Sending Less to the Landfill

CVSan has a goal of Zero Waste (90%+ diversion) by the year 2029. With California's Disposal Measurement System Act of 2008, the District reports to the State on disposal, and expresses this in pounds of garbage sent to the landfill per person per day (lbs/person/day). Look below for the progress the CVSan community has made and keep up the good work!


Last updated: August 6, 2018

Zero Waste

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.