- WHO WE ARE
- Board of Directors
- Center Street Project
- Employment Opportunities
- Public Outreach
- Request for Proposals
- Who We Are
- SOLID WASTE
- Collection & Curbside Services
- 4R Star Business
- Bag-It Bags and Paper Garden Bags
- Bulky Goods Pick-Up
- Commercial and Business Organics and Recycling
- Construction & Demolition
- E-Waste (Electronic Waste)
- Food Scrap Recycling
- Holiday Tree Recycling
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Mattress Recycling
- Multi-Family Recycling
- Plant Debris Landfill Ban
- Recycling Guides
- Residential Recycling
- Route Maps
- Street Cans
- Used Motor Oil & Filter Recycling
- Waste Management of Alameda County
- What Do I Do With...
- Reduce Waste
- Community & Education
- Alameda County Resources
- Build Your Own Sign
- Community Group Outreach Application
- Davis Street Transfer Station Tour (DSTS)
- Donation & Supply Request Form
- Earth Day
- Event Recycling
- Green Hearts
- LeaR4n Workshops
- Monthly Department Updates
- Repair Workshops
- School Programs
- Collection & Curbside Services
- Call Us First
- Collection System Maintenance
- Dental Amalgam Program
- Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program
- How to Dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease
- Kids Games
- Lateral Replacement Grant Program
- Permits and Fees
- Private Sewer Lateral Program
- Sanitary Sewer Management Plan
- Standard Drawings
- CONTACT US
4R Business, 4R Planet Program - Reduce
Reduce means actions taken before waste is generated to either reduce or completely prevent the generation of waste.
Some common Reduce options at Castro Valley businesses include:
- Using reusable dishes and utensils and to replace disposables.
- Using reusable sauce and condiment dispensers instead of disposables.
- Institute a policy of printing double-sided as the default.
- Reduce junk mail at work. For more information, go to http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/nwpc/bizjunkmail.htm.
- Work with a supplier to ship deliveries to your business in returnable containers.
- Eliminate unnecessary forms. Double-side forms or redesign them to fit on a half sheet.
- Allow Stopwaste Partnership staff to conduct a thorough on-site assessment of your facility.
- Institute an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) policy. Go to Stopwaste for more information on EPP: www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=734.
- Do a thorough database sweep with an eye to reducing waste, by removing duplicate names and out-of-date entries from mailing lists.
- If there is a lawn on your property, work with your landscaping contractor to begin “grasscycling”—the practice of leaving clippings on the lawn while mowing. For more information, see http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Organics/GrassCycling/.
For more waste prevention tips, go to http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Bizwaste/QuickTip.htm.
Provide sauce and condiment dispensers to reduce packaging waste.
How Do I Become a 4R Star?
Start and maintain at least one activity in each of the following categories (click the links below to find out more about each “R” for your business):
Over 50 businesses have already become 4R Stars and received their award and recognition. Support your local 4R Star businesses – Click here for the directory of certified businesses.
Are you ready to apply for 4R Star certification?
Complete the 4R Business, 4R Planet Program application and submit to CVSan.
Businesses that successfully complete the 4R Business, 4R Planet Award Program requirements earn their 4R Stars. 4R Star businesses will receive:
- A cash award ranging from $150 to $525 (depending on business size and level of waste diversion).
- An award certificate to display with pride.
- One (1) free advertisement in the Castro Valley Forum.
- And more!
Eligible businesses include all businesses located within the CVSan boundaries including preschools. K-Adult schools and home-based businesses are not eligible to become certified 4R Stars at this time, however they may participate in the Alameda County Green Business Program.
Every 3 years, each 4R Star will be notified of quick and easy recertification procedures.