Zero Waste Week 2018



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Note - All of the Week’s Events are Free for Attendees

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Monday, February 5th – Home Composting and Edible Gardening Workshop!

From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at CVSan Offices at 21040 Marshall Street, learn how to compost and start an edible garden at home.  You must have a ticket to attend this event and registration is only available at Brown Paper Tickets.



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Tuesday, February 6th – Community Tree Fruit Gleaning!

From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., come participate in a Castro Valley tree fruit gleaning to save extra food that otherwise may have gone uneaten.   We will assemble at CVSan Offices at 21040 Marshall St and then visit pre-approved sites in Castro Valley from which to harvest extra fruit and vegetables.  All gleaned food will be donated to a Castro Valley food pantry.                   



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Thursday, February 8th – Recycled Art and Toys STEAM Event!

From 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library at 3600 Norbridge Avenue, bring your children to experience hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) learning.  Upcycle materials and make fun toys and art with them!



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Friday, February 9th – Personal Care Workshop!

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CVSan Offices at 21040 Marshall Street, bring your do-it-yourself attitude and learn how to make lip balm, tooth powder, cleaning spray, and roll-on deodorant.  Kathryn Kellogg of Going Zero Waste will be leading the workshop. You must have a ticket to participate in this event and registration is available only through Brown Paper Tickets.



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Saturday, February 10th – Fixit Clinic and Swap O-Rama-Rama!

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library at 3600 Norbridge Avenue, bring your broken items to be fixed, and learn how to perform the repairs yourself!  Electronics, home appliances, clothes, and much more is welcome for the fixing.


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.