Zero Waste Week 2017

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Click here to view the CVSan Zero Waste Strategic Plan.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan)’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan is a living document which 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.

Over the past 15 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.  CVSan’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan explores the past, present, and future of CVSan’s Path to Zero Waste.

The Path to Zero Waste

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.  Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.  Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.” (Zero Waste International Alliance on August 12, 2009)

CVSan has long practiced and promoted the 4Rs (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Rot) to reduce waste and conserve resources.  CVSan’s Solid Waste Department has developed innovative and award-winning programs to reduce waste and disposal, increase diversion, and educate our community. 



CVSan Commitment to Serve Week: January 19 – 23, 2016

January 19 through January 23, 2016, was CVSan’s first-ever Commitment to Serve Week, drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King Junior Day. 

CVSan organized a week of FREE activities to inspire others to commit to service around zero waste and our environment. Following is the week's schedule.  


All Week

All week CVSan and some local businesses will be hosting  a used crayon collection to recycle crayons through the Crayon Initiative. The organization takes used crayons and recycles them into new crayons for patients at the Children’s Hospital Oakland.


Tuesday, January 19th - Reduce Day: Goodbye Foam, Hello Leftovers

Activities and awareness all day long to promote reducing waste first!

Wednesday, January 20th - Morning Fermentation Workshop by The Zero Waste Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau

Zero Waste Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau

This Fermentation Workshop will teach you how to save money by making your own cultured vegetables at home and reduce food waste using this traditional food preservation technique.  Brewing kombucha and making krautchi (sauerkraut and kimchi) will be the highlights of the workshop.  Samples will be provided.

Wednesday, January 20th - Afternoon Recycled Papermaking & Book Reading Event

The Day the Crayon Quit book cover

CVSan staff will offer recycled papermaking activities for students and their families.  This involves taking paper slurry from shredded paper, assisting students in screening out the slurry from water, and pressing the paper so it can dry. It’s a fun process that 3rd graders have been enjoying at CVSan’s 4Rs Field Trips for years, especially when they get to take home their very own recycled paper! 

We will also be reading the book The Day the Crayons Quit.  “Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me–now a #1 New York Times bestseller! Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit!  What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?”

Thursday, January 21st - Composting at Home Workshop

Learn how you can compost and worm compost at home!  Expert Bay-Friendly Coalition staff will be our guest presenters for this engaging and fun event.  

Friday, January 22nd – Nighttime Movie Screening of Just Eat It

After a great turnout at the CVSan screening of Just Eat It last June, we’re hosting it again.  Join us to watch the charming and insightful journey of foodies Jen and Grant as they challenge each other to find out more about the global food waste scandal as they eat nothing but “would-be wasted” food for six months.  

Saturday, January 23rd – Author Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home

Zero Waste Home book cover

The “Priestess of Zero Waste” Bea Johnson lives waste-free with her family since 2008 and is the author of the best-selling book Zero Waste Home.  In addition to speaking about zero waste all around the world, Bea says "Since embarking on the Zero Waste lifestyle, our lives have changed for the better: We feel happier and lead more meaningful lives, based on experiences instead of stuff. My goal is to share its incredible health, financial and time saving benefits!"