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2014

  • Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:04pm

    Veterans Day Holiday

    CVSan Closed 11/11

    WMAC Open 11/11

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) will observe Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 as a Holiday.  CVSan offices will be closed. Please call (510) 537-0757 for sewer emergencies.  For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

    Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will happen as scheduled.  However, Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) office on 98th Avenue and Hayward Pay Station will be closed.  For solid waste service questions, please call (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).

    Thanksgiving Day Holiday

    CVSan Closed 11/27-28

    WMAC Closed 11/27 (collection services 1 day later)

    WMAC Open 11/28 except 98th Avenue Cashier & Hayward Pay Station

    CVSan will observe the Thanksgiving Day Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, 2014.  CVSan offices will be closed.  Please call (510) 537-0757 with sewer emergencies.  For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

    WMAC will observe Thursday, November 27th as a Holiday.  WMAC 98th Avenue Cashier and Hayward Pay Station will be closed November 27-28th.  WMAC Call Center will be open on Friday, November 28th.  Therefore, recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will be one (1) day later than usual November 28-29, 2014.  Thursday’s collection will be on Friday, and Friday’s collection on Saturday.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:48pm

    Employees go out of their way to help Castro Valley businesses reduce waste and employees of businesses in CVSan’s 4R Business, 4R Planet Recognition Program go even further.  Program participants, or “4R Stars” have high recycling and composting or “diversion” rates (well over 60%) in large part due to the efforts of their employees.  Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) recognized 4R Star employees during the first ever CVSan 4R Star Employee Recognition Event at CVSan offices on Friday, October 10, 2014.  All 90 plus 4R Star businesses were invited.   

    Awards were given out to the following employees:

    • The Leadership Award:Shay Knudsen of Knudsen’s Ice Creamery (see left photo below).
    • The Kitchen Champion Award:  Graciela Reyes of His Growing Grove (see left photo below).

     

     

    (From left to right: Shay Knudsen of Knudsen’s Ice Creamery and Graciela Reyes of His Growing Grove)

    Approximately 20 people were in attendance, including staff from the Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, His Growing Grove, Knudsen’s Ice Creamery, First Presbyterian Church, Aroma Cuisine, Groveway Veterinarian Hospital, and Castro Valley Unified School District Business Office.  Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) Board member Ralph Johnson, General Manager Roland Williams, and staff members Naomi Lue and Jordan Figueiredo were in attendance. 

     

  • Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:55pm

    On August, 5, 2014 the CVSan Board of Directors adopted CVSan’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan, and on October 7, 2014, adopted a Zero Waste Goal by 2029.

    Over the past 25 years, CVSan’s Board and staff have worked together to create and implement a transformative vision, one that strives to strategically work with the single and multi-family residential, commercial business, and school communities.  CVSan has provided leadership in environmental education and a practical, hands-on approach to program development and implementation.  Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) has long practiced and promoted the 4Rs (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Rot) to reduce waste and conserve resources.  As we continue to practice the 4Rs, a higher goal of Zero Waste is ahead. 

    In 2014, CVSan worked with its Zero Waste Consultant, HDR, Inc. and a range of businesses, agencies, schools, community groups, and citizens to put together a Zero Waste Strategic Plan that will guide us on the path to Zero Waste.  The Plan explores the past, present, and future of CVSan’s Path to Zero Waste and is a living document.  The Plan highlights some of CVSan’s significant achievements and partnerships with the Castro Valley community, reductions of material to landfill, and award-winning recycling and organics diversions program and outreach.  To read CVSan’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan or learn more about CVSan’s Path to Zero Waste, please visit our website at www.cvsan.org/ZeroWaste

     

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:42am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will not be observing Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, 2014.  CVSan offices will be open.  Please call (510) 537-0757 with questions or for sewer emergencies. For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

    Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will happen as scheduled.  Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) office on 98th Avenue and Hayward Pay Station will be open. For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).

     

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:41am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) is pleased to announce the 2014/15 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship for high school seniors.  Up to two students may be awarded a scholarship ($500.00 each) as a way to recognize those students who are helping their school to reduce waste by utilizing the tenets of the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.  

    CVSan values educating the community on how to reduce what we send to landfill.  The Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship is intended to foster environmental stewardship and the leadership of those high school seniors who are taking action and are encouraging environmental awareness within their school and community. 

    Download the CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship Application from CVSan’s website at http://www.cvsan.org/studentscholarship.  Applications must be received by CVSan on Friday, April 3, 2015 by 2:00 p.m., no exceptions.      

     

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:16am

    CVSan presented its 14th free CVSan Recycles Day event on August 9th.  Within the course of 6½ hours, 1,160 CVSan residents and businesses showed their spirit as responsible consumers by participating in the Recycles Day event.

    Participants recycled 19,778 pounds of e-waste, 6,011 linear feet of fluorescent tubular bulbs and 1,402 compact fluorescent bulbs, 1,260 pounds of household batteries, 220 gallons of latex paint including paint cans, 254 residents brought 359.6 pounds of non-controlled substances, and 16.0 pounds of controlled substances.  The pharmaceuticals collected from this event were safely and properly disposed of.

    4,440 1-cubic foot bags of compost (made from curbside organics), and 352 used oil recycling kits were distributed to event attendees.

     

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:14am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted its 12th annual Earth Day Clean-Up event in April 2014.  For the third year in a row, CVSan provided each volunteer an opportunity to select one of three local charities to receive $5.00 on their behalf.  CVSan is proudly donating a total of $1,635.00 to local charity groups based on each volunteer’s selection. 

    A.R.T., Inc. representatives Winda Shimizu, Ann Maloney-Mason, and Mark Mertens, attended CVSan’s September Board meeting.  They were presented with a donation of $315.00 by the CVSan Board of Directors, which means 63 volunteers selected A.R.T., Inc. as their charity of choice on Earth Day.  Ms. Shimizu thanked CVSan’s Board of Directors for their generous donation.  She stated that the funds will be used for art scholarships. 

     

      

                   

     

    (Left to right – Winda Shimizu, A.R.T., Inc. President; Daniel Akagi, CVSan Board President; Ann Maloney-Mason, A.R.T., Inc. Secretary, and Mark Mertens, A.R.T., Inc. Treasurer.)

     

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

    L-R, CVSan Solid Waste Supervisor Naomi Lue, Marshall Elementary School Principal Jesse Woodward, and CVSan Solid Waste Specialist Michelle Wu at Marshall Elementary School’s new Kindergarten playground.  CVSan donated nearly $4,000 in grant funding to purchase a 1,000 square-foot poured in place recycled rubber surface basemat to turn an unused concrete yard into a new Kindergarten playground.

    In time for the start of the 2014/15 School Year, Marshall Elementary School completed installation of its new Kindergarten playground including a 95% recycled rubber surface basemat.  The playground, which turned an unused concrete yard into a safe recreation space for pre-school and kindergarten students, was made possible by a $3,811.40 grant from Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan).  At the April 1, 2014 CVSan Board of Directors meeting, Board members approved the donation, with funding coming from Measure D and Recycled Product Purchase Preference funds.

     

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 8:24am

    Do you change your own motor oil?  Do you live in a single-family home?  If you answered yes to both questions, keep reading!  CVSan is announcing its award-winning Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program beginning September 8th and ending October 17th.  Participants will receive a coupon in the mail for a new filter! 

    There are 4 easy steps for single-family residents to participate in the filter exchange program and recycle used motor oil filters curbside:

    1. Drain the used motor oil filter into a pan for 24 hours (an important step, since filters can hold up to a quart of oil).
    2. Place the filter in the zippered bag that comes with the free used oil recycling kit from WMAC.
    3. If you’d like to participate in the filter exchange program, notify Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc.’s (WMAC’s) Customer Service Center, M-F, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at (510) 537-5500 at least 24 hours before setting out used motor oil and filter(s) curbside to receive a coupon* in the mail from CVSan for a new filter. 
    4. Set the sealed bag next to your used motor oil at the curb, and WMAC will collect the filter and used motor oil on your regular collection day. 

    Single-family residents can set out up to 3 jugs and 3 filters curbside on your collection day.  Go to www.cvsan.org/usedoilfor more information on how to recycle used motor oil & filters!

    * The coupon may be redeemed for one (1) filter up to $10 (including tax).  A used motor oil filter must be set out for recycling curbside in order to receive a coupon for a new filter.  Coupon is for a limited time only and expires October 27, 2014.  CVSan reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time for any reason.

     

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 8:23am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted its 12th annual Earth Day Clean-Up event in April 2014.  For the third year in a row, CVSan provided each volunteer an opportunity to select one of three local charities to receive $5.00 on their behalf.  CVSan is proudly donating a total of $1,635.00 to local charity groups based on each volunteer’s selection. 

    Friends of Castro Valley Library representatives Jane Kraut, Joan King, and Ned Lyke attended CVSan’s August Board meeting.  They were presented with a donation of $1,045.00 by the CVSan Board of Directors, which means 209 volunteers selected Friends of Castro Valley Library as their charity of choice on Earth Day.  Ms. Kraut thanked CVSan’s Board of Directors for their generous donation.  She stated that the funds will be used for the Spectrum of Science Program for children and the program will be offered to all children for free. 

     

      

                   

     

    (Left to right – Dave Sadoff, CVSan Board member; Ned Lyke, Jane Kraut, and Joan King, Friends of Castro Valley Library representatives; Daniel Akagi, CVSan Board President; and Ralph Johnson, CVSan Board member.)

     

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:07am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will observe Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.  CVSan offices will be closed.  Please call (510) 537-0757 with questions or for sewer emergencies. For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

    Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will happen as scheduled.  However, Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) office on 98th Avenue and Hayward Pay Station will be closed. For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).

     

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 1:05pm

    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.

     

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 7:08am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted its 12th annual Earth Day Clean-Up event in April 2014.  For the third year in a row, CVSan provided each volunteer an opportunity to select 1 of 3 local charities to receive $5.00 on their behalf.  CVSan is proudly donating a total of $1,635.00 to local charity groups based on each volunteer’s selection. 

    Kiwanis representative, Bill Mulgrew, attended CVSan’s July Board meeting and was presented with a donation of $275.00.  Mr. Mulgrew thanked CVSan’s Board of Directors for their generous donation.  He shared the donation will go towards two of the causes supported by Kiwanis Hayward-Castro Valley Chapter.  Kiwanis International is working to eradicate neo-natal tetanus in partnership with UNICEF.  There are 24 countries left with this disease and every 9 minutes a baby dies from it.  Additionally, the Kiwanis Hayward-Castro Valley Chapter plans to assist Castro Valley Relay for Life who hosts a hot breakfast for approximately 150 volunteers. 

     

      

                   

     

    (Left to right – CVSan General Manager, Roland Williams; Kiwanis member, Bill Mulgrew; and CVSan Board President, Daniel Akagi.)

     

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:54am

    The Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) has acquired the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) property near the intersection of Castro Valley Blvd. and Center Street.  This property was surplused by the State of California.  CVSan purchased the 73,000 square feet site for $1,500,000.

    “This property is almost three times the size of CVSan’s current offices and can offer many opportunities for more efficient operations in the future” said General Manager Roland Williams.

    CVSan could benefit from the following:

    • Consolidated operations at one site.
    • Purchased property below market value.
    • Beautification of a blighted and underutilized area in Castro Valley.

    The site will be integral in CVSan’s long-term strategic plans.

     

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:52am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted a Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) Driver Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony today at WMAC offices in Oakland. 

    WMAC driver Daniel Gutierrez was recognized for Fewest Missed Pick-Ups for Route #VY (Recycling) for the past six months.

    WMAC driver Darren Woods was recognized for Outstanding Customer Service for Route #VZ (Recycling) for the past six months.

    WMAC driver Michael James Johnson was recognized for Excellent Cart Handler for Route #VC (Garbage) for the past six months.

    CVSan would like to thank all WMAC drivers and staff for their service in the collection of recycling, organics and garbage.

     

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:48am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will observe Independence Day, Friday, July 4th as a Holiday.  CVSan offices will be closed.  Please call (510) 537-0757 for sewer emergencies.  For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

    Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will happen as scheduled.  However, Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) office on 98th Avenue and Hayward Pay Station will be closed. For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).

     

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:46am

    School Custodians go out of their way to help schools reduce waste.  Schools in Castro Valley have high recycling and composting or “diversion” rates (average 76%) in large part due to the efforts of custodians.  Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) recognized school custodians during the 3rd CVSan Custodian Recognition Luncheon at Canyon Middle School on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  All Castro Valley School Custodians and School Administration were invited.   

    Awards were given out to the following Custodians:

    • The Dan Curry Custodian Program of the Year Award:Tim DeForest of Creekside Middle School (see photo below).
    • The Custodian Organics Program of the Year Award:  Castro Valley High School Team: Joe Cannon, Jay Espitallier, Brad Fuzetti, Hai Feng Yu, Kenny Wong, Dave Elliott, Gloria Sira, Vince Sly, JR Hoops, and James Garma.
    • The Custodian Recycling Educator of the Year Award:  Fred Meyer of Chabot Elementary School.

     

                             

    (Left photo: Creekside Lead Custodian Tim DeForest, and CVSan General Manager Roland Williams.  Group Photo (right): CVUSD custodian staff, CVUSD Board of Education members, CVUSD Superintendent Jim Negri, CVSan Board members, and General Manager Roland Williams)

    Approximately 50 people were in attendance, including most of the Castro Valley Unified School District Custodians, Maintenance and Operations Supervisor Charlotte Irwin, Program Technician Carey Sanchez Para, Castro Valley Sanitary District General Manager Roland Williams, and CVSan staff members Naomi Lue, Michelle Wu, and Robin Kim.  Castro Valley Unified School Board members Janice Friesen, Gary Howard, Charmaine Banther, and John Barbieri were in attendance, along with CVUSD Superintendent Jim Negri.

    “Helping schools reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and educating students about recycling and composting are important parts of our mission at CVSan.  Without the dedication and support from school custodians, we wouldn’t be where we are today—recycling and composting 76% of what used to be thrown away as garbage,” said General Manager, Roland Williams.

     

  • Monday, June 9, 2014 - 2:18pm

    On Friday May 30th Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) in coordination with Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) hosted a free Davis Street Transfer Station (DSTS) tour for CVSan residents and business owners.  Attendees viewed organic and garbage processing, the residential and commercial material recovery facilities (MRF), and the residential transfer facility.

    CVSan bring your own bags (BYOB) and a fats, oil & grease (FOG) scraper were given out to tour attendees.

     

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:54am

    Sixteen schools located in the Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) and/or Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) boundaries have been certified as Green Ribbon Schools for the 2013/14 school year. Certifications were presented by the CVSan Board of Directors at the June 3rd Board meeting. 

    In 2007, CVSan launched the Green Ribbon Schools Program to guide schools towards sustainable implementation of waste reduction programs. Application highlights include:

     

    • Award Structure- Awards are based on a $1,500 flat rate plus add-ons for school size and “extra credit” for additional activities completed and excellence in diversion. Awards range from $1,600 - $2,765.
    • Activities- Schools must complete a minimum of 34 activities in the categories of the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot), Environmental Education, and Administration and Promotion.
    • Diversion- Schools must achieve a minimum diversion rate of 65%.

    2013/14 Green Ribbon certified school received the following awards:

     

    School

    Award Amount

    1. A Shepherd’s Heart Christian School

    $1,755

    1. Canyon Middle School

    $2,025

    1. Castro Valley Adult School

    $2,510

    1. Castro Valley Elementary School

    $1,895

    1. Castro Valley High School

    $2,420

    1. Chabot Elementary School

    $1,780

    1. Creekside Middle School

    $1,820

    1. Independent Elementary School

    $1,955

    1. Jensen Ranch Elementary School

    $1,780

    1. Marshall Elementary School

    $1,800

    1. Palomares Elementary School

    $1,795

    1. Proctor Elementary School

    $1,920

    1. Redwood High School

    $1,785

    1. Stanton Elementary School

    $1,835

    1. Sterling West Anchor Education

    $1,875

    1. Vannoy Elementary School

    $1,800

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Awards funded by Import Mitigation Funds

    CVSan is pleased to announce that Redwood High School & Sterling West Anchor Education became first-year Green Ribbon certified schools!  In addition to receiving a cash award for their efforts to “go green,” first-year Green Ribbon schools received a banner made from recycled plastic.  Remaining schools received a current year patch.  

    All eighteen public and private schools located within the CVSan and/or CVUSD boundaries were eligible to participate. For more information and to view the application, please visit www.cvsan.org/schools.

    Additionally, the following schools received donations this school year from CVSan to promote recycling and food scrap recycling in their schools.  Donations are funded by various grants.

     

    School

    Amount

    Donation Description

    A Shepherd’s Heart

    $69.00

    Indoor recycling & organics containers

    Canyon Middle

    $245.00

    Indoor recycling containers

    Castro Valley Adult

    $338.00

    Indoor recycling & organics containers & signs

    Castro Valley Elem.

    $188.00

    Indoor recycling & organics containers & signs

    Castro Valley High

    $2,340.00

    Indoor & outdoor recycling, organics & garbage containers & signs

    Castro Valley Unified

    $930.00

    Tandem dolly for brute containers

    Chabot Elementary

    $40.00

    Bamboo gloves for Green Team Students

    Jensen Ranch Elem.

    $707.00

    Indoor recycling & organics containers & signs

    Marshall Elementary

    $520.00

    Indoor recycling & organics containers & signs

    Palomares Elementary

    $22.00

    Recycling & organics signs

    Proctor Elementary

    $1,056.02

    Organics box, mulch, compost

    Redwood High

    $160.00

    Indoor recycling, organics & garbage containers/signs

    Stanton Elementary

    $448.26

    Organics box for Earth Day

    Sterling West

    $349.00

    Indoor recycling, organics & garbage containers/signs

    Vannoy Elementary

    $21.00

    Indoor organics containers

     

    Participating Earth Day event schools received a total donation of 61 cubic yards of compost and 44 cubic yards of mulch. 

    As a result of our collective work, Castro Valley schools now recycle & compost (divert) 76% of what used to be thrown away as garbage!  Together, we are meeting our goal of 75% diversion and beyond!

     

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:52am

    Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) will host a Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) Driver Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 18th at WMAC offices in Oakland.

    CVSan would like to thank all WMAC drivers and staff for their service in the collection of recycling, organics and garbage.