The off-coastal town of San Rafael offers the best of both worlds, combining the pulse of a lively, urban downtown and the laid-back, sleepy atmosphere of small town life. Nestled between the coast and the San Francisco Bay (in Marin County), and shielded by a curtain of gentle hills on both sides, the town’s modest population of 61,271 (as of 2020) enjoys much milder (Mediterranean) weather than its San Francisco counterparts a mere 15 minutes away.

Our Junk hauling truck in San Rafael

Our Junk hauling truck in San Rafael

The city has often been sprinkled with stardust, first as the home of the iconic theater filmed in the movie American Graffiti, which was deemed so “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress, that they selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry (1995), but more prominently as the home of George Lucas’ film companies, Lucasfilm and LucasArts, which created the blockbuster Star Wars franchise.

Waste Management Policy in San Rafael

With this pedigree, it is no wonder that the city takes pride in maintaining its bucolic charm through proper disposal of waste and refuse. The city has clear ordinances governing the proper methods for dumping, burying, accumulation, storage, burning, transportation, and disposal of solid wastes and recyclables. And it is important to note that these ordinances are not uniform and can vary greatly from other cities and/or counties within the SF Bay Area.

City ordinance 9.19.040 prohibits anyone from keeping, depositing, burying, burning or disposing of any solid waste in a manner not sanctioned by the city. While that ordinance is pretty standard fare, you may not be aware that according to the code on “Dumping or Burying”(9.19.050), it is illegal to “dump, place or bury in any lot, land or street or alley within the city any solid waste,” without having a solid waste facilities permit or exemption from that permit issued by the local enforcement agency.

San Rafael is a No-Hoarder Zone

In a nod to the hoarder in all of us, there is an ordinance against “accumulation“. It states that no resident of the city, “shall allow any solid waste to accumulate or remain in or upon the building, lot or premises, in a manner that creates a public nuisance,” and that, “containers shall be filled in a manner that prevents the contents from overflowing and allows the cover to fit securely.” As overflowing refuse is justifiably deemed a public health violation, owners must arrange to upgrade their collection service to prevent this from occurring, should they have more refuse than the provided receptacles will contain.

Keeping San Rafael, the picturesque valley town that it is might require the services of a qualified junk removal provider from time to time. If you live in the San Rafael 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, contact Fast Haul as we provide the following services:

Residential Junk Removal and Trash Hauling in San Rafael

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 San Rafael

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 San Rafael

Nowadays, electronic waste, or e-waste, is a huge percentage of America’s waste stream. Fast Haul can recycle all of your unwanted junk, including electronic waste such as TVs, computers/laptops, DVD players, printers and copy machines, smart phones, tablets, routers and most items containing circuit boards and electronic elements.

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

Contact Fast Haul, the San Rafael 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:

1459 18th Street #217
San Francisco, CA 94530
(415) 665-0800


El Cerrito:
2350 Carquinez Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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 San Rafael junk removal company 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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