We spotted an ad for Ecohaul on a bus shelter this morning in Berkeley.
Looks like they're a Bay Area hauling service that promises to be greener than the rest. The prices are reasonable, if not cheap, and they promise to take stuff the donation services won't touch...
...such as mattresses, for example. When a contractor walked off our remodeling job and left a bunch of waste, we used 1-800-GOT-JUNK, a similar hauling service in Portland, Oregon, and it's worth every penny to see a backbreaking pile of junk cheerfully removed and sorted for efficient disposal, donation, reuse, and recycling.
Ecohaul's FAQ claims they divert the "highest percentage" of junk from the landfill... but you should take that with a grain of salt. Some things simply can't be reused or recycled, and it's in any hauling company's best interest to put as little in the landfill as possible. That's because it's expensive to throw things away, whereas scrappers will buy things like waste wood and carpet... but only in large quantities. Most large-scale junk haulers have sorting centers, which increase overhead. That guy running a cheap hauling service with just one truck? He's likely headed straight to the landfill.
If you've used Ecohaul or 1-800-GOT-JUNK, let us know what you thought of the service.