Over 85% of Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) businesses reduce waste and often cost by subscribing to recycling service.  What else can your business do to reduce cost and waste?  Start organics (compost) collection and become a 4R Star!

How is this possible?  In CVSan, collection rates for organics and recycling cart services are cheaper than garbage, which can add up to a lot of savings.  CVSan’s Commercial Recycling and Organics programs are supported by our contracted collector Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC).  In addition to collecting all of your organics, recycling, and garbage, WMAC also has a Recycling Coordinator that works with CVSan staff to assist your business in all of its waste reduction needs. 

The goal of the program is to make it easier and more convenient for you to see results in reducing waste and save money along the way.  Services are available Monday through Saturday and pick-up is as early as 4:00 a.m. (a little later for businesses that are within 200 feet of a residence). 

Training Movies are Here!  Please click here to view all 4 CVSan Commercial Business Organics and Recycling training movies.  These are short and sweet movies, and can be used as introductions or refreshers to help your business continue to reduce waste.

El Rancho Supermercado, a 4R Star Business Since 2013


WMAC and CVSan are available for assessments by appointment to help you fine tune your waste reduction efforts and save money.  Please call CVSan at 510-537-0757 if you’d like to receive a free assessment to assist your business.

Please see the menu below for links to helpful CVSan commercial resources:

Organics Services

Recycling Services

Container and Signage Donations

Technical Assistance and Training

The 4R Business, 4R Planet Award Program

Castro Valley's 4R Star Businesses

Green Business Program

Recycles Day 

Hazardous Waste (Small Business Generator Program)



What’s a 4R Star?

Become a “4R Star” with CVSan’s “4R Business, 4R Planet” Award Program

To recognize and reward businesses for being a company where green practices are business as usual, CVSan implemented the 4R Business, 4R Planet Award Program in 2009.  The 4R Business, 4R Planet program certifies “4R Star” businesses that complete ongoing activities in each of the 4R categories – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (organics).  CVSan businesses that recycle and add organics service are most likely already completing all 4Rs.  Businesses that certify, for a limited time, receive a cash incentive up to $525!  4R Star businesses are also periodically recognized in the Castro Valley Forum, through news releases, events, and on our website all at no cost to them.

How do I Become a 4R Star 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.


California’s New Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

What You Need To Know

Information about the new law:

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: 

  1. Subscribe to a basic level of recycling and organics service that includes collection from Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC),
  2. Self-haul to the Davis Street Transfer Station, and/or
  3. 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.

For more information about ACWMA’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance, please visit www.RecyclingRulesAC.org. For more information about AB 341, please visit CalRecycle’s website


Polystyrene Ban

polystyrene containers

Since January 1, 2016, an Alameda County Ordinance has required restaurants and establishments that serve food to no longer give out polystyrene* foam (commonly referred to as styrofoam) serveware and containers.  Instead, those that sell food need to provide compostable, recyclable, or reusable serveware and containers.  Restaurant patrons can help by bringing your own containers for takeout.  If you already do this, thanks & keep it up!

*Note: according to the Ordinance, “styrene, a component of polystyrene, is a known hazardous substance and is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”).  Polystyrene commonly used in food packaging is not biodegradable and is a common environmental pollutant.”

Commercial Services and Green Resource Guide 2014-2019