Zero Waste Week 2019

CVSan will be hosting its Fourth Annual Zero Waste Week for the Community in early February!  See below for a quick schedule of events and be sure to save the dates!

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

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Wednesday, February 6th – Community Tree Fruit Gleaning!

From 3:30 to 5:30 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.  Volunteer registration is now full. If you have a tree that needs gleaning, contact CVSan at or (510) 537-0757 ext. 112.

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Thursday, February 7th – 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 8th – Personal Care Workshop!

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palomares Hills Clubhouse at 6811 Villareal Drive, Castro Valley, bring your do-it-yourself attitude and learn how to make personal care items like lip balm, cleaning spray, and roll-on deodorant.  Kathryn Kellogg of Going Zero Waste will be leading the workshop. You must have a electronic ticket to participate in this event and registration is available only through Brown Paper Tickets.


Saturday, February 9th – Fixit Clinic and Swap ‘N Sew!

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library (3600 Norbridge Avenue), bring your non-functioning electronics, appliances, bikes, toys, clothes, etc. and let our Fixit Coaches guide you through your repair!   Don’t forget to bring clean, gently worn clothes for our clothing swap!

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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!