Our FAQs are available below.

Accounts

You can request a pickup by filling out our Missed Pickup Form request form and we'll schedule a new pickup.  You may also contact Waste Management at 510-537-5500.

Residents may call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request an exemption form for completion and submission. Recycling and organics service is mandatory.

Residents may call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 and commercial businesses may call WMAC at (510) 613-8700.

CVSan & WMAC

CVSan contracts municipal solid waste collection, processing, and disposal services to WMAC. CVSan doesn't actually drive the collection trucks, process payments, or deliver carts.

Solid Waste

CVSan contracts municipal solid waste collection, processing, and disposal services to WMAC. CVSan doesn't actually drive the collection trucks, process payments, or deliver carts.

CVSan entered into a 10-year municipal solid waste collection agreement and 20-year disposal agreement with WMAC from May 1, 2009-April 30, 2019 and 2029, respectively.

WMAC provides franchised recycling, organics, and garbage services for residents, multi-family complexes, and commercial businesses. Annual on-call bulky goods collection services, used motor oil and filter recycling, and dry cell batteries (household batteries such as AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V, and small “button” batteries; no liquid batteries such as automobile batteries) recycling are provided to residents and multi-family complexes. WMAC also processes construction and demolition debris.

Blue = Recycling
Green = Organics
Brown = Garbage

New carts are necessary in order to be serviced by the new WMAC collection vehicles. When CVSan issued its Request for Proposals in 2007, new collection containers were included in the proposal to ensure that the existing hauling company would not have an unfair financial advantage since they owned the carts. At the end of the 2009-2019 franchise agreement, CVSan owns the carts.

Carts have a life-expectancy of 10 years, therefore the delivery of new carts to all cart customers (residential and commercial) in 2009 streamlines the replacement efforts and keeps costs lower.

The carts have a full-color in-mold graphic on the lids with images to pictorially explain what goes in each cart.

 

The old carts will be collected and either reused or recycled. Please contact WMAC to have the cart removed.

Yes. As of May 1, 2009, garbage and recycling are picked up by separate collection trucks

The new WMAC vehicles are Liquid Natural Gas vehicles. That means that they do not use diesel; they use natural gas. These vehicles are cleaner burning and were provided to the District at no additional cost. The vehicles are also semi-automated which means that the driver will be standing inside the vehicle and will get out at every stop in order to bring the cart to the automated arm of the vehicle; the automated arm will pick up and empty the contents of your cart into the collection vehicle. Carts no longer need to be placed 3 feet apart.

Yes, residents may receive up to a 96-gallon cart for recycling or organics at no additional charge, but you will be charged if you wish to have additional carts with corresponding service. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request a larger sized recycling or organics cart.

Residents may call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request an exemption form for completion and submission. Recycling and organics service is mandatory.

Residents may call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 and commercial businesses may call WMAC at (510) 613-8700.

Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to report missed collection or fill out a missed pickup form online.

Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request the repair of a cart. It should take about 5 business days to receive a replacement cart.

During the franchise agreement, the carts and bins are owned by WMAC. At the end of the agreement in 2019, CVSan owns the carts. Once materials/refuse are placed inside a cart or bin and placed at the curb for collection, they become the property of WMAC.

Residential collection will be provided Monday-Friday no earlier than 6:00 a.m., and business collection Monday-Saturday no earlier than 4:00 a.m. (except within 200 feet of residential properties). No service will be provided on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, where services will be one day later through Saturday.

Inside the Blue Recycling Cart: All clean paper, corrugated cardboard, brown bags and paper, paperboard, paper egg cartons, telephone books and magazines, clear and colored glass containers, aluminum foil and beverage containers, scrap steel and aluminum metals (not exceeding 40 pounds in weight nor two (2) feet in any dimension for any single item); steel including ”tin” cans, aerosol cans (empty, non-toxic products), bimetal containers, all plastics (#1-7) except expanded Polystyrene (EPS).

On top of the Blue Recycling Cart: Dry cell batteries (household batteries such as AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V, and small “button” batteries; no liquid batteries such as automobile batteries).

Next to the Blue Recycling Cart: Flattened corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide.

Customers with blue recycling cart service may flatten corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide and place beside the blue recycling cart for collection.

Single-Family residents may place one-gallon screw-top containers curbside beside your collection carts on your regular collection day. You can recycle up to three (3) gallons per week of motor oil, transmission fluid, gear lube and other lubricants commonly used in cars and light trucks. Oil filters can be put in a heavyweight sealed clear plastic bag and placed curbside. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request delivery of a Used Oil jug and filter bag kit.

Used Oil and filters may be dropped off at a Collection Center (see below).

Collection Centers in Castro Valley:
 

  • Castro Valley Autohaus* 20697 Park Way (510) 581-4525
  • Jiffy Lube* 2492 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 582-7677
  • Kevin Hinckley Auto Tech* 5269 Crow Canyon Road (510) 881-1052
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts** 2990 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 881-0761
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts**15604 Hesperian Blvd. (510) 276-7822
  • Quality Tune Up* 2780 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 887-9945
  • RyNck Tire & Auto Center 3430 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 886-9500
  • Sal's Foreign Car Service* 3343 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 582-5282
  • SpeeDee Oil Change 3940 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 886-9500

*Centers that also accept filters** Center that only collects motor oil; does not change oil.

Because of the toxic chemicals that can leak from batteries that end up in a landfill, it is against the law to throw any battery (including household batteries) into the trash. Single-Family and Multi-Family residents with blue recycling cart service may participate in CVSan’s curbside battery recycling program by placing used dry cell (household) batteries in a sealed clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycling cart on your service day.

Paint is no longer accepted at the curb. All types of paint need to be taken to an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. Call (800) 606-6606 or (510) 670-6460 for more information. Latex and water-based paint will be accepted at the CVSan Recycles Day in August 2012. For more on paint visit www.household-hazwaste.org

Call the 'Rotline' at (510) 444-SOIL for information about home composting, and remember that many items not compostable at home (food-soiled paper, meat and cheese, bread products) can be placed in your green organics cart for composting

Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 and a street/curbside exemption form will be mailed to you. A doctor's letter or a certificate from the Department of Motor Vehicles must accompany the request.

Call the Alameda County Recycling Hotline toll-free at (877) STOPWASTE (786-7927) or check out the Recycling Wizard from StopWaste.Org. You may also check out the "What Do I Do With" section of the CVSan website.

Carts are to be placed street/curbside by 6:00 am on your collection day with their handles to the curb.

Call Code Enforcement to report carts that have been out longer than 24 hours after collection day (510) 670-5408

Locally, you can purchase a sharps disposal container from local drugstores (Rite Aid, Longs Drug, Walgreens) or from an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. District residents (present a copy of your Waste Management bill or ID at time of purchase) can purchase a postage-paid Sharps Disposal by Mail container at a discount at the Castro Valley Rite Aid. The cost of destruction and mailing, as well as confirmation of destruction, is included in the purchase price.

Full containers must be dropped of at an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. For further information contact HHW at (800) 606-6606. District residents (present a copy of your Waste Management bill or ID at time of purchase) can purchase a postage-paid Sharps Disposal by Mail container at a discount at the Castro Valley Rite Aid. The cost of destruction and mailing, as well as confirmation of destruction, is included in the purchase price.

For a complete list of items accepted at HHW visit www.household-hazwaste.org or call (800)606-6606.

Thanks to the partnership between Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan), Eden Medical Center, and the Alameda County Medication Disposal Initiative Workgroup, you can now drop off your pharmaceutical waste at Eden Medical Center for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The location of the free public collection box is:
Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546

For procedures and more click here.

 

You can also bring expired medications to an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Visit our Houshold Hazardous Waste webpage for occasional local pharmaceutical take-back events.

http://www.cvsan.org/content/household-hazardous-waste

 

 

CVSan currently has Open Air pails available. These are larger green containers with a handle and no lid. A standard grocery store paper bag fits inside the pail, and allows moisture from the food scraps and food-soiled paper to evaporate quicker and easier than a pail with a sealed lid. Residents and small businesses have found these pails to work well, and place them on the floor next to indoor recycling and garbage containers. The vented lid pail allows most smells from the container to be kept inside while not in use. Interested parties may complete a Donation Request Form.

PDF CVSDFinalv2CanyonlandsAnnexNegDec-IS090720.pdf

A. CVSan is in the process of applying for an annexation with special provisions for garbage and recycling services only for the Castro Valley Canyonlands. The application will need to go through a review process by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) and therefore CVSan does not have a completion date available. Residents and businesses interested in recycling or organics service may contact WMAC at (510) 537-5500.

Notice of Availability and Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration

Date: July 20, 2009

Project Title: Castro Valley and Palomares Canyonlands Sphere of Influence Amendment and Annexation to Castro Valley Sanitary District for Garbage and Recycling Services

Lead Agency: Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Staff Contact: Naomi R. Lue, Solid Waste Coordinator, naomi@cvsan.org, (510) 537-0757

Project Location: Castro Valley and Palomares Canyonlands area of unincorporated Alameda County

Parcel No.: N/A
Parcel Size: N/A

To Whom It May Concern:
This notice is to inform you of the availability of the environmental review document concerning the proposed project as described below. The document is a Preliminary Negative Declaration, containing information about the possible environmental effects of the proposed project. The Preliminary Negative Declaration documents the determination of the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) that the proposed project could not have a significant adverse effect on the environment. Preparation of a Negative Declaration does not indicate a decision by the CVSan to carry out or not to carry out the proposed project.

Project Description: The project proposes a partial annexation into CVSan’s district boundary of the area referred to as the Castro Valley and Palomares Canyonlands (“Canyonlands”) in order to provide garbage and recycling services. The Canyonlands area is located on unincorporated Alameda County land. No provision of wastewater collection and treatment or other public services is proposed under this partial annexation, nor is such service anticipated to be provided in the future to the area.

Garbage service is currently provided by Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) to roughly 260 addresses on 14 roads in the Canyonlands area, under a franchise agreement with Alameda County that extends into 2019. Thereafter, these services would be provided by any hauler with which the District chooses to contract. Garbage service is currently provided using two types of vehicles, and recycling service would use the same or similar vehicles: a Rear End Loader with a capacity of 20-30 cubic yards depending on the material collected and a pick-up truck mounted with a Par-Kan refuse dumper with a capacity of six cubic yards, for moving collected materials in restricted areas. Collected material would be brought to the Davis Street Recycling & Transfer Station, a municipal solid waste (MSW) transfer station and commingled recycling processing facility in San Leandro.

If you would like a copy of the Preliminary Negative Declaration or have questions concerning environmental review of the proposed project, contact the CVSan staff contact listed above.

Public Review: Public Review of this Preliminary Negative Declaration begins on July 22, 2009 and ends 30 days after publication of this document, by the close of business on August 20, 2009. Written comments on the Preliminary Negative Declaration may be submitted to the CVSan staff contact listed above, until the close of the review period.

Copies of the Preliminary Negative Declaration may be reviewed at www.cvsan.org or at Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, California 94546.

Public Hearing: The Board of Directors will consider adoption of the Negative Declaration and will consider approval of the project at the CVSan Board of Directors Meeting on September 1, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, California 94546.

Toxics List: The project site is not on any list identifying it as a hazardous or toxic waste site.
 

Carts

Blue = Recycling
Green = Organics
Brown = Garbage

New carts are necessary in order to be serviced by the new WMAC collection vehicles. When CVSan issued its Request for Proposals in 2007, new collection containers were included in the proposal to ensure that the existing hauling company would not have an unfair financial advantage since they owned the carts. At the end of the 2009-2019 franchise agreement, CVSan owns the carts.

Carts have a life-expectancy of 10 years, therefore the delivery of new carts to all cart customers (residential and commercial) in 2009 streamlines the replacement efforts and keeps costs lower.

The carts have a full-color in-mold graphic on the lids with images to pictorially explain what goes in each cart.

 

The old carts will be collected and either reused or recycled. Please contact WMAC to have the cart removed.

Yes, residents may receive up to a 96-gallon cart for recycling or organics at no additional charge, but you will be charged if you wish to have additional carts with corresponding service. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request a larger sized recycling or organics cart.

Castro Valley Sanitary District single-family residents (4 units or less) are eligible to receive a $50.00 credit on their next recycling & garbage bill by reducing their waste and garbage cart down to a 20-gallon.  Residents, on their honor, are encouraged to commit to the smallest garbage cart for at least a year. 

Bill payers may now request a downsize by calling the (510) 613-8745 message center with required account information or by completing the online form.  Cart exchanges will be scheduled by appointment.  Read on or call (510) 537-5500 for program details, eligibility guidelines, and the required account information to be left on the message center.

By reducing your garbage cart to a 20-gallon, you will be:

• “Right-sizing” your garbage cart to better represent what you actually send to landfill.

• Saving approximately $12.00 per month on your bill, or $144.00 per year (per 32 to 20-gallon cart migration).  Your next bill will be prorated from the date your request was confirmed with Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC).

• Receiving a $50.00 credit on your next WMAC bill. 

Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request the repair of a cart. It should take about 5 business days to receive a replacement cart.

During the franchise agreement, the carts and bins are owned by WMAC. At the end of the agreement in 2019, CVSan owns the carts. Once materials/refuse are placed inside a cart or bin and placed at the curb for collection, they become the property of WMAC.

Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 and a street/curbside exemption form will be mailed to you. A doctor's letter or a certificate from the Department of Motor Vehicles must accompany the request.

Call Code Enforcement to report carts that have been out longer than 24 hours after collection day (510) 670-5408

Collection/Vehicles

Yes. As of May 1, 2009, garbage and recycling are picked up by separate collection trucks

The new WMAC vehicles are Liquid Natural Gas vehicles. That means that they do not use diesel; they use natural gas. These vehicles are cleaner burning and were provided to the District at no additional cost. The vehicles are also semi-automated which means that the driver will be standing inside the vehicle and will get out at every stop in order to bring the cart to the automated arm of the vehicle; the automated arm will pick up and empty the contents of your cart into the collection vehicle. Carts no longer need to be placed 3 feet apart.

Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to report missed collection or fill out a missed pickup form online.

Residential collection will be provided Monday-Friday no earlier than 6:00 a.m., and business collection Monday-Saturday no earlier than 4:00 a.m. (except within 200 feet of residential properties). No service will be provided on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, where services will be one day later through Saturday.

Carts are to be placed street/curbside by 6:00 am on your collection day with their handles to the curb.

Call Code Enforcement to report carts that have been out longer than 24 hours after collection day (510) 670-5408

Reduce Your Waste Size Program

Castro Valley Sanitary District single-family residents (4 units or less) are eligible to receive a $50.00 credit on their next recycling & garbage bill by reducing their waste and garbage cart down to a 20-gallon.  Residents, on their honor, are encouraged to commit to the smallest garbage cart for at least a year. 

Bill payers may now request a downsize by calling the (510) 613-8745 message center with required account information or by completing the online form.  Cart exchanges will be scheduled by appointment.  Read on or call (510) 537-5500 for program details, eligibility guidelines, and the required account information to be left on the message center.

By reducing your garbage cart to a 20-gallon, you will be:

• “Right-sizing” your garbage cart to better represent what you actually send to landfill.

• Saving approximately $12.00 per month on your bill, or $144.00 per year (per 32 to 20-gallon cart migration).  Your next bill will be prorated from the date your request was confirmed with Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. (WMAC).

• Receiving a $50.00 credit on your next WMAC bill. 

Recycling

Inside the Blue Recycling Cart: All clean paper, corrugated cardboard, brown bags and paper, paperboard, paper egg cartons, telephone books and magazines, clear and colored glass containers, aluminum foil and beverage containers, scrap steel and aluminum metals (not exceeding 40 pounds in weight nor two (2) feet in any dimension for any single item); steel including ”tin” cans, aerosol cans (empty, non-toxic products), bimetal containers, all plastics (#1-7) except expanded Polystyrene (EPS).

On top of the Blue Recycling Cart: Dry cell batteries (household batteries such as AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V, and small “button” batteries; no liquid batteries such as automobile batteries).

Next to the Blue Recycling Cart: Flattened corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide.

Customers with blue recycling cart service may flatten corrugated cardboard no larger than 4’ tall x 4’ wide and place beside the blue recycling cart for collection.

Call the Alameda County Recycling Hotline toll-free at (877) STOPWASTE (786-7927) or check out the Recycling Wizard from StopWaste.Org. You may also check out the "What Do I Do With" section of the CVSan website.

PDF CVSDFinalv2CanyonlandsAnnexNegDec-IS090720.pdf

A. CVSan is in the process of applying for an annexation with special provisions for garbage and recycling services only for the Castro Valley Canyonlands. The application will need to go through a review process by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) and therefore CVSan does not have a completion date available. Residents and businesses interested in recycling or organics service may contact WMAC at (510) 537-5500.

Notice of Availability and Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration

Date: July 20, 2009

Project Title: Castro Valley and Palomares Canyonlands Sphere of Influence Amendment and Annexation to Castro Valley Sanitary District for Garbage and Recycling Services

Lead Agency: Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Staff Contact: Naomi R. Lue, Solid Waste Coordinator, naomi@cvsan.org, (510) 537-0757

Project Location: Castro Valley and Palomares Canyonlands area of unincorporated Alameda County

Parcel No.: N/A
Parcel Size: N/A

To Whom It May Concern:
This notice is to inform you of the availability of the environmental review document concerning the proposed project as described below. The document is a Preliminary Negative Declaration, containing information about the possible environmental effects of the proposed project. The Preliminary Negative Declaration documents the determination of the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) that the proposed project could not have a significant adverse effect on the environment. Preparation of a Negative Declaration does not indicate a decision by the CVSan to carry out or not to carry out the proposed project.

Project Description: The project proposes a partial annexation into CVSan’s district boundary of the area referred to as the Castro Valley and Palomares Canyonlands (“Canyonlands”) in order to provide garbage and recycling services. The Canyonlands area is located on unincorporated Alameda County land. No provision of wastewater collection and treatment or other public services is proposed under this partial annexation, nor is such service anticipated to be provided in the future to the area.

Garbage service is currently provided by Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) to roughly 260 addresses on 14 roads in the Canyonlands area, under a franchise agreement with Alameda County that extends into 2019. Thereafter, these services would be provided by any hauler with which the District chooses to contract. Garbage service is currently provided using two types of vehicles, and recycling service would use the same or similar vehicles: a Rear End Loader with a capacity of 20-30 cubic yards depending on the material collected and a pick-up truck mounted with a Par-Kan refuse dumper with a capacity of six cubic yards, for moving collected materials in restricted areas. Collected material would be brought to the Davis Street Recycling & Transfer Station, a municipal solid waste (MSW) transfer station and commingled recycling processing facility in San Leandro.

If you would like a copy of the Preliminary Negative Declaration or have questions concerning environmental review of the proposed project, contact the CVSan staff contact listed above.

Public Review: Public Review of this Preliminary Negative Declaration begins on July 22, 2009 and ends 30 days after publication of this document, by the close of business on August 20, 2009. Written comments on the Preliminary Negative Declaration may be submitted to the CVSan staff contact listed above, until the close of the review period.

Copies of the Preliminary Negative Declaration may be reviewed at www.cvsan.org or at Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, California 94546.

Public Hearing: The Board of Directors will consider adoption of the Negative Declaration and will consider approval of the project at the CVSan Board of Directors Meeting on September 1, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, California 94546.

Toxics List: The project site is not on any list identifying it as a hazardous or toxic waste site.
 

Household Hazardous Waste

Single-Family residents may place one-gallon screw-top containers curbside beside your collection carts on your regular collection day. You can recycle up to three (3) gallons per week of motor oil, transmission fluid, gear lube and other lubricants commonly used in cars and light trucks. Oil filters can be put in a heavyweight sealed clear plastic bag and placed curbside. Call WMAC at (510) 537-5500 to request delivery of a Used Oil jug and filter bag kit.

Used Oil and filters may be dropped off at a Collection Center (see below).

Collection Centers in Castro Valley:
 

  • Castro Valley Autohaus* 20697 Park Way (510) 581-4525
  • Jiffy Lube* 2492 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 582-7677
  • Kevin Hinckley Auto Tech* 5269 Crow Canyon Road (510) 881-1052
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts** 2990 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 881-0761
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts**15604 Hesperian Blvd. (510) 276-7822
  • Quality Tune Up* 2780 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 887-9945
  • RyNck Tire & Auto Center 3430 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 886-9500
  • Sal's Foreign Car Service* 3343 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 582-5282
  • SpeeDee Oil Change 3940 Castro Valley Blvd. (510) 886-9500

*Centers that also accept filters** Center that only collects motor oil; does not change oil.

Because of the toxic chemicals that can leak from batteries that end up in a landfill, it is against the law to throw any battery (including household batteries) into the trash. Single-Family and Multi-Family residents with blue recycling cart service may participate in CVSan’s curbside battery recycling program by placing used dry cell (household) batteries in a sealed clear plastic bag on top of your blue recycling cart on your service day.

Paint is no longer accepted at the curb. All types of paint need to be taken to an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. Call (800) 606-6606 or (510) 670-6460 for more information. Latex and water-based paint will be accepted at the CVSan Recycles Day in August 2012. For more on paint visit www.household-hazwaste.org

Locally, you can purchase a sharps disposal container from local drugstores (Rite Aid, Longs Drug, Walgreens) or from an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. District residents (present a copy of your Waste Management bill or ID at time of purchase) can purchase a postage-paid Sharps Disposal by Mail container at a discount at the Castro Valley Rite Aid. The cost of destruction and mailing, as well as confirmation of destruction, is included in the purchase price.

Full containers must be dropped of at an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility. For further information contact HHW at (800) 606-6606. District residents (present a copy of your Waste Management bill or ID at time of purchase) can purchase a postage-paid Sharps Disposal by Mail container at a discount at the Castro Valley Rite Aid. The cost of destruction and mailing, as well as confirmation of destruction, is included in the purchase price.

There are locations in Oakland, Hayward, Livermore, and Fremont. Hayward and Livermore locations are open every other Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Oakland is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Fremont is open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm and Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. For further information about locations and operation schedule call (800) 606-6606

For a complete list of items accepted at HHW visit www.household-hazwaste.org or call (800)606-6606.

Thanks to the partnership between Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan), Eden Medical Center, and the Alameda County Medication Disposal Initiative Workgroup, you can now drop off your pharmaceutical waste at Eden Medical Center for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The location of the free public collection box is:
Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546

For procedures and more click here.

 

You can also bring expired medications to an Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Visit our Houshold Hazardous Waste webpage for occasional local pharmaceutical take-back events.

http://www.cvsan.org/content/household-hazardous-waste

 

 

Organics/Composting

Call the 'Rotline' at (510) 444-SOIL for information about home composting, and remember that many items not compostable at home (food-soiled paper, meat and cheese, bread products) can be placed in your green organics cart for composting

CVSan currently has Open Air pails available. These are larger green containers with a handle and no lid. A standard grocery store paper bag fits inside the pail, and allows moisture from the food scraps and food-soiled paper to evaporate quicker and easier than a pail with a sealed lid. Residents and small businesses have found these pails to work well, and place them on the floor next to indoor recycling and garbage containers. The vented lid pail allows most smells from the container to be kept inside while not in use. Interested parties may complete a Donation Request Form.

Lateral Replacement Grant Program

Yes, CVSan offers a reimbursement program to help residents replace their sewer laterals. This program is called the Lateral Replacement Grant Program. Funds are replenished based on a fiscal year (July through June). For more information and availability, contact CVSan at (510) 606-1300.

General Wastewater

East Bay Municipal Utility District supplies homes with clean water, whereas CVSan is responsible for the collection and treatment of wastewater.


A collection system is a network of pipes, manholes, clean-outs, lift stations and other structures used to collect all wastewater and transport it to a treatment plant or disposal system. CVSan is a collection system only. Treatment and disposal take place at the Castro Valley/Oro Loma Wastewater Treatment Facility in San Lorenzo.

Sanitary sewer systems are the collection of pipes, pumps and lift stations, manholes, service lines, and other infrastructure throughout the District designed to handle and safely transport used water, body wastes, and toilet paper as sewage to a treatment plant.

Sewer Overflow/Backup

Contact CVSan immediately to report a sewage overflow. To contact CVSan during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm), please call (510) 537-0757. For after hours (weekdays between 4:00 pm – 7:00 am and weekends) please contact CVSan on-call personnel at (510) 506-5821.

When a backup occurs, contact CVSan’s Main Office at 510-537-0757 during business hours (7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri) or (510) 506-5821 after hours.

CVSan will assess the backup to determine if the blockage is in the public sewer line or the property owner’s private sewer lateral. CVSan will clear blockages that occur in the public sewer line only. Property owners are responsible for blockages that occur in their private sewer lateral, located within two (2) feet of the foundation wall of the building and extending to and including the connection to the public sewer line.

If it is determined that the public sewer line is blocked, only CVSan has the authority to clear the system. If the public sewer line is clear, the District’s representative may advise the property owner to contact a plumbing contractor to perform maintenance to their private sewer lateral.

Most sewer backups happen because the line is plugged with an obstruction. However, backups can be caused by several factors including the condition of the sanitary sewer system itself, natural phenomena such as earth movement, heavy rainfall, and the incorrect usage of the system by the public.

Some common backup causes are:

- Solids / debris – Typical solids that buildup in the pipe and cause backups are dirt, hair, bones, tampons, paper towels, kitty litter, diapers, broken dishware, garbage, concrete, and debris.

- Fat/Oil/Grease - When fat, oil or grease is discharged into a sewer system they will solidify and, after a while, can build up and plug drain lines in your building or complex. They can also plug the sewer lines owned by the District, thus increasing the maintenance cost to the District. Plugged sewers can also cause flooding of nearby private homes and businesses.

- Tree Root infiltration – Tree roots can cause backups. Roots can infiltrate the pipe system and block the wastewater flow.

- Water inflow/infiltration – Rainwater entering the public sewer line can cause system problems and overflows. If the sanitary sewers only transported wastewater, backups would only occur when obstructions were present in sewer pipes. However, during certain wet weather conditions, sanitary sewers can become overloaded with groundwater or storm water runoff so they become surcharged or overloaded. This results in backups into lower levels and basements, or slow running services.

- Structural defects in pipes and manholes – Significant sags, bellies in the line, cracks, holes, protruding laterals, misaligned pipe, offset and open joints and collapsing pipe material are all possible causes of backups.

Sewer Service Charge

The purpose of the sewer service charge is to raise revenue to fund the cost for maintenance and operation and for renewal and replacement of the facilities necessary to collect, treat and dispose of wastewater generated from your home or business to ultimate deep-water discharge into San Francisco Bay.

The District uses the Alameda County Tax Rolls as the primary method of collection of the Sanitary Sewer Service Charge on an annual basis. This line item shows up on the property owner’s property tax bill under the Special Assessments section.

The District has one of the lowest rates in Alameda County and lower than the average annual charge in the State of California.

Manhole Lids

The manholes circular metal lid usually located in the middle (sometimes to the side) of the roadway are for access to the sanitary sewer pipe. Only authorized District personnel can remove the manhole. Unauthorized entry into manholes is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program

Sewer capacity constraints are frequently caused by improper materials, including fats, oils, and greases being introduced into the sewer system by District residents and businesses.

From 50–70 percent of all sanitary sewer system problems overflows are caused by accumulations of fats, oils and greases discharged to it from the preparation and serving of food.

Many sources. In the food industry, "grease" often refers to fats and oils derived from animal and vegetable sources. These include meats, nuts, cereals, beans and waxes/paraffins.

Grease abatement devices are outdoor Gravity Grease Interceptors (GGIs) or indoor grease traps commonly known as Grease Removal Devises (GRDs) or Hydro-mechanical Grease Interceptor (HGIs) designed, constructed and intended to remove, hold or otherwise prevent the passage of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) into the sanitary sewer.

Any Food Service Establishment (FSE) that introduces FOG into the sewer system in quantities large enough to cause line blockages or hinder sewage treatment is required to install a grease trap or interceptor.

Yes. The reason you need a grease trap or grease interceptor is because of the clean up, not the cooking. When you wash your cooking equipment, you are washing fats, oils, and grease (not to mention solids) into the building drainage system. It’s the fats, oils, grease and solids (food stuffs) that damage sewer systems.

It is recommended that, all grease abatement devices should be maintained regularly such that the depth of floating FOG and settled solids accumulation do not exceed 25% of the hydraulic length, at any time. Thereby the working depth of each device stays more than 75% for effective FOG separation. All grease removal devices shall be maintained to ensure compliance with the District’s discharge limits for oil and grease in accordance with CVSan Code Section 6206. As per CVSan code section 4130, the minimum cleaning frequency required for all grease interceptors is 6 months. Some establishments will find it necessary to clean their interceptors more often than what is required by the code.

The Uniform Plumbing Code requires that no grease trap have a capacity less than 20 gallons per minute (gpm) or more than 55 gpm. The size of the trap depends upon the number of fixtures connected to it. The size will also depend upon the maintenance schedule. If a grease trap or interceptor is not maintained regularly, it will not provide the necessary grease removal. The following table shows the gallons per minute (gpm) value for the total number of drainage fixture units (DFUs).

The small under-the-sink or under-the-counter traps that are usually located inside the building may be cleaned by the establishment itself. It is recommended that if cleaning is performed by kitchen staff, solids and FOG should be dewatered and discarded in the trash. The large outside interceptors must be cleaned by a licensed grease hauler. A list of licensed grease haulers can be found here. This is due to the volume of waste contained inside the trap and the proper disposal of this waste. The interceptors are roughly the size of a residential septic tank and they are confined spaces. No one is allowed to enter confined spaces without training or certification.

According to California Food and Agricultural Code Sections 19310 and 19311, a ‘Licensed Grease Hauler’ is a person who is registered with the department of Food and Agriculture as a transporter of inedible kitchen grease and who is in possession of a valid registration certificate from the Department of Food and Agriculture. Licensed Grease Haulers are eligible to operate vehicles for the purpose of collecting inedible kitchen grease that includes used cooking/fryer oil. They are also eligible to clean the grease traps and grease interceptors.

Do not pour yellow grease down the drain or in the trash. It is best to compost small amounts of cooking/fryer oil (in a paper milk or ice cream carton). Large amounts of cooking/fryer oil should be collected in a separate recycling bin or container setup either inside or outside the building and hauled through a licensed grease hauler. Large amounts of used oil can also be transported by the food facilities in their own vehicles to the central collection point.

It is best to compost small amounts of grease scrapped from traps and cook-wares (in a paper milk or ice cream carton).The grease from traps and cook-wares should not go into the used oil recycle storage bin. Brown grease should not be mixed with yellow grease, unless the yellow grease hauler can recycle the entire contents when they are mixed. Large quantities of brown grease should be poured into regular garbage (solid waste) for pick up and disposal.

Easement

An Easement is a legal document that conveys limited property rights from the Grantor (Property Owner) to the Grantee (Castro Valley Sanitary District). This document is usually recorded in the office of the Alameda County Recorder. A sanitary sewer easement creates a non-exclusive, perpetual right to use a portion of your property for sanitary sewer purposes. This provides the District with access rights to repair, replace, inspect, enlarge, change, maintain, test and/or remove the sanitary sewer located within the easement.

The Property Owner continues to own the land and has only given up defined rights on the portion of land used for the easement. Maintenance of the property within the easement is the responsibility of the Property Owner.

The easement is typically ten feet wide (five feet on either side of the sanitary sewer), however, the size may vary. The location will be determined from recorded maps or a grant of easement document. If you are unfamiliar with the size and location of your easement please contact your title company or the District at (510) 537-0757.

The District, if it has an easement, may go onto the easement at any time. The District may, on occasion, have a Contractor present to perform specific tasks relating to the District's operations. We will make an effort to notify you prior to entry, however, in the case of an emergency we may need to enter without prior notification. Please request, at any time, to see District personnel photo identification cards, or contact the District at (510) 537-0757.

Easement are typically granted to the District with the understanding that the property owner may make improvements to the surface such as fences, asphalt paving, trees, irrigation and lighting systems or similar improvements. As part of the agreement, the District is permitted to remove any of these improvements for the purpose of maintaining and/or replacing the sanitary sewer. Please note that the District is not liable for any damage to your improvements.

Do not place planters or any other objects on manhole covers.

Fences and gates are not to be constructed over manhole covers.

No permanent structures are to be erected within the easement location.

Keep the location of the easement clear of debris and material, especially around manhole access points.

Planting of trees within the easement is not permitted without prior approval from the District.

• For more information on keeping the area clear within the easement, please contact the District at (510) 537-0757.

An encroachment is a physical intrusion in an area of the easement contrary to the agreement. The District may require that any unauthorized encroachments be removed at the property owner's expense. All encroachments on easements require written approval of the District by way of an Encroachment Agreement.

The property owner may be faced with all costs of removal and any associated damages resulting from unauthorized structures or improvements on land subject to an easement.

Wastewater

The District makes every effort to try to minimize impacts on you, however, if you own a dog this makes our work a little more challenging! We would appreciate if you could provide us with your name and contact number so we can make special arrangements with you regarding the care for your dog before entering your property. Please contact us at (510) 537-0757.

Any Food Service Establishment (FSE) that introduces FOG into the sewer system in quantities large enough to cause line blockages or hinder sewage treatment is required to install a grease trap or interceptor.