L-R, CVSan Board Member Ralph Johnson (center in blazer jacket), General Manager Roland Williams, and Solid Waste Supervisor Naomi Lue were recognized at the August 12thState of Organics in California event at the State Capitol as a public agency who is a champion in successfully meeting the organic materials recycling challenge.
Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) was recognized on August 12, 2014 as a public agency who is a champion in successfully meeting the organic materials recycling challenge in partnership with Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. CVSan is a California Special District providing wastewater and solid waste services to a community of 55,000.
In 2002, CVSan was the first jurisdiction in Alameda County to have a curbside food scrap recycling program, which has contributed to CVSan’s 50% reduction to landfill since 2005. In 2007, CVSan produced a comprehensive Schools Food Scrap Recycling Guide and has partnered with schools in implementing a sustainable and educational food scrap recycling program. The 16 schools who compost have an average diversion rate of 79% and were certified by CVSan as Green Ribbon Schools. In CVSan, 130 commercial businesses are Food Service Establishments. Of those 130, 71% have an organics program. 90 businesses have been certified by CVSan as 4R Star Businesses. In 2011, CVSan began rolling out Food Scrap Recycling Programs in Multi-Family complexes and 73% have organics services. Every year, CVSan returns up to 5% of its organics back to the community in the form of finished compost. 450 cubic yards were distributed last year.
Through strategic partnerships, long-range planning, hands-on waste audits, technical assistance, educational outreach, and certifications, CVSan has developed successful Food Scrap Recycling Programs for its single and multi-family residents, businesses, and schools. CVSan celebrated its 75th Anniversary on July 25, 2014, and looks forward to continuing to provide its community with effective environmental services.