El Cerrito, or “little hill” in Spanish, was a cow town in its infancy. Back in the early years, before it was incorporated in 1917, there were more cows in the town than people. In fact, dairies and chicken farms, dotted its hillsides and what is now the main thoroughfare known as San Pablo, was an unpaved highway for cows, as farmers and ranchers would drive large herds down it to the slaughter houses on Central Avenue. The quaint strip mall on Fairmount Avenue was once upon a time a corral and ranchers drove their cattle there to be shipped by rail.

Our Junk Removal Truck in El Cerrito

Our Junk Removal Truck in El Cerrito

The town was sleepy hollow, until the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco brought refugees there who helped the town grow to 1500 by 1917. When the town incorporated at that time, first on the agenda was to tax the saloons, there were nearly twenty, to pay for municipal staff, such as a clerk, marshal, and treasurer.

The saloons (mostly along San Pablo avenue) are long gone and the town has slowly grown to almost 26,000 residents (as of the 2020 census). Located in Contra Costa County, California, El Cerrito sits across from San Francisco on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay. Its gentle hills boast serene views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Tiburon, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. Currently there are over 10,258 households in the city proper. Parks in the city include sports and recreation parks and natural areas, such as the 80-acre Hillside Natural Area open space. The city has also demonstrated a commitment to reuse and recycling, sponsoring city wide garage sales since 1990 and banning the use of single-use bags starting in 2014.

Garbage & Recycling Services

The City of El Cerrito manages its own curbside collection of recyclables, as well as a drop-off recycling collection center, for residents and businesses.

Services provided to El Cerrito residents include:

  • Weekly curbside collection services
  • Drop-off and other collection services:
    • Once annual free collection of extra materials recyclables, green waste, or garbage from your home
  • Special Recycling Events:
    • Periodic electronics recycling collection events
    • Biannual citywide garage sales

The El Cerrito Recycling Center

El Cerrito also has a Recycling Center where residents can drop off a wide array of bulkier, unwanted items but there are limits to what can be accepted. Some of the items that will be refused include:

  • Refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers
  • Paint of any kind
  • Automotive tires
  • Yard waste (wood, grass clippings), dirt, ashes
  • Mattresses, box springs and futons
  • Glassware, mirrors, ceramics, and pyrex
  • Waxed paper or cardboard
  • VHS Tapes

*For a full list, please visit the Recycling Center’s website.

If you live in El Cerrito or the surrounding area, and you have bulk items, extra garbage, construction debris, unwanted electronics, discarded furniture, or other items not suitable for standard trash or recycling pick-up by the city, contact Fast Haul as we provide the following services:

Residential Junk Removal and Trash Hauling in El Cerrito

Fast Haul comes to your home and removes all your junk; With your guidance, our hauling junk removal experts will separate out the trash and haul it away. We’ll even clean up after we’re done!

Commercial Junk Removal and Trash Hauling in El Cerrito

Because Fast Haul recycles most of the garbage we haul, your trash will be dealt with in a clean sustainable way. Fast Haul regularly works with local real estate companies, schools, property management companies, and government agencies as well as non-profit organizations.

Electronic Waste Hauling in El Cerrito

Nowadays, electronic waste, or e-waste, is a huge percentage of America’s waste stream, especially in such a tech-oriented place as the San Francisco Bay Area. Fast Haul recycle all of your unwanted junk, including electronic waste such as TVs, computers, VCRs, DVD players, copy and fax machines, cell phones and most items containing circuit boards and electronic elements.

We offer our hauling and junk removal services to El Cerrito and the entire San Francisco Bay Area!

Contact Fast Haul, the El Cerrito junk removal experts for all your bulky/large item pickup needs!


  • Mattresses & sofa hauling
  • Office furniture, cubicles & equipment hauling
  • Hot tub & spa removal & hauling
  • Swimming pool removal & hauling
  • Large equipment hauling
  • Yard waste hauling & cleanup
  • Earthquake damage clean up & hauling
  • Fire damage clean up & hauling
  • Flood damage clean up & hauling
  • Dirt & concrete removal & hauling


Our West Bay office:

2350 Carquinez Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(415) 665-0800


San Francisco:
1459 18th Street #217
San Francisco, CA 94107

2222 E.30th Street
Oakland, CA 94602

San Rafael:
454 Las Gallinas Avenue #201
San Rafael, CA 94903

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The easiest way to hire the number 1 junk removal company in the San Francisco Bay Area is to schedule an appointment online. In fact, not only it is easy, but a Fast Haul representative will come out to your job site to do a free estimate.

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Because Fast Haul recycles most of what we remove or haul, your debris or unwanted appliances will be dealt with in a clean, sustainable way.

All of the paper, metal and recyclable items go to the recycle/reuse centers and all of the box debris goes to an approved transfer station for sorting and recycling; we truly are an environment friendly company helping keep the waters of the Bay Area clean! We specialize in Green hauling services.


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