Zero Waste Week 2018

CVSan Holds Third Annual Zero Waste Week for the Community

To help Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) residents learn more about how to select their path to Zero Waste, CVSan presented the third annual Zero Waste Week to the Castro Valley community from Monday, February 5th to Saturday, February 10th2018. 

To kick off Zero Waste Week, CVSan hosted a Composting and Edible Gardening Workshop by Lori Caldwell and StopWaste.  The workshop was attended by 10 members of the community, one of whom walked away with a free compost stacker system.  On Tuesday, CVSan hosted its first ever community tree fruit gleaning to great success!  A total of 13 members of the community gleaned over 820 pounds of oranges, grapefruit, and lemons for the CV Food Pantry at Faith Lutheran.  

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Thursday had the most well-attended event of the week with the (Science- Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) STEAM Recycled Art and Toys workshop where over 100 students and their family members joined the fun hands-on event at the Castro Valley Library.  With materials such as cardboard, bottle caps, fruit netting, polystyrene, and cell phone cases, students crafted some amazing creations. 



On Friday, 17 participants got another hands-on experience making their own personal care items.  Zero Waste Lifestyle Blogger Kathryn Kellogg of led the event where attendees got to make and take home their very own all-natural lip balm, tooth powder, cleaning spray, and deodorant!

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To cap the week off, CVSan once again hosted a Fixit Clinic and Swap O-Rama-Rama at the Castro Valley Library.  There were 11 volunteer coaches on-hand at the Fixit Clinic to help over 20 participants learn how to fix their broken items, including things like boomboxes, a vacuum, an umbrella, a printer, and a couple lamps.  More than 66 percent of the items were repaired, and approximately 102 lbs. of potential waste was diverted from the landfill.  A special thank you to the Coaches: Bill, Cecelia, Chris, James, Lindsay, Mike, Robert, Sandra, both Steve’s, and Tanya for donating their time!      



The Zero Waste Week 2018 Schedule of Events



Stay tuned for information on Zero Waste Week 2019, tentatively slated for early February next year!


Zero Waste

Click here to view the CVSan Zero Waste Strategic Plan.
Click here to view the CVSan Zero Waste Strategic Plan attachments.

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.