The city of Petaluma will be holding a “Petaluma River Cleanup” after awareness has spread concerning residents and businesses using the river as a dumping ground for their waste. Steve Jette, a 65-year-old retired Petaluma resident and volunteer at the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, regularly venture out to the Petaluma River and find all sort of hazardous waste including construction debris, fast food trash, old computers, printers, vacuum cleaners, car seats, tires and more. These electronics can discharge chemicals into the stream and large-size trash can block the flow of water increasing the risk of flood during rainy season. Some of the trash found are submerged in the river while others can noticeably be seen from the river bank, defiling the beauty of this community park. Although, there is a rise for environmental conservation, unlawful waste disposal still persist today. On May 4, 2013, a local organization, Friends of the Petaluma River, is arranging a community clean-up to help sort and properly dispose garbage found at the river. Jette also wants residents to look for waste sites near the area and report what they find to him or to the authorities.
Fast Haul advocates for proper waste disposal and keeping the environment clean and green. Therefore, Fast Haul have been providing construction debris removal, debris clean-up, electronic recycling and trash removal services to Bay Area cities including Petaluma in order to make it more convenient and cost-effective for residents to properly dispose their waste and not have to resort to unlawful and harmful practices.