Monthly Department Updates

Solid Waste Department

(from a August 11, 2014 staff memo to the Board of Directors)

1.       Solid Waste Department
The Department actively participated in preparing for CVSan’s 75thAnniversary event on July 25th.  Staff interviewed an Environmental Services Intern candidate through Alameda County’s Youth Employment Program (Soulciety) and received confirmation that the Intern will be starting on August 8th.  

2.       Solid Waste Committee
The Committee will meet on August 7thand review the Earth Day: Clean-Up & Recycle reports from the April 26thevent, review the 2014/15 Green Ribbon Schools Program and Environmental Leadership in Waste Reduction Scholarship applications, discuss next steps for the Zero Waste Strategic Plan, review 2013/14 reports for Commercial Business and Multi-Family Recycling and Organics Programs, and discuss Canyonlands Recycling.

3.       State of Organics in California
CVSan was nominated by WMAC for the State of Organics in California press event co-hosted by Energy Vision and Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro on August 12that the California State Capitol.  At the event, CVSan and WMAC will be celebrated for its progress as champions in successfully meeting the organic materials recycling challenge. 

4.       Zero Waste
CVSan’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan was presented and approved at the August Board meeting.  The finalized document will be released by the end of August and available on CVSan’s website for viewing.    

5.       WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meetingwas held on July 16th; please see attached meeting minutes.  Second Quarter tonnages have been attached.

6.       CalRecycle

The department submitted the 2013 Electronic Annual Report (EAR) on August 1st.  CVSan participated in a conference call with the new CalRecycle Local Assistance liaison this month and scheduled the annual site visit for August 15th.  CalRecycle asked questions regarding CVSan’s procurement procedures, mandatory recycling outreach, and WMAC reporting procedures. 

7.       Multi-Family Recycling

For the month of July, staff processed 6 donation requests for MFDs to enhance recycling programs and start food scrap recycling at all 6 complexes. 

Staff completed an annual report and a multi-family 3-year vision plan update.  For the near-term, multi-family outreach will focus on providing technical assistance for Phase II compliance with the Countywide Mandatory Recycling Ordinance (organics).  Future plans include researching effective tenant outreach tools and block leader programs.  CVSan met with StopWaste this month to go over implementation of Phase I and Phase II in Castro Valley, including StopWaste enforcement.  The meeting was effective and helpful to understand differences between multi-family and commercial business portions of the ordinance and the respective enforcement procedures.

8.       Commercial Recycling

Organics: None this month.

Countywide Mandatory Recycling Ordinance:Enforcement for phase one of the Countywide mandatory recycling ordinance will began on July 1, 2014 with StopWaste inspections.  Staff has met with StopWaste and their technical assistance contractor Cascadia and are already planning to coordinate efforts in Castro Valley starting in late August.

The 4R Business, 4R Planet Recognition Program:None this month.

9.       School Programs

Staff developed the 2014/15 school year plan that includes a couple new projects related to the Reuse theme and to promote Reuse to students.  Staff researched potential promotional items and created a new character named “Again!” to be included on all school-related publicity this year. 

Staff prepared updates to the Green Ribbon Schools Program application and the CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship application for the August Solid Waste Committee meeting.  Both of these programs will be advertised in early Fall.

10.     Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

All street cans were power-washed in July.  Staff completed a street can audit on July 10thand found minimal graffiti/vandalism.  The volunteer Graffiti Team had completed almost all requests generated from the May audit, demonstrating the importance of the partnership.

Asset Information Management System:Staff is finalizing the pilot AIMS program for street cans.  The pilot will be ready for staff use in late August.

11.     Used Oil Recycling Grant

Under the direction of staff, a volunteer prepared 400 used oil recycling kits to be handed out at the August 9thCollection Event.  Each kit contains a shop towel and a flyer advertising the Fall Filter Exchange Event, which will take place September 8ththrough October 17th.  Additionally, staff is preparing to submit the Used Oil Annual Report by August 15thfor OPP3 and OPP4 funding from CalRecycle.

12.     Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Nine (9) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during July: (1) ad promoting the pharmaceutical drop box at Eden; (2) ads promoting CVSan Recycles Day; (1) ad promoting the Reduce Your Waste Size program; (1) ad promoting Used Oil disposal options; (1) ad promoting LRGP, (2) ads promoting CVSan 75thAnniversary event; and (1) ad promoting Reuse.

13.     Pipeline Newsletter

The Summer 2014 Pipeline has been printed and the extra copies have been delivered to CVSan.  The newsletter will now reach the community in mid-August.  Staff has also begun article planning for the Fall 2014 Pipeline newsletter.

14.     Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC met on Thursday, July 10thand took a Green Building Tour of CVSan offices at Marshall Street.  The Committee also discussed CVSan’s Fall Festival booth, a Center Street Property draft press release, Canyonlands recycling, Green Ribbon, and pharmaceuticals.  The Committee also received a short presentation on food waste and its many solutions.   

15.     Website/Social Media

During the month of July, there were 10 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s

programs and 3 photos posted to Facebook and Twitter sites during the month. Most of the posts continue to promote messages from the weekly Castro Valley Forum ads and various departmental programs. 

16.     Web-based Video
CVSan, with its multi-media contractor, filmed a series of four commercial/business videos in May.  The film footage was taken at several CVSan 4R Star businesses and was edited and compiled into 90-120 second videos. CVSan is now in the process of reviewing and editing the videos for completion in August.

17.     Calendar/Annual Report
Staff is now working on article topic ideas for the 2013/14 Annual Report as well as the layout and images for the 2015 Calendar.  A rough draft version of the 2015 calendar will be reaching the PR Committee in September or October.

18.     CVSan Recycles Day

CVSan’s event was successfully held on August 9that Canyon Middle School.  1,160 CVSan residents and business owners recycled 1,260 pounds of household batteries, filled 10 Gaylord boxes of latex paint, and 254 vehicles brought 16 8-gallon containers of pharmaceuticals (15 gallons of non-controlled and 1-gallon controlled).  3,960 free 1-cubic foot bags of compost were distributed at three per household or business and 352 used oil recycling kits were distributed.  Weight of pharmaceuticals, pounds of e-waste, linear feet of tubular bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs are all unknown at this time.  An event report with trending information will be presented at the October Solid Waste Committee meeting.

19.     Event Greening
Staff worked with Sutter/Eden Medical Center and Green Hearts volunteers for the Run to the Lake on Sunday, July 13th.  At least 5 volunteers participated and assisted the event to recycle and compost materials at a very high rate with minimal garbage.  Staff is beginning to work with the Chamber, and its event coordinator, for greening for the 2014 Fall Festival.  It is expected that vendors will be given CVSan-drafted contract language on recyclable and compostable materials that they will be required to purchase.  Vendors will also be given information on non-recyclable and non-compostable materials that they be asked to refrain from purchasing.

20.     Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Eden Medical Center has been collected 63 times since it opened in September 2011. The average weight of collection is 54 pounds and the box is consistently collected two times a month. 

21.     Bay-Friendly Landscape
Thirty-six (36) new Bay-Friendly Landscape signs were received July 3rd.  In preparation for CVSan’s 75thAnniversary Event, Four Dimension Landscape Company performed heavy landscape maintenance July 1stand fixed broken irrigation lines on July 3rd.

22.     CVSan’s 75thAnniversary
The Department was pleased to participate in CVSan’s 75thAnniversary event on Friday, July 25th.  Activities in the afternoon included a WMAC automated organics truck demonstration, photo slide presentation, and a t-shirt to bag activity where old Earth Day event t-shirts were cut up by attendees, and sewn by staff into reusable shopping bags.  Staff also created event signage and poster panels of CVSan’s solid waste history for the Board Room walls.  Resolutions and letters of commendation solicited by the Department were presented by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Nate Miley, California Resource Recovery Association, Northern California Recycling Association, and Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste).

23.     Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 22 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $3,050.23 during the month of June. 

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2012 Legislative Update & Priority (from Californians Against Waste (CAW), California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and StopWaste.Org)


SB 1219 (Wolk) Plastic Bag Recycling
Summary. SB 1219 proposes to extend the sunset of AB 2449 (Levine) which mandates plastic bag recycling at supermarkets.

Position and Status. CAW is watching.


SB 1159 (Calderon) Plastic Bag Recycling

Summary. SB 1159 would create the Plastic Bag Reduction and Recycling Act.

Position and Status.


AB 1442 (Wieckowski) Pharmaceutical Waste Hauling

Summary.AB 1442 allows for medical waste generators to apply for waste hauling exemptions in transporting pharmaceutical waste.

Position and Status.CAW is watching.

AB 1442 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee on March 20.


AB 1834 (Brownley) - Reusable Bag Definition

Summary. AB 1834 would add a reusable bag definition to the Public Resources Code.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 1834 is currently in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.


AB 1647 (Gordon) - Tires

Summary.Increases the enforcement of existing tire hauling and manifesting laws to prevent the illegal export of waste tires.

Position and Status.

Support. Scheduled to be heard in Assembly Natural Resources Committee on March 26.


AB 298 (Brownley) - Reusable Bag Bill

Summary. AB 298 prohibits manufacturers from selling or distributing reusable bags to customers unless they meet certain requirements.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 298 may be acted upon this year. It is currently in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee after passing the Assembly Floor on 4/28, 49-25.


AB 960 (Bonnie Lowenthal) - E-waste Export

Summary.AB 960 will help reduce the export of electronic waste overseas.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 960 was held in Senate Appropriations and is now a 2 year bill.


SB 568 (Lowenthal) - Polystyrene Food Containers

Summary.SB 568 prohibits food vendors from dispensing cooked food in polystyrene foam or styrofoam containers.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 568 is inactive on the Assembly floor but eligible to be voted on this year.


SB 589 (Lowenthal) - Fluorescent Light Recycling

Summary.SB 589 would establish a product stewardship program for mercury-containing lamps.

Position and Status. Watch. SB 589 is now a 2-year bill.


AB 1933 (Gordon) - Bottle Bill Enforcement

Summary.This bill is an enforcement bill to reduce fraud from recyclers attempting to import and redeem beverage containers in CA. This measure would lower the load limit a person can import beverage containers into the state before reporting to CalRecycle, and also requires documentation of the source and destination of the material.

Position and Status.

Support. AB 1933 is scheduled to be heard in Assembly Natural Resources Committee 3/26


AB 341 (Chesbro) - Jobs and Recycling

Summary.AB 341 would create green jobs by expanding recycling to every multi-family dwelling and business and would charge CalRecycle with the responsibility for ensuring that the state is recycling at least 75% of the garbage that it generates by 2020.

Position and Status.

CAW Supports.

UPDATE! Governor Brown Signed AB 341!


AB 1149 (Gordon and Wieckowski) - Recycled Plastic Market Development

Summary.AB 1149 would extend a January 1, 2012 sunset for the Plastic Market Development program to continue investment in California’s plastics recycling and manufacturing infrastructure. It would also authorize CalRecycle to ‘reinvest’ up to 50% of savings from an anticipated drop in PET processing fee offsets back into Plastic Market Development Payments.

Position and Status.CAW-sponsored.

UPDATE: Governor Brown Signed AB 1149!


AB 583 (Knight) - Consolidate E-waste Program

Summary. consolidate the E-waste program by transfering DTSC powers to CalRecycle.

Position and Status. Watch. This bill died in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee.


AB 1019 (Perez) - Carpet Stewardship

Summary. would reenact AB 2398, the Carpet Stewardship Bill passed last year.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. AB 1019 is still alive from last year.


AB 1178 (Ma) - Prohibition on Local Disposal Limits

Summary. AB 1178 prohibits local governments from limiting disposal of imported waste.

Position and Status. CAW Opposes.

AB 1178 is in Senate Environmental Quality Committee and will be eligible to be heard this year.


AB 812 (Ma) - Recycled Concrete and Asphalt

Summary. AB 812 would increase the allowable amount of recycled asphalt pavement used by CalTrans to 50%.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. AB 812 is currently in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee.


SB 833 (Vargas) - Gregory Canyon Landfill

Summary. SB 833 would have limited the building of landfills that are within a specific distance of a San Diego waterway or Native American sacred site. Specifically, this legislation would have applied to the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

Governor Brown vetoed SB 833.  Read the veto message.


SB 489 (Wolk) - Net Energy Metering

Summary. SB 489 will foster the development of anaerobic digesters and other small renewable energy projects by allowing them to be included in the state's Net Energy Metering program.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 489 was signed by the Governor.


AB 408 (Wieckowski) - Paint and Used Oil Recycling

Summary.AB 408 provides regulatory reform to make paint and used oil recycling easier.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 408 was signed into law by the Governor.


AB 794 (Wieckowski) - Strengthening CA's Landmark E-waste Law

Summary.AB 794 would close a loophole in current e-waste law and protect the state against frivolous lawsuit.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 794 is heading to the Senate Floor.*update: AB 794 was gutted and amended and is now local facility bonds.


SB 419 (Simitian) - Home-Generated Medical Sharps

Summary. SB 419 requires medical sharps manufacturers to improve electronic access to their annual sharps disposal reports.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 419 is in the Assembly Appropriations committee and eligible to be heard this year.


SB 915 (Calderon) - Plastic Carryout Bags

Summary. SB 915 mandates reduced plastic bag use and establishes a schedule of required recycled content in plastic bags, including both post consumer content and post-industrial content.

Position and Status. CAW was watching this bill. It was pulled from Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 5/2 and is no longer active.


AB 921 (Allen) - Compost Study Bill

Summary. AB 921 directs the state to measure the significant agricultural water efficiency benefits of applying compost to croplands.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. AB 921 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on 5/27 and is now a dead bill.


AB 525 (Gordon) - Tire Recycling

SummaryAB 525 (Gordon) extends CalRecycle's successful Rubberized Asphalt Concrete tire recycling program.

Position and StatusCAW Supports. AB 525 just passed both houses and was signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011.


AB 34 (Williams) Compost Infrastructure Development

Summary. AB 34 targets the most prevalent items in our waste stream by encouraging the development of compost facilities to recycle organic materials.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

AB 34 was held in Assembly Appropriations Committee and is now dead.


SB 567 (DeSaulnier) - Truthful Environmental Advertising in Plastics

Summary.SB 567 expands the scope of current plastic end-of-life claim labeling requirements from bags and food packaging to all plastic products.

Position and Status.

CAW Supports.

UPDATE: Governor Brown signed SB 567!


AB 818 (Blumenfield) - Renter's Right to Recycle Act

Summary.AB 818, the Renter's Right to Recycle Act, provides a residential recycling opportunity for more than 7.1 million Californians residing in more than 2.4 million multifamily dwelling units.

Position and Status.  CAW Supports.

AB 818 passed the legislature and was signed in to law by Governor Jerry Brown.


SB 515 (Corbett) Household Battery Recycling Bill

Summary.Product stewardship for household batteries

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 515 was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now a dead bill. Previously, it passed out of Senate Environmental Quality Committee  4/4/2011 with a 5-2 vote.




Bill #


Subject Note: CRRA positions are subject to change based on changes to legislative text.

CRRA Position

AB 298


Would require reusable bags are made from materials that can be cleaned and disinfected; bags may not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.


AB 34


Spot bill potentially for compost use issue.


AB 341


Mandate local govs provide recycling program for businesses with >4 yards of weekly garbage/recycling services, and potentially all multi family residences;  Increase AB 939 waste diversion mandate from 50% to 75% by 2020; Ease review process for local nondisposal facility element (NDFE); Change submission deadline for local diversion mandate reports to May 1.


AB 525


Would extend for 5 years tire recycling grant program that would otherwise expire this year.


AB 818


Would enact the Renters’ Right to Recycle Act would require MFD owners to arrange for recycling services.


AB 900


Require schools to provide recycling and composting bins, but says nothing about provision of recycling collection services.


AB 921


Would enact the Agriculture Water Efficiency with Compost Use and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2011, requiring CalRecycle in consultation with UC to measure agricultural water efficiency resulting from the use of compost.


AB 960

Bonnie Lowenthal

Would require recyclers to conform their export practices as a condition of receiving existing payments under California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003.


AB 1149

Gordon and Wieckowski

Would extend for 5 years the Plastic Market Development program that would otherwise expire 1/1/12.


SB 515


Establish a product stewardship program for household batteries including rechargeable and single-use alkaline batteries.


SB 567


Would prohibit misleading labeling of plastic products such as “biodegradable” on plastic products.


SB 568


Would prohibit use of polystyrene foam food takeout containers, including clamshells, cups and bowls.


SB 915


Would suspend local plastic bag ordinances and prohibit local governments from enacting plastic bag bans or fees on plastic bags. Would also establish a mandatory recycled content in plastic bags (Year 1 - 5% PC; Year 2 – 7% PC; Year 3 – 10% PC), increase funding for recycling education, and establish incentives for consumers to return or recycle plastic bags.



Watch List


AB 204


Sales and use taxes exemption for biomass energy production


AB 712


Convenience Zone recyclers


AB 768




AB 812


Use of recycled concrete and asphalt by CalTrans


AB 1019




AB 1178




SB 41




SB 419




SB 457


Curbside collection of HHW


SB 518


Bottle Bill


SB 589




SB 771


LFG to energy


SB 833




SB 932