1.         Zero Waste Department
The Department prepared for onboarding the Zero Waste Program Intern, a quarterly evaluation was conducted for the Zero Waste Outreach Specialist, and a 30-day evaluation was conducted for a Zero Waste Specialist.  A presentation was made to the Board at the December 11th workshop with upcoming highlights for 2019.  Staff participated in the 80th Anniversary Committee, IT Committee, New Facilities Committee, and WOW Committee meetings. 


2.         Zero Waste Committee
The Committee will meet on January 15th and minutes will be included in the March Board agenda packet.

3.         Zero Waste

The Department brainstormed Zero Waste-themed messaging for vehicle signs which will appear on ACI vehicles starting in May.  The messages on the signs will be connected with the type of materials that the vehicle collects and will be reviewed by the Communications Committee.  Please see Item No. 19, Community Group Outreach, regarding Zero Waste Week preparations for February.


4.         Alameda County Industries (ACI)
Meetings with ACI were held on December 4th, 17th, and 20th to discuss letters to hard-to-service customers, vehicle signs, commercial and multi-family visits and forms used, website updates, non-collection and courtesy notices, and parameters for textile collection.  A photo shoot was completed on December 21st of various items and containers for upcoming guides and educational signage.

Proposition 218 Rate Notification: A notification with maximum proposed rates for five years was mailed to all property owners on December 21st prior to the February 5th Public Hearing.

Rate Amendment 1: The draft Rate Amendment 1 will be presented to the Board at the January 8th regular meeting.  Additional rates will be included, and the final will be presented at the February 5th regular meeting.

5.         Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC)

Monthly Coordination Meeting: A meeting was held on December 12th; please see attached meeting minutes. 

6.         Multi-Family Recycling

Nine audit or maintenance letters were mailed this month.  Several donation requests were processed for multi-family properties in December. Staff completed 29 annual lid flip audits at 29 different MFD complexes for organics, recycling, and garbage contamination.  Oops postcards were sent out to all 29 complexes to note 20% or more recycling or organics in the garbage (and what items were commonly found).  During the audits, staff did notice significant improvements (less good stuff in the garbage) for organics and recycling in complexes where they had recently started food scrap recycling programs.


7.         Commercial Recycling

Commercial Audits: Staff met with two businesses to assess their recycling and organics programs and to provide assistance as needed.

Staff met to discuss the commercial outreach plan for the months prior to the transition services to Alameda County Industries.

4R Star Program: No applications were received in December.

8.         School Programs
Online registration for 4Rs Field Trips is almost complete with 28 3rd grade classes in Castro Valley having now registered for their 2019 field trips.  Staff is now preparing for field trips to start on January 8th.  Staff will start waste audits and food scrap and blue bin check-ins during January as well.


9.         Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance

No update since last month. The next Street Can Audit is scheduled for 1/23 and 1/24.


10.      Used Motor Oil Recycling Grant

The spring Filter Exchange Program will run from February 18, 2019 – March 29, 2019. Staff is currently editing publicity materials to begin distribution in January.


11.       Earth Day Clean-Up and Recycles Day

Clean-Up: Staff is working on site signup forms and flyers for CVSan’s Earth Day Clean-Up, to be held on Saturday, April 13th.  In January, staff will roll out forms and publicity to schools and public sites.


Recycles Day: Staff completed the August 2018 Recycles Day report, which will be presented at the January Zero Waste Committee meeting. Planning for the April 13, 2019 Recycles Day event has begun, as staff has scheduled coordination meetings with WMAC to discuss event logistics and to work on publicity materials.


12.      Advertisements

Two Solid Waste-focused ads ran in the Castro Valley Forum during December: one ad focused on buying experiences instead of things during the holidays and one ad focused on holiday tree recycling. One Solid Waste-focused ad ran in the Castro Valley High School Olympian focused on the CVSan student scholarship.


13.       Pipeline Newsletter

During December staff reviewed the draft layout of the Winter 2019 Pipeline, which will reach the public in February.  


14.       Website/Social Media

Staff participated in evaluating draft website redesign layouts and provided feedback to the contractor for CVSan’s new website.


During December the construction and demolition, mattress recycling, Recycles Day, e-waste, Zero Waste Week, pharmaceuticals, multi-family recycling, 4R Star directory, community and education, and Solid Waste rates pages were updated on CVSan’s current website.


15.      E-Blasts
Staff sent out eBlasts for multi-family and school programs in December.


16.       Reduce
Please see Item No. 19, Community Group Outreach, regarding Zero Waste Week preparations for February.


17.      Reuse
The next Fixit Clinic and Clothing Swap ‘N Sew will be held on February 9th at the Castro Valley Library.  Staff is currently creating publicity materials and will continue to coordinate with Fixit Clinic coaches and organizers to prepare for the event.


18.       Event Greening
Staff will be working with ACI in January to start planning for event greening and station monitors once ACI takes over in May.  ACI will be providing station monitors for two events each year.

19.       Community Group Outreach
Zero Waste Week: Staff continues to work on preparations for CVSan’s Zero Waste Week in early February and plans to publish Castro Valley Forum Advertisements, Chamber eBlast Advertisements, and Social Media posts in January for Zero Waste Week.  Staff will also be promoting the events through school emails and presentations, including at the 4Rs Field Trips.


20.       Green Hearts Volunteers
Staff coordinated several Green Hearts volunteers to assemble food scrap pails during the last week in December.  More volunteers are scheduled for the first week of January with the potential to complete almost 1,000 pails between the two weeks.


21.       Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

No change since last month.


22.       Staff Training
Staff participated in the quarterly Teambuilding Verbal Judo training on December 18th.


23.       Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 6 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $1,503.91 during the month of December.




Administrative Fees
New Res
Pack Sent


January $59,652.70 29 7 4 25 16
February $57,108.34 46 0 8 7 11
March $193,383.56 50 9 11 10 11
April $62,070.77 49 11 8 26 22
May $65,478.50 85 1 73 31 17
June $186,828.04 58 5 9 11 16
July $61,685.93 80 0 5 19 18
August $58,945.85 68 4 9 15 16
September $183,247.14 58 0 14 10 19
October $63,682.46 56 13 33 13 11
November $58,416.82 38 13 4 11 9
December $187,483.66 68 7 3 7 18
2018 $1,237,983.77 685 70 181 185 184
2017 $1184,010.66 693 127 172 89 155
2016 $1,130,189.26 710 166 55 128 130
2015 $1,081,778.12 668 231 63 133 81
2014 $1,038,681.55 682 214 72 102 89
2013 $1,032,944.80 569 237 106 98 92
2012 $1,018,905.30 799 198 110 92 78
2011 $980,417.43 579 195 135 150 83
2010 $920,986.76 671 205 96 187 100
2009 $777,740.14 544 277 159 743 215
2008 $608,998.07 446 374 149 136 137