs.) of household hazardous waste in their vehicles.”

And leaving hazardous waste behind is, unfortunately, an all-too-common practice–and that can be dangerous, particularly for the new homeowners. “Oftentimes, these chemicals can be dangerous, especially if they’re exposed to high temperatures,” says Boyles. “Some household items contain flammable and combustible liquids. When exposed to heat, items like pesticides, cleaning supplies, aerosols, chemical sprays and mists, can be dangerous. Additionally, many of these items are toxic to humans and animals.”

Agents should be on the lookout for a wide range of commonly used hazardous waste materials, including:

  • Paint, stains, lacquers, paint thinners, etc.
  • Motor oil, oil filters, car batteries and household batteries
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Aerosols, bug spray, WD-40, etc.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Mercury thermometers or thermostats
  • Pool chemicals
  • Cleaning solutions
  • Bleach and other oxidizers
  • Old TVs, CRTs, and other miscellaneous electronics

If you suspect that your property may be hiding some unwanted materials (and the majority of them do), you can search common areas (such as sinks, garages, sheds, and other storage areas) for evidence of hazardous waste.

Waste removal can be a huge hassle for homeowners, and often includes, according to Boyles, “long lines at infrequent collection sites” and “transporting old paint cans, motor oils, and other items in their personal vehicles.”

In addition, waste removal can be downright dangerous if the homeowner doesn’t know what they’re doing. “Careless and unlawful hazardous waste disposal practices jeopardize safety in your home and the well-being of the planet,” Boyles cautions.

Boyles recommends hiring professionals to take care of the waste instead. The right service will guarantee that the waste materials are removed in a safe, legal, and environmentally sustainable manner, helping the homeowner avoid legal repercussions and minimizing damage to the planet.

For more information about professional waste removal, visit HazAwayToday.com!

Read the full article in themlsblog.com! 

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Realtors: We Pick Up What Movers Don't and Homeowners Leave Behind
 Aug 19, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

REALTORS DISCOVER THE MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Don’t Delay your Escrow due to Leftover Paint and Chemicals, Contact the Nation’s First Household Hazardous Waste Removal Service

EL SEGUNDO, CA-- HazAwayToday.com provides a simple solution to a common problem realtors face—pick up of hazardous waste materials most moving companies and homeowners leave behind within 24-hours of booking. Developed by Drew Boyles and co-founder Eric Busch, HazAwayToday.com offers the safest and most convenient means for handling, removing and disposing dangerous chemicals, household cleaning products and other materials for residential and commercial properties.

“Leftover household hazardous waste is a common problem for real estate professionals when closing a home – we’re all confronted with it at some point,” says realtor Alex Abad at Alex Abad Real Estate and Palm Realty Boutique. “HazAwayToday.com is convenient and affordable. Realtors need a partner like this to ensure homes are in the best condition during escrow.”

“We help realtors close escrow without leaving unsightly, potentially dangerous chemicals and items in garages or sheds during critical closing periods,” said Drew Boyles, founder and CEO of HazAwayToday.com. “Unfortunately, monthly collection site events occur infrequently, making it inconvenient for realtors to get rid of items immediately.”

HazAwayToday.com collects a wide range of hazardous waste materials for realtors, such as:
• Paint, paint thinners
• Motor oil, oil filters, car batteries and household batteries
• Pesticides and herbicides
• Aerosols, bug spray, WD-40, etc.
• Fluorescent light bulbs
• Mercury thermometers or thermostats
• Pool chemicals
• Cleaning solutions
• Old TVs, CRTs, misc. electronics

The certified staff at HazAwayToday.com spends more than 80 hours training on the testing, recognition and handling of hazardous waste. HazAwayToday.com’s certified staff can arrive at a customer’s business within 24 hours after booking online or over the phone.

“Real estate professionals simply point to the hazardous waste that they want removed and experienced hazardous waste specialists weigh, categorize the waste, and safely package and remove it,” adds Boyles. Rates for the service vary based on total weight.”

HazAwayToday.com guarantees that the removal of hazardous waste materials is done in a safe, legal and environmentally sustainable manner to avoid hefty fines and minimize damage to the planet.

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About HazAwayToday.com
HazAwayToday.com, a responsive commercial and residential hazardous waste removal company was founded by Drew Boyles and Eric Busch, entrepreneurs and environmentalists—with a passion for surfing. The company provides customers with an easy, reliable means of removing household hazardous waste in a convenient and environmentally responsible manner. HazAwayToday.com has partnered with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that builds, supports and activates an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. For pricing and more information, visit www.HazAwayToday.com or call (844) 442-9292.

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Protect Yourself Against Heat and Hazardous Waste
 Aug 17, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

Click "Read More" to see 10 importact facts to know about heat and storing hazardous wastes.

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GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT, USE PROMO CODE "SUMMER" BEFORE IT'S GONE!
 Jul 22, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

Summer is still here and it's not too late to get $20 off your first pickup using the "SUMMER" promo code. Let HazAwayToday.com properly remove the items below from your home or office:

☐ Batteries
☐ Paint
☐ Pesticides/Posions/Toxins
☐ Automotive Products
☐ Household Cleaners

If you checked off any of these items, call or book online now at HazAwayToday.com!
It's imperative that you get these hazardous wastes and toxic chemicals out of your environment for your safety and the safety of others. We are trained professionals with a passion to protect the planet one home or business at a time.

*Promo cannot be combined with any other offers.
All information and offers subject to change.

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HazAwayToday.com Launches Waste Pick-Up for Businesses Including Class A Offices and Industrial Complexes
 Jun 06, 2016 | HazAwayToday.com

NATION’S FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND HAZARDOUS WASTE REMOVAL COMPANY EXPANDS INTO COMMERCIAL PICK-UPS

HazAwayToday.com Launches Waste Pick-Up for Businesses Including Class A Offices and Industrial Complexes

EL SEGUNDO, CA (June 6, 2016)– HazAwayToday.com, the nation’s leading hazardous waste removal company, is expanding operations to serve commercial businesses and industrial projects across Southern California. After a successful year of residential pick-ups at homes throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, HazAwayToday.com now offers a safe and convenient means for handling, removing and disposing dangerous chemicals, products and other materials for commercial properties.

“We’re America’s first responsive home hazardous waste removal company and our team is excited to expand into commercial operations to serve businesses,” said Drew Boyles, founder and CEO of HazAwayToday.com. “Careless and unlawful hazardous waste disposal practices jeopardize the environment and well-being of our communities. We want to help businesses remove their hazardous waste materials in a safe, legal and environmentally sustainable manner to avoid hefty fines and minimize damage to the planet. In addition, removal of such products ensures company’s are providing the safest possible working conditions for their employees and reduces the chance for litigation around un-safe work environments.”

The company collects a wide range of hazardous waste materials, such as pesticides, aerosols, paint and colorant solvents, adhesives, batteries, fluorescent bulbs containing mercury, electronic products and other toxic, ignitable or corrosive materials. The certified staff at HazAwayToday.com spends more than 80 hours training on the testing, recognition and handling of hazardous waste.

“My company called HazAwayToday.com because it’s convenient and reliable. Upfront cost and competitive pricing was key in our decision to work with Drew and his team,” said Kristen Morrisette, studio manager at Smoky Hollow Studios, a 7,200 square foot event space in El Segundo. “Smaller companies like us don’t have to have large contracts with pick-up companies and can use HazAwayToday.com on an as-needed basis. Businesses like ours have materials, like leftover paints and cleaning supplies, we can’t throw into trash or recycle. We now have the opportunity to handle potentially hazardous wastes responsibly.”

HazAwayToday.com’s certified staff can arrive at a customer’s business within 24 hours after booking online or over the phone. Customers simply point to the hazardous waste that they want removed and experienced hazardous waste specialists weigh, categorize the waste, and safely package and remove it. Rates for the service vary based on total weight, starting with up to 100 pounds. Contact HazAwayToday for a price consultation.

“Businesses are not always aware of the dangerous chemicals within their properties or the damage that improper disposal causes to the environment,” said Boyles. “Our expansion into commercial pick-ups gives us an excellent opportunity educate and serve our community.”

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About HazAwayToday.com
HazAwayToday.com, a responsive commercial and residential hazardous waste removal company, was founded in June 2015 by Drew Boyles and Eric Busch, surfers, entrepreneurs and residents of El Segundo, Calif. The company provides customers with an easy, reliable means of removing household hazardous waste in a convenient and environmentally responsible manner. HazAwayToday.com will be taking its business model nationwide – “Protecting our planet, one home at a time.” HazAwayToday.com has partnered with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that builds, supports and activates an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. For further information regarding the company, please visit www.HazAwayToday.com or call (844) 442-9292.

Media Contact:
Anne Milo
Paolucci Salling & Martin Communication Arts
o: (310) 791-2755 ext. 319
c: (562) 810-3016
e: amilo@psmcommarts.com

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HazAwayToday.com’s Drew Boyles Tackles the Dangers of Household Hazardous Waste
 May 04, 2016

Drew Boyles was recently interviewed on the Green Business Podcast Show. Listen to the podcast with host Eric Dye as they discuss:
• Dangers of improper disposal
• Examples of hazardous waste
• How you can reduce the risks of household hazardous waste
... And more!

LISTEN NOW!

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Hazardous Waste Causes Irreversible Damage to Our Planet
 Apr 22, 2016 | Infographic

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. But here at HazAwayToday.com we celebrate our planet all year long. We even have a partnership with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that builds, supports and activates an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. 

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be found in our homes in the form of liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They include commercial products, such as cleaning fluids or pesticides, and some by-products of manufacturing processes. 

Learn about how improper disposal of hazardous waste affects our environment:

 

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Dangers of Household Hazardous Waste
 Mar 11, 2016 | Infographic

With spotty rainstorms affecting much of Southern California, hundreds of pounds of garbage and hazardous waste are making their way into our oceans. But it’s not just El Nino polluting our local beaches and endangering septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems. Household hazardous wastes are often disposed of improperly by pouring wastes down the sink or toilet, on the ground, into storm sewers, or tossing them out with the trash.

Learn more about the dangers of household hazardous waste in our infographic:

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It's Not Too Early for Spring Cleaning, Use Promo Code: SPRINGCLEAN
 Feb 24, 2016

Get a head start on your Spring Cleaning! We will be saying goodbye to the winter and ushering in the new season, March 20. For many, spring cleaning means some severe decluttering, reorganization, scrubbing and purging. Keeping household hazardous materials is not only dangerous for your kids, pets and loved ones at home, but for the environment as well.

Do you have any of these Household Hazardous Waste Materials in your home?

• Paint

• Pesticides

• Automotive Products

• Household Cleaners

• Aerosols

If so, let us help you clear your house of any unwanted hazardous waste.  We’re also offering a special promo code “SPRINGCLEAN” for $20 off your first pickup! Our certified professionals can answer any of your questions, reach us by calling (844) 442.9292 of visit www.HazAwayToday.com.

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HazAwayToday.com Weighs in: Flint, Michigan
 Feb 12, 2016

High levels of lead have plagued Flint, Michigan’s municipal water supply for at least a year, prompting extensive emergency measures to keep residents safe. The disaster has also resulted in massive costs to municipalities- both financially and in terms of tax-payer trust. In the United States today, the average household stores up to 10 gallons of hazardous material. Improperly labeled and stored materials can pose a threat to families and particularly to young children. But in the case of our water, improperly disposed of hazardous waste can pollute our waterways.

Household hazardous wastes are sometimes disposed of improperly by pouring wastes down the sink or toilet, on the ground, into storm sewers, or tossing them out with the trash. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the dangers of such disposal methods may not be immediately obvious, but certain types of household hazardous waste have the potential to:

• cause physical injury to sanitation workers
• contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets
• pollute bodies of water if poured ino storm sewers
• present hazards to children and pets if left around the house
• contaminate ground water and surface water that is used as a source of drinking water if sent to unprotected landfills

So how can local residents take a proactive approach to keeping water supplies safe?

For your personal safety, know the hazards of the materials you're working with. Read the labels, request material safety data sheets (MSDS) on new products, know what precautions, and know what safety gear and clean up procedures are advised. Relying on the expertise of hazardous waste removal companies can save you the time and the trouble, so considering calling your local professionals. HazAwayToday.com offers a safe and convenient means for handling, removing and disposing dangerous chemicals, products and other materials. Historically, residents have had to handle and load hazardous waste into their personal vehicles and drive to a collection center during limited weekend hours.

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HazAwayToday.com, the Nation’s First Residential Hazardous Waste Removal Company Launches SoCal Operations
 Jan 22, 2016

Local Homeowners Get First Opportunity to Have Hazardous Waste Removed and Responsibly Disposed Quickly, Easily, and Cost-Effectively

EL SEGUNDO, CA– HazAwayToday.com, the nation’s first residential hazardous waste removal company, has launched operations throughout Southern California. The El Segundo-based company serves residents of Los Angeles and Orange Counties by providing home hazardous waste removal.

The company, the first of its kind, offers a safe and convenient means for handling, removing and disposing dangerous chemicals, products and other materials. Historically, residents have had to handle and load hazardous waste into their personal vehicles and drive to a collection center during limited weekend hours.

“There hasn’t been a convenient option for residential hazardous waste removal because of daunting regulations,” said co-founder Drew Boyles, CEO, HazawayToday.com. “We spent three years studying, understanding and structuring our business model to the regulations.”

The company collects a wide range of hazardous waste materials, such as paints, toxic chemicals, household cleaners, aerosols, bleaches, flammables, batteries, pesticides, automotive supplies, and more. The certified staff at HazAwayToday.com spends more than 80 hours training on the testing, recognition and handling of hazardous waste. Furthermore, HazAwayToday.com goes to great lengths to ensure that the waste collected is treated in the least environmentally invasive method available.

“My co-founder Eric Busch and I are long-time surfers and concerned environmentalists who intend to reduce the amount of hazardous waste that is on our planet,” adds Boyles. “While this will take years to achieve, we are developing strategies now to make this a reality.”

HazAwayToday.com’s certified staff will arrive at a customer’s home within 24 hours of the order after booking online or over the phone. Customers simply point to the hazardous waste that they want removed and experienced hazardous waste specialists weigh, categorize the waste, and safely package and remove it. Rates for the service vary based on total weight, starting with up to 100 pounds for only $139.

“Many people probably aren’t aware of the dangerous chemicals within their home,” said Boyles. “We want to educate the marketplace and ensure that this waste is removed in the most environmentally-responsible way,” says Boyles.

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About HazAwayToday.com

HazAwayToday.com, America’s first responsive home hazardous waste removal company, was founded in June 2015 by Drew Boyles and Eric Busch, surfers, entrepreneurs and residents of El Segundo, Calif. The company provides customers with an easy, reliable means of removing household hazardous waste in a convenient and environmentally responsible manner. HazAwayToday.com will be taking its business model nationwide – “Protecting our planet, one home at a time.”

HazAwayToday.com has partnered with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that builds, supports and activates an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. For further information regarding the company, please visit www.HazAwayToday.com or call (844) 442-9292.

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Anne Milo, Public Relations
PS&M for Hazawaytoday.com
c: (562) 810-3016
e: amilo@psmcommarts.com

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Waste Remover At Your Disposal
 Jan 21, 2016 | Subrina Hudson

Throwing away hazardous materials such as old paint cans, batteries and household cleaners is no one’s idea of a fun time, especially for homeowners who must schlep the messy junk to a local collection center.

That’s why co-founders Drew Boyles and Eric Busch last month launched HazAwayToday.com, an El Segundo disposal service.

Boyles said the company is the first to pick up dangerous chemicals, products and other materials directly from people’s homes, making it easier for them to get rid of these substances in an environmentally friendly way.

“I always knew there was this unmet need,” Boyles said. “Customers have said, ‘It’s about time.’ We’ve helped people who had a family member pass and needed to clean their home.”

Customers in Los Angeles and Orange County can call or book the service online and a technician will arrive at the customer’s home within 24 hours of the order. The technician will collect and dispose of the waste and fill out the required government paperwork.

And if you’ve got an old jar filled with suspicious-looking liquid sitting around, technicians can run a test to see if it’s toxic. HazAwayToday charges $1.39 a pound with a minimum charge of $89.

Boyles said the materials are taken to a collection facility in Long Beach.

Disposal of hazardous waste, he explained, is a highly regulated industry. It took three years of research and planning before the company could launch.

“A lot of things had to happen to ensure the regulatory agencies that we had the right procedures and safety protocols in place,” he said.

HazAwayToday has already serviced about 100 residential customers, he said, but it also plans to help small to midsize businesses. An expansion into Northern California and other states is also planned.

“We both care about the environment,” said Boyles. “We need to do more to educate (people because) if they put this in the trash can it is going to end up in a landfill.”

- Subrina Hudson

 Link to article on Los Angeles Business Journal (subscription required): http://www.labusinessjournal.com/news/2015/oct/12/waste-remover-your-dis...

 

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Founder Drew Boyles feat. in "El Segundo earns 'Most Business Friendly' award"
 Dec 16, 2015 | Mark McDermott

For the second time in less than a decade, El Segundo has been named the “Most Business Friendly City” among the 88 cities of Los Angeles County.

EDAC chair Drew Boyles is the founder of several local and regional businesses, including 1800-GOT JUNK and HazawayToday.com, as well as the regional director of Entrepreneurs Organization. He admits, however, that he was initially skeptical of the development council.

“To me, I’ve always scoffed at the notion of public-private partnerships,” Boyles said. “But it’s really working in this situation.”

Significant aspects of the city’s current economic boom grew out of ideas originally aired at EDAC, including an emphasis on better marketing the city that resulted a public relations campaign led by PSM Communications that has helped draw a lot of attention to El Segundo. At any given meeting of the 18-member council, Boyles said, a wide range of topics that helps the city set its course are discussed in a freewheeling manner that has helped build creative momentum and attract businesses. The last meeting, for example, featured a speaker from the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, which helped recruit Tesla’s $5 billion dollar battery “Gigafactory” to the area.

“We take a lot of ‘best practices’ in terms of economic development from speakers like this, and some of those ideas get put into practice here,” Boyles said. “We are always hearing from leading edge thinkers…And it’s really made a difference.”

Another outgrowth of EDAC is the arrival of the prestigious business incubator Starburst Accelerator, which had great success in Paris and chose El Segundo as its second location. This happened, in typical El Segundo fashion, because the founders called and two days later were presenting at an EDAC meeting. Continental Development president Richard Lundquist offered the firm office space on the spot, and now, less than a year later, Starburst has arrived —  last week, the firm held a “pitch contest” in which several cutting edge fledgling tech companies sought support and funding for new ideas to an audience that included venture capitalists, other startups, and aerospace titans such as Northrop and Boeing.

“So it’s already started to attract more entrepreneurial attention,” Boyles said. “They are going to bring in more companies.”

The best, Boyles said, is likely yet to come.

“For me, there is just this incredible energy here, because you’ve got this huge variety of businesses, in terms of both size and industries,” he said. “When you are an entrepreneur, it makes it really exciting to have all this inspiration around you.”

Read the full article here:http://www.easyreadernews.com/116842/el-segundo-most-business-friendly-c...

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Founder Drew Boyles feat. in "The surge in El Segundo"
 Sep 10, 2015 | Mark McDermott

El Segundo balances growth with its hometown character to emerge as the South Bay’s most vital city.

El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter relishes the opportunity to give tours in the town he manages and grew up in. These tours, in Carpenter’s city-issued 2004 Crown Victoria sedan, have been occurring with increasing frequency over the last few years.

As Carpenter steers visitors through his city, he almost invariably hears the same two comments: “I had no idea this was here.” And then, a bit later, “I want to be here.”

El Segundo is experiencing a wave of development, the magnitude of which is unlike anything seen in recent South Bay history. El Segundo has very quickly become the area’s most economically vital city. More than $1 billion in investment, representing eight million square feet of new office, retail, and amenity space, has been recently built or is underway within the the city’s five square miles. The transformation rivals the area’s post World War II aerospace expansion in the middle of the last century.

EDAC chairman Drew Boyles said that El Segundo has just begun. He recalled a conversation with Aerospace Corporation CEO Wanda Austin in which he speculated that the city could boast at least 800 PhDs in its workforce.

“Wait,” she said. “I have over 800 Phds in my facility alone.”

“So our number was way off,” Boyles said. “There is so much intellectual brainpower in this city, and now you bring in this incubator, Starburst Accelerator, that everyone on the planet wanted to land, that has been so successful already in Paris. That is going to be huge for all the LA area, let alone El Segundo itself. The innovation that will happen here is mind boggling.”

Read full article in Beach Magazine here: http://www.easyreadernews.com/108941/el-segundo-economic-development/

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