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CVSan Earth Day Donation to Friends of San Lorenzo Creek

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:51pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted its 15th annual Earth Day Clean-Up event on April 29, 2017.  For the sixth consecutive year, CVSan provided each volunteer the opportunity to select one of four local charities to receive $5.00 on their behalf.  CVSan is proudly donating a total of $1,495.00 to charity this year. 

One of the charities selected for 2017 donations was Friends of San Lorenzo Creek (FSLC).  FSLC members Bruce King, Roxann Lewis, and Chas Pisano, were presented with the donation of $485.00 at the October 3rd CVSan Board of Directors meeting.  Mr. King shared the gratitude on behalf of FSLC for the Earth Day volunteers who chose FSLC as their donation recipient.

CVSan General Manager, Roland Williams stated that “FSLC promotes preservation, protection, and awareness of creeks in the fifty square miles of the San Lorenzo Creek watershed, including Castro Valley creeks. FSLC has coordinated Earth Day events, advocated for creek restoration projects such as the day-lighted creek at the Castro Valley Library, participated in the development of local public policies related to creeks, co-sponsored events such as the school creek-art contest with organizations such Eden Township Health Care District, and worked to develop conservation easements.”

 

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Left to right – (standing), Friends of San Lorenzo Creek Member Bruce King, CVSan Board President Melody Appleton, Friends of San Lorenzo Creek Members Roxann Lewis and Chas Pisano.

 


CVSan’s Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program Begins October 2nd

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:34pm

Do you change your own oil and live in a single-family home? From October 2ndto November 10th, participants in CVSan’s award-winning Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program will receive a coupon in the mail for a new oil filter when they place their used oil and filter curbside. 

There are four easy steps for residents to participate in the program:

1.    Drain the used motor oil filter from an automobile, motorcycle, or boat into a pan for 24 hours. This is an important step because filters can hold up to a quart of oil.

2.    Place the filter in the zippered bag that comes in Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc.’s (WMAC’s) free recycling kit. To obtain a free recycling kit, contact WMAC at (510) 537-5500 or pick one up at CVSan Offices at 21040 Marshall Street, M-F, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

3.    Notify WMAC’s Customer Service Center, M-F, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at (510) 537-5500 that you are participating in the program at least 24 hours before setting out used motor oil and filters curbside. 

4.    Leave the sealed bag next to your used motor oil at the curb and WMAC will collect it on your regular collection day. 

Residents can receive a maximum of one coupon* per household per week during the filter exchange program period.  Visit www.cvsan.org/usedoil for more information on how to recycle used motor oil and 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 between 10/2/17 and 11/10/17 to receive a coupon for a new filter.  The coupon is for a limited time only and expires November 27, 2017.  CVSan reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time for any reason.

                                                      


Columbus Day Holiday

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:26pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9th.  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 occur as scheduled by Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC). For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).  WMAC offices, the 98th Avenue Cashier, Hayward Pay Station, and Call Center will be open Monday, October 9th.


RFP Released for CVSan’s New Collection Agreement

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:09am

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Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new Municipal Solid Waste Collection Agreement (2019-2029) on September 8, 2017.  The RFP may be viewed through a link on www.SpeakUpCVSan.org

Later this year, CVSan will begin accepting RFPs from companies seeking to provide the collection and transfer of garbage, and the collection, transfer, and processing of recyclables, organics, and construction and demolition debris.  The selected company will begin providing these services in CVSan starting May 1, 2019.


Labor Day Holiday

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:09am

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day. Please call (510) 506-5821 for sewer emergencies. For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will occur as scheduled by Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC). For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).  The 98th Avenue Cashier will be open Monday, September 4th; the Hayward Pay Station, WMAC offices, and the Call Center will be closed.


CVSan Hiring Application Support Specialist

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:46am

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) is currently recruiting for the position of Application Support Specialist. This full-time, salaried position is responsible for coordinating and managing activities related to departmental application systems focused on financials/payroll, time keeping, human resources, asset management systems, inventory, and project management databases. This position requires experience as a business or systems analyst, general IT support or IT analysis for a small or medium sized organization, and graduation from a four-year university with major coursework in computer science, information technology, or business administration.

Visit www.cvsan.org/employmentopps for more information on the position and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. on September 15th


CVSan Zero Waste Microsite and Pinterest Account

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:36pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) has developed a brand-new website devoted to sharing articles, information, and tips to help the Castro Valley community reduce waste and live zero waste lifestyles.  Zero Waste means reducing the volume and toxicity of waste and conserving and recovering all resources instead of burning or burying them.  The website is part of CVSan’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan, adopted in 2014, which outlines ways the organization will work to achieve the goal of zero waste by the year 2029.

This website will serve as a one-stop location to learn about everything zero waste related, with a local flare. Whether your interests include cooking, pets, travel, or the outdoors, there are ideas for reducing waste in all aspects of your life. To access the site, visit www.SelectMyPath.org and Select Your Path to Zero Waste!

CVSan has also developed a Pinterest account with pins focused on topics related to the 4Rs – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Rot. Visit www.pinterest.com/CVSan to start adding zero waste pins to your own boards. 

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CVSan Earth Day Donation to Castro Valley Educational Foundation

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:43pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted its 15th annual Earth Day Clean-Up event on April 29, 2017.  For the sixth consecutive year, CVSan provided each volunteer the opportunity to select one of four local charities to receive $5.00 on their behalf.  CVSan is proudly donating a total of $1,495.00 to charity this year. 

One of the charities selected for 2017 donations was the Castro Valley Educational Foundation (CVEF). CVEF has donated more than $350,000 to Castro Valley Unified School District programs since the Foundation’s inception over 30 years ago.   CVEF President, Hope Kingma, was presented with the donation of $105.00 at the August 1st CVSan Board of Directors meeting.

Hope stated her gratitude on behalf of the Foundation for the Earth Day volunteers who chose CVEF as their donation recipient.  CVSan General Manager, Roland Williams stated that “Castro Valley Education Foundation has several mechanisms for providing support to students and schools including numerous free educational activities (writing workshops, poetry and art shows, science festivals, scientists in the classroom, spelling bees), direct grants to fund specific needs, mini-grants up to $1,500 and scholarships for high school seniors.”  

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Left to right – (standing) Melody Appleton, CVSan Board of Directors President, Hope Kingma, Castro Valley Educational Foundation President


Public Comment for CVSan’s New Collection Agreement

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 9:29am

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Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) is issuing sections of its draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new Municipal Solid Waste Collection Agreement (2019-2029) for public comment.  

Later this year, CVSan will begin accepting RFPs from companies seeking to provide the collection and transfer of garbage, and the collection, transfer, and processing of recyclables, organics, and construction and demolition debris.  The selected company will begin providing these services in CVSan starting May 1, 2019.

CVSan encourages the community to submit comments by August 18th at www.SpeakUpCVSan.org.  


CVSan Hiring Solid Waste Intern

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 3:50pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted from college students or recent four-year university graduates for our Solid Waste Program Intern position. This temporary, full-time or part-time internship will allow the intern to have a direct impact on the Castro Valley community while learning more about the recycling industry. The intern will coordinate and lead CVSan’s 4Rs field trips for Castro Valley’s third grade students, assist with commercial business and multi-family recycling and organics programs, and coordinate CVSan’s popular Used Motor Oil Recycling Program.

Visit www.cvsan.org/employmentopps for more information on the position and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until August 13th


CVSan to Host Collection of Hazardous Items and E-Waste at August Recycles Day Event

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 2:35pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) will hold its CVSan Recycles Day event on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Canyon Middle School (19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley).  This event is a partnership between CVSan and the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.  Alameda County residents (not businesses) are invited to bring HHW items (full list at www.cvsan.org/hhw):

·         Paint: stain, shellac, solvents, thinners, oil & latex paints

·         Adhesives: putty, caulk, epoxy, mortar, stucco, cement, wood glue

·         Auto: fuel, waxes, batteries, additives, motor oil & filters, antifreeze

·         Sharps: needles, syringes, lancets in approved sharps containers

·         E-Waste: computers, TVs, radios, printers, electronic devices

·         Garden: sprays, fertilizers, ant traps, pesticides, herbicides, rat poison, gopher bait

·         Drugs: prescription & non-prescription drugs

·         Miscellaneous: pool chemicals, photo chemicals, acids & caustics, household batteries, bleach & cleaners, fluorescent bulbs

Remember, these items pose a serious threat to humans and wildlife, and it is illegal to place them in the garbage or dump down the storm drain.  This is a great way for households to remove harmful chemicals from their homes and recycle those old electronics that are taking up space.

Sharps will be accepted in approved sharps containers only.  CVSan has 500 sharps containers available for free to Alameda County residents at its office located at 21040 Marshall Street.  This is a one-time distribution of the approved, biohazard waste disposal containers to facilitate the collections of sharps at the event.

·         Compost: Three, 1-cubic foot bags of compost per event will be distributed to CVSan residents and businesses ONLY on a first come, first served basis.  Five Canyons are not in CVSan boundaries.

A photo ID is required for event entry.  A limit of 15 gallons of HHW liquids or a total of 125 pounds per vehicle/per trip will be enforced, compliant with laws; however, multiple trips to drop off HHW is allowed.

CVSan General Manager Roland Williams said, “This event will be a convenient way for residents to safely and easily dispose of their household hazardous waste and keeps these materials out of our landfill, groundwater, and bay.”

The following items are not accepted at the Recycles Day event:

·         Asbestos, other remediation waste, or radioactive waste

·         Ammunition, explosives, compressed gas cylinders

·         Appliances (microwaves OK)

·         Infectious or medical waste other than home-generated sharps

·         Non-residentially generated waste

·         Waste generated outside of Alameda County

For more information on the event and a more extensive list of items, call CVSan at 510-537-0757 or visit www.cvsan.org/hhw.

 


Waste Management Driver Appreciation Awards Breakfast

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 2:29pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosted its biannual Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) Driver Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on June 21st at WMAC offices in Oakland.

 

WMAC driver Michael Alarid was recognized for Fewest Missed Pick-Ups for Recycling Route #VX for the past six months.

 

WMAC driver Darren Woods was recognized for Outstanding Customer Service for Garbage Route #VA for the past six months.

 

WMAC driver Jesus Loza was recognized for Excellent Cart Handler (fewest Carts Down and Lids Open) for Recycling Route #VZ 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.

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CVSan recognized WMAC drivers June 21st at an Appreciation Awards and Breakfast Ceremony.


CVSan Green Ribbon Schools Program: Fifteen Castro Valley Schools Certified!

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:19pm

Fifteen schools located in the Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) and/or Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) boundaries have been certified by CVSan as Green Ribbon Schools for the 2016/17 school year.  Certifications were presented by the CVSan Board of Directors at the June 6th Board meeting. 

In 2007, CVSan launched the Green Ribbon Schools Program to guide schools towards sustainable waste reduction.  This year, schools were required to complete a minimum of 40 activities, such as providing recycling and organics containers in all classrooms.  All schools had to achieve a minimum 70 percent diversion rate. 

Awards are based on a $1,500 flat rate plus add-ons for school size.  Extra credit is awarded for additional activities completed and excellence in diversion.  Cash awards range from $1,600-$2,650.  2016/17 Green Ribbon certified schools received the following awards:

School

Award Amount*

1.     Canyon Middle School

$2,020

2.     Castro Valley Adult School

$2,430

3.     Castro Valley Elementary School

$1,815

4.     Chabot Elementary School

$1,815

5.     Creekside Middle School

$1,800

6.     Independent Elementary School

$1,845

7.     Jensen Ranch Elementary School

$1,790

8.     Marshall Elementary School

$1,750

9.     Our Lady of Grace School

$1,710

10.  Palomares Elementary School

$1,745

11.  Proctor Elementary School

$1,790

12.  Redwood High School

$1,780

13.  Stanton Elementary School

$1,830

14.  Sterling West Anchor Education

$1,795

15.  Vannoy Elementary School

$1,760

Total

$27,675

 

*Awards funded by Non-Residential Recycling Funds

All 17 public and private schools located within the CVSan and/or CVUSD boundaries were eligible to participate.  For more information on the Green Ribbon program and to view the application, please visit www.cvsan.org/schools.

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At the June 6th Board Meeting: Green Ribbon School Representatives,

CVSan Board Members and CVSan Staff

Additionally, the following schools received $4,966.84 in donations this school year from CVSan to promote recycling and food scrap recycling on campus.  Donations are funded by various grants.

 

School

Amount

Donation Description

Canyon Middle

$327.00

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Castro Valley Adult

$241.00

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Castro Valley High School

$1,091.02

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Chabot Elementary

$176.00

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Creekside Middle

$77.00

Organics containers & signs

Independent Elementary

$1,029.87

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Marshall Elementary

$177.50

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Our Lady of Grace

$817.51

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Palomares Elementary

$61.00

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Redwood High

$16.00

Recycling & organics signs

Stanton Elementary

$483.00

Indoor & outdoor recycling & organics containers & signs

Sterling West

$124.94

Signs and backyard composter for school garden.

Vannoy Elementary

$39.00

Indoor & outdoor organics containers, trollies & signs

Here are a few examples of the different types of items CVSan donates to schools:

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Schools that participated in CVSan’s Earth Day Clean-up event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, received a total donation of 60 cubic yards of compost and 78 cubic yards of mulch. 

As a result of our collective work, Castro Valley Green Ribbon certified schools now recycle and compost 83% of what used to be thrown in the garbage!  Together, we are on the road to zero waste!


Announcing CVSan’s High School Scholarship Winner

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 2:15pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) is pleased to announce that Vianca Zavala is the winner of the 2016/17 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship.  Zavala will receive a $500 cash scholarship.  

She received a certificate of recognition at CVSan’s Board of Directors meeting June 6, 2017.  Zavala demonstrated her environmental leadership by serving as an active member of the Smart Environment Club at Castro Valley High School, participating in CVSan’s Earth Day Clean-Up multiple times, and by volunteering four hours a month as a Restorative Ranger with Hayward Area Recreation District cleaning up litter and debris at the Hayward Shoreline.  Zavala’s scholarship essay described how the 4R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot) are important to her:

The 4R’s are vital because they decrease the amount of waste in our ecosystem, and offer creative ways to reuse items, recycle your waste, and create rich soil for your garden.  Whether it’s starting a community garden, a co-op an environmental club, or litter pick-ups, we set the example every day for those that do not know the importance of our land.  Our earth’s health is directly linked to our own well-being. This mindset has helped me grow as an individual, as it has given me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and take steps to better our Earth.

This is the fourth year CVSan has offered the scholarship to high school seniors.  The scholarship is a way to recognize those students who are taking action and encouraging environmental awareness through waste reduction within their school and community. 

 

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At the June 6th Board Meeting from left to right: Melody Appleton, CVSan Board President; Vianca Zavala, CVHS senior, Roland Williams, CVSan General Manager.

 

Castro Valley Sanitary District Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:52pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) in recognition of its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2015/16 fiscal year. The certificate is the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the second year CVSan has applied for and received the award.

To receive this certificate, a government agency must demonstrate that its CAFR meets the scope, audit requirements, and legal compliance standards of GFOA. Reviews are performed by GFOA staff and members of GFOA’s Special Review Committee, which comprises individuals from government, the public accounting profession, and academia who possess specialized expertise in governmental financial reporting. 

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General Manager, Roland Williams (left) and Financial Specialist, Kiki Bian (right) display the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.


Fourth of July Holiday

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:40pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Please call (510) 506-5821 for sewer emergencies only.  For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will occur as scheduled by Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC). For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).  WMAC offices, the 98th Avenue Cashier, and the Call Center will be open and the Hayward Pay Station will be closed Tuesday, July 4th.


CVSan offers FREE Repair Workshop at Castro Valley Library

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:21am

CVSan is presenting its second of two Castro Valley Fixit Clinics for 2017 at the Castro Valley Library (3600 Norbridge Avenue) on Saturday, June 17th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  CVSan’s January 21st event was well-attended.

The public is invited to bring broken, non-functioning electronics, small appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothing, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. Bring items for mending; a public sewing machine will be available for textile repairs too. Fixit Clinic Coaches will be on hand to guide participants through the repair process. Please note that Fixit Clinics are designed to provide a place for participants to learn how to fix items themselves, not to hand over the item for someone else to fix.

A workspace, specialty tools, and guidance will be provided. Whether items are fixed or not, attendees will learn more about how the item was manufactured and how it worked. Children must be monitored by a parent/adult at all times.

Priority is given to participants who sign-up online by visiting www.fixitclinic.org and selecting the Castro Valley event.

Interested in being a Volunteer Fixit Clinic Coach? Sign-up by visiting www.fixitclinic.org and selecting the Help Fix Stuff tab.

 

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Two bicycles are assessed at the June Fixit Clinic

 

Memorial Day Holiday

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 1:35pm

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.  Please call (510) 506-5821 for sewer emergencies.  For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit www.cvsan.org.

Recycling, organics, and garbage collection services will occur as scheduled by Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC). For solid waste service questions, please call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 (residential) or (510) 613-8700 (commercial/business).  WMAC offices, the 98th Avenue Cashier, Hayward Pay Station, and the Call Center will be closed Monday, May 29th.


CVSan Center Street Public Tour on May 20th

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:45pm

A new addition is coming to Castro Valley Boulevard and residents will have the opportunity to contribute to its design. An underutilized property previously owned by the California Department of Transportation is planned to be developed into the site of Castro Valley Sanitary District’s (CVSan’s) Engineering and Collection System Maintenance Departments within the next three to five years. Preliminary plans for a 13,000-square foot building and corporation yard will be unveiled during a public tour on Saturday, May 20th. This estimated $6 million project will include LEED-certified architecture and Bay-Friendly landscaping.

“This property will allow CVSan to condense its wastewater staff and equipment into one location and includes room to expand should Castro Valley’s needs grow in the future,” explained Roland Williams, CVSan General Manager.

The May 20th public tour will be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will include a walk-through of the property and an architectural renderings presentation. This event is an opportunity for CVSan to receive input from the public on the site’s final design and function.  To register for this event or request more information, visit www.cvsan.org/CenterStreet

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Two renderings that will be on display at the May 20th event (above).


Castro Valley Sanitary District’s List of Qualified Plumbing Contractors For the 2017/18 Lateral Replacement Grant Program

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 1:39pm

The Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) will be continuing the Lateral Replacement Grant Program (LRGP) effective July 10, 2017.  Any State of California licensed contractors interested in being listed as a “CVSan Qualified Plumbing Contractor,” eligible to provide quotations to residents who are participating in LRGP, please submit a written request no later than Friday, June 9, 2017 to Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, CA  94546.

Please be advised that qualified contractors are given such designation based on the following criteria:

1.    Properly licensed (either C42 - Sanitation System or Class A - General Engineering Contractor) to work on sewer lines and work in the public roadway.

2.    Have no outstanding matters or disputed work with CVSan (i.e., incorrect installations or incomplete work after permit expiration).

3.    Have not presented misleading or confusing print media to the community or property owners about LRGP.

Please be advised, contractors that do not meet the above criteria will be removed from the contractors list for a period of 12 months.

For additional information, please contact the Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley at (510) 606-1300.


Bay-Friendly Gardening & Growing Edibles Workshop

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:30am

On April 11th Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) held its annual LeaR4n Bay-Friendly Gardening Workshop.  Registrants enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere while learning about bay-friendly gardening, growing edibles, and techniques for building healthy soil in their home gardens.

Following the presentation Lori Caldwell from StopWaste led a group discussion. The workshop ended with a raffle drawing for fun prizes such as a worm bin and a sheet mulch tote bag.  All attendees received a reusable mesh produce bag which helps reduce plastic bag waste.

CVSan’s next free LeaR4n workshop on Saturday, June 24th from 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. is a screening of the documentary Just Eat It. Register online for this event at www.cvsan.org/learn.


CVSan’s Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program Begins May 1st

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:34am

Do you change your own oil and live in a single-family home? From May 1st to June 9th participants in CVSan’s award-winning Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program will receive a coupon in the mail for a new oil filter when they place their used oil and filter curbside. 

There are four easy steps for residents to participate in the program:

1.    Drain the used motor oil filter from an automobile, motorcycle, or boat into a pan for 24 hours. This is an important step because filters can hold up to a quart of oil.

2.    Place the filter in the zippered bag that comes in Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc.'s (WMAC's) free recycling kit. 

3.    Notify WMAC’s Customer Service Center, M-F, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at (510) 537-5500 that you are participating in the program at least 24 hours before setting out used motor oil and filters curbside. 

4.    Leave the sealed bag next to your used motor oil at the curb and WMAC will collect them on your regular collection day. 

Residents can receive a maximum of one coupon* per household per week during the filter exchange program period.  Visit www.cvsan.org/usedoil for more information on how to recycle used motor oil and 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 between 5/7/17 and 6/9/17 in order to receive a coupon for a new filter.  Coupon is for a limited time only and expires June 26, 2017.  CVSan reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time for any reason.

 

 


CVSan’s Earth Day 2017 Events

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:30am

For many of us, Earth Day is every day.  We work to conserve water and energy, use reusable shopping bags and water bottles, and recycle and compost to reduce what we send to landfill.  Every year Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) hosts an Earth Day Clean-Up and Recycles Day to provide a local opportunity for volunteers to show their spirit.  Save the date for this year’s events on Saturday, April 29th.

Register online at www.cvsan.org/ED by April 17th to participate in the Earth Day Clean-Up event.  Following a free continental breakfast, clean-ups will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Adobe Park, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area, Castro Valley Creek, Downtown Castro Valley, and Lake Chabot Regional Park. Additional clean-up events will take place at various Castro Valley schools. To register for a school clean-up, contact the school’s main office.

During registration Earth Day volunteers will have the opportunity to select a local charity to receive a $5.00 donation on their behalf.  This year’s charity groups include Castro Valley Sports Foundation, Dusty Paws Rescue, Inc., and Friends of San Lorenzo Creek.  These charities were selected by CVSan’s Community Advisory Committee, a ten-member volunteer group that represents the community’s interests by providing a voice directly to the CVSan Board of Directors.

The Recycles Day event will be held at Canyon Middle School from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for CVSan customers.  E-waste, used cooking oil, documents for shredding, and mattresses will be accepted. For a complete list of accepted items, visit www.cvsan.org/ED. Recycles Day participants can also receive three free bags of compost and a Construction & Demolition Voucher to drop off two cubic yards of materials at the Davis Street Transfer Station. Compost and vouchers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.


Register for CVSan’s Davis Street Transfer Station Tour

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:30am

What happens to Castro Valley’s organics, recycling, and garbage once it leaves the curb? If you are a Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) resident or business owner find out for yourself by attending a free tour of the Davis Street Transfer Station in San Leandro on Friday, March 10th.

The Davis Street Transfer Station processes and sorts 7 million pounds of materials each day using four state-of-the-art processing facilities, including a single stream materials recovery facility that houses an optical sorter which uses infrared light to separate recyclable materials with precision and speed.

To register, visit www.cvsan.org/dststour.  This will be the only tour offered in 2017 and registration is limited.  Transportation is provided to the facility free of charge.

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Participants viewing the Davis Street Transfer Station facilities.


CVSan Holds Second Annual Zero Waste Week for the Community

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:42pm

To help Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) residents learn more about how to select their path to zero waste, CVSan presented the second annual Zero Waste Week (formerly entitled Commitment to Serve Week) to the Castro Valley community from Tuesday, January 17th to Saturday, January 21st

To kick off Zero Waste Week, CVSan installed the Museum of Bad Design at the Castro Valley Library.  This display showcases one-time use products that are harmful to the environment alongside reusable products that can be used instead.  The display is still available at the Library for viewing.

On Thursday CVSan hosted its first ever multilingual event – a Food Scrap Recycling Workshop in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin at the Palomares Hills Clubhouse. This event was presented in partnership with Pamela Evans, member of the Palomares Hills HOA Green Team. Approximately 30 attendees took home food scrap recycling pails and tips to help them compost at home.  Additionally on Thursday and Friday, CVSan collected clothing and shoe donations for Goodwill Industries.

CVSan hosted two events on Saturday, a screening of the movie, Clean Bin Project, and a Fixit Clinic at the Castro Valley Library. Twelve volunteer coaches (five from Castro Valley) were on-hand at the Fixit Clinic to help participants learn how to fix their broken items such as a paper shredder, belt sander, and electronics. 74 percent of the items were repaired and approximately 100 lbs. of potential waste was diverted from the landfill.   A special thank you to the five Castro Valley coaches: Dave Coleman, Charles Glorioso, Sarah Foster-Peck, Mike Barbaro, and Ron Eversole for donating their time! 

For more information on CVSan’s Zero Waste Week, visit www.cvsan.org/ZeroWaste.

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(From left to right: The Food Scrap Workshop, Museum of Bad Design, and Fixit Clinic)