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Commercial and Business Recycling
Over 85% of Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) businesses reduce waste and often cost by subscribing to recycling service. If you are not recycling, please call CVSan at 510-537-0757 to set up a free and quick site assessment to start reducing waste and cost. In CVSan, collection rates for recycling cart service are cheaper than garbage, which can add up to a lot of savings for your business. If you are already paying for 3 cubic yards of garbage service per week or less, recycling is included. So CVSan can help you maximize your bundled service.
Patelco Credit Union (4R Star Business Since 2012) recycles in blue bins all around their branch.
What is recycling, really? It’s a lot more than you might think. Click here to view our helpful flyer for all of the many things that go in the recycling cart or bin. CVSan’s Commercial Recycling program provides everything you may need to successfully recycle as much as possible. Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) and CVSan are available for assessments by appointment to help you fine tune your waste reduction and save money. Please call CVSan at 510-537-0757 to get started.
Please see the menu below for links to helpful CVSan commercial resources:
California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law and the Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance
What You Need To Know
Information about the new laws:
With the passage of (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]), California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills. According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California, with much of the commercial sector materials disposed in landfills readily recyclable. AB 341 also establishes a state-wide goal to divert 75% of solid waste away from landfill by the year 2020.
In 2012, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) introduced the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance 2012-01 to expand on the State recycling law. The Ordinance is designed to help Alameda County reach the long-term goal of reducing waste by ensuring that recyclables and compostables make up less than 10 percent of material sent to landfill by 2020.
Mandatory recycling in the Castro Valley Sanitary District service area has been effective since July 1, 2014 for all businesses and institutions, as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units.
Recyclable Materials covered by the Ordinance include: newspaper, white paper, mixed recyclable paper, recyclable glass food and beverage containers, metal (aluminum and steel) food and beverage containers, PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastic bottles.
Effective January 1, 2016, businesses and institutions that generate “significant” quantities of organics such as restaurants and grocery stores and for multi-family properties, organics (food scraps, compostable paper, and plant debris) must also be kept separate from the garbage.
For a limited time, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority is offering free indoor green bins to qualifying Alameda County businesses and institutions, for the collection of food scraps, compostable paper and plant debris (“organics”). A variety of containers and lids are available–up to a value of $500 per approved business! Apply at www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/containers.
Arrange for recycling service:
Businesses and multi-family complexes in Castro Valley Sanitary District shall separate recyclable materials from garbage and choose from one or more of the following options:
Subscribe to a basic level of recycling and organics service that includes collection from Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC),
Self-haul to the Davis Street Transfer Station, and/or
Arrange for the pick-up of the recyclable materials from a person or vendor that does not charge for service. If you do this, please click here for the form you must submit to CVSan to qualify for an exemption from recycling service. You will also need to submit a Certification of Recycling Service form to ACWMA.
A property owner of a commercial business or multi-family complex may require tenants to separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance with this section.
Call the CVSan Solid Waste Department at (510) 537-0757 to set up a free site assessment and sign-up for recycling services.