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Petaluma’s Garbage Hauling Cycle

May 21st, 2013

seal of the city of petalumaIn the city of Petaluma, most residents are unaware of where their trash goes to. According to Rob Repetto, route manager at Petaluma Refuse and Recycling, details the process of how trash is picked up to where it is disposed or recycled.

Petaluma produces approximately 50,000 tons of trash and recyclables each year. Petaluma trash goes through a simple recycling process in which it is hauled away to decompose at the local Redwood landfill. Petaluma recyclables however, takes a longer process. The recyclables are first stored at a warehouse located on Petaluma Boulevard South to be eventually hauled and shipped to Santa Rosa sorting facility. After the recyclables are sorted into glass, plastic, metal and paper categories they are then sold to companies in the U.S. and from around the world. Petaluma also accrues organic waste in which Petaluma Refuse and Recycling will collect and haul away to the Central Sonoma County Landfill.

Repetto say their slip-body trucks, which allows them to carry garbage and recyclables in separate compartments, have made collecting and hauling trash more efficient and faster as about one truck can cover over 800 residence a day.

Fast Haul also provides fast and professional junk removal and hauling in the city of Petaluma. As well, Fast Haul dispose, sort and recycle their trash collections in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly manner. Our staff members will happily inform customers on where their trash to heading and how it will be properly disposed.


Environmentalists Seek to Block Landfill Expansion in Petaluma

March 25th, 2013
Redwood Landfill Aerial

Redwood Landfill Aerial

Redwood Landfill, owned by Waste Management of Houston, and a destination point for junk and garbage from Petaluma and Sonoma, is seeking to expand their site by 50%. The state recycling agency, CalRecycle, gave approval to the expansion in 2008, but was halted due to lawsuits filed by an environmentalist group, No Wetlands Landfill Expansion. No Wetlands Landfill Expansion argues that Redwood Landfill is situated on a marsh, home to a number of species, and additional waste would cause sea level to rise putting the surrounding area at risk of flood. A Marin County judge sided with No Wetlands Landfill Expansion, stating Waste Management have failed to “fully analyze the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and health impacts such as acute respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis and asthma.”

“Redwood is owned by Houston-based Waste Management, the largest waste disposal company in the United States. It is also working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.”

Waste Management argues that opponents want to export their waste to another city’s landfill than keep it locally. Waste Management “has also been working on several waste diversion and alternative energy projects at the site, including a plant that would convert methane from garbage into energy and then sold to consumers, and a recycling facility for construction materials.” The case is now in appellate court and will be addressed next year.

Fast Haul is a proponent of environmental causes while also recognizing the need to find sustainable and responsible solutions for hauling a disposing of unwanted junk and garbage. Fast Haul’s goal with their junk hauling services include minimizing their carbon footprint in Marin, Petaluma, and throughout the Bay Area.


Debris Cleanup in Petaluma

March 21st, 2013
Kayakers enjoying the Petaluma River Photo Source: David "Thorne" Luckhardt

Kayakers enjoying the Petaluma River
Photo Source: David “Thorne” Luckhardt

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.


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