Monthly Department Updates

Solid Waste Department

(from a June 13, 2014 staff memo to the Board of Directors)

1.       Solid Waste Department
Solid Waste District Performance Indicators (DPIs) for FY 2014/15 and the Department’s Brainstory for 2014-16 were presented at the Department Heads Workshop, May 22-23 in Santa Rosa, in addition to a session on Project Management and Planning. Staff has been working on Succession Planning for the Administration Department, application and participation in Alameda County’s Youth Employment Program via Supervisor Miley and Soulciety for two interns for CVSan, recruitment and planning for a CVSan Summer Environmental Services Intern, and completion of the current Solid Waste Program Intern’s term in June.

2.       Solid Waste Committee
The Committee met on June 5thand reviewed draft Zero Waste Strategy Options, 4Rs Field Trip Report, School Waste Audit Report, received an update on the Special Assessment for Delinquent Accounts, Notice of Incomplete Route, and the May 2014 Waste Management Quality Control Audit.

3.       Zero Waste
Revised draft Zero Waste Strategic Plan initiatives were presented to Solid Waste Committee on June 5th, at the Board Workshop on June 17th, and will be presented at the July Board meeting, with a final presentation at the August Board meeting. 

Altamont Education Advisory Board Grant: CVSan was awarded a grant by the Altamont Education Advisory Board for $2,965.00 for Community Volunteer Zero Waste Education. Funds will be used to educate 10 community member volunteers on zero waste and high diversion during FY 2014/15.

4.       Household Hazardous Waste

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board approved the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) fee at the May 28thWMA Board meeting. New facility hours will go into effect January 1, 2015. All facilities will be open at least every week. Starting this summer, HHW will also have a “soft start” household e-waste collection. 

Multi-family owners will now be able to use the HHW small business program and can bring in tenant waste for no additional cost (beyond the base cost of the program).  Jurisdictions can provide input on if they would like specific questions to be included on the HHW delivery form survey. HHW is looking for 12 locations throughout the county to host one-day HHW collection events (500 car maximum events) each year.  They would like to piggy-back off of large events currently in place, such as CVSan’s Recycles Day event at Canyon Middle School.

5.       WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meetingwas held on May 21st; please see attached meeting minutes including a “Notice of Incomplete Route” on April 11th, and response letter received from WMAC on June 18th.  Please see attached “Residential Recycling Data May 2009-December 2013” and letter response from CVSan dated June 18th.

Special Assessment for Delinquent Accounts: Staff has been processing the Request for Administrative Hearing forms, and correspondence received from the letters and verifying current property owners who were not the owners during the period of the delinquent bill.  The Board will conduct an Administrative Hearing at the regular Board meeting on July 1st.    

Quality Control Audit: A residential route audit was conducted on May 21st.  Staff found the quality of service from WMAC to be very good, with 27 lids open, 3 carts down, 0 carts blocking driveways, 0 carts out further than a parked car, and 0 incidents of litter.  Results were presented to Solid Waste Committee.

Davis Street Transfer Station Tour: On May 30th, 6 residents attended the Davis Street Transfer Station (DSTS) Tour.  Residents commented that they found the tour to be educational and valuable. On June 20th, Board members and staff will attend a tour of the new C&D and Dry Materials Recovery Facility at DSTS.

6.       Multi-Family Recycling

Staff continues to work with the Waste Management Recycling Representative to update the program database with service changes, food scrap recycling programs, and changes in diversion. Staff conducted 4 MFD site visits, mailed Oops postcards to 3 MFDs, processed donation requests for 3 MFDs to enhance recycling programs and start food scrap recycling at 1 complex.    

7.       Commercial Recycling

Organics:Chabot Cinema started an organics program.

Countywide Mandatory Recycling Ordinance:Enforcement for phase one of the Countywide mandatory recycling ordinance will begin on July 1, 2014 will StopWaste inspections. Per the ordinance, General Manager Roland Williams will be the Primary Enforcement Representative from CVSan. Staff is drafting letters describing phase two of the ordinance, which goes into effect January 1, 2016, to send out in early June to approximately 30 food service businesses who do not have organics programs.

8.       School Programs

Green Ribbon Schools Program: CVSan awarded 16 schools as Green Ribbon certified 2013/14 school year. Two schools received their first year Green Ribbon certification: Redwood Alternative High School and Sterling West Anchor Education. The average diversion rate for Green Ribbon schools this year was 79%! 14 schools were represented at the June 3rdCVSan Board Meeting to accept their school banner or patch.

Custodian Recognition Luncheon: The third annual Custodian Recognition Lunch will take place Tuesday, June 17that 11:30 a.m. at Canyon Middle School’s cafeteria. All CVUSD and private school custodians are invited. CVSan will present 3 awards to the top custodian staff who go above and beyond to help their schools reduce waste sent to the landfill.

9.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

Following the May audit, Mr. Moschella and the Graffiti Team handled 20 of 22 incident reports.     

Asset Information Management System: Staff is developing a pilot AIMS program for street cans. The attributes of the street can AIMS database include street can location history, name history, type of container, audit reports, and vandalism reports. The goal is to be able to upload street can data collected during every other month audits and run reports from the AIMS system.

10.     Used Oil Recycling Grant

CVSan’s Spring Used Oil Filter Exchange program ended last Friday, June 6. Residents were appreciative of the program and staff mailed out 49 coupons. Dates for the fall program have been finalized.

Staff completed visits to all 8 registered Certified Collection Centers (CCC) within CVSan, OLSD, and UAC boundaries. A minimum visit to 1 CCC for every 100,000 residents is required by CalRecycle’s Used Oil Payment Program (OPP) guidelines.

All remaining OPP 3 funds have been spent as of June 10, 2014. Staff has until June 30, 2015 to utilize all OPP 4 funds, amounting to $40,928.

11.     Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Six (6) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during May: (1) ads promoting the Reduce Your Waste Size program; (1) ad with tips for keeping carts clean; (1) ad promoting the June LeaRn workshop; (1) ad promoting the practice of bringing your own bag; (1) ad promoting the 4R Business, 4R Planet program; and (1) ad letting the community know that food scrap pails are still available at CVSan for all Castro Valley residents.

12.     Pipeline Newsletter

Summer 2014 Pipeline articles are now being drafted for the edition that will reach the community in mid-August.

13.     Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC met on Thursday, May 8thand received presentations from Engineering staff on pump station rehabilitation projects and a general construction update. The Committee also discussed the CVSan 2015 Calendar Theme, the CVSan Job Descriptions Project, and upcoming CVSan Green Hearts opportunities.   

14.     Website/Social Media

During the month of May, there were 18 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s

programs and 5 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. 

15.     Web-based Video
CVSan, with its multi-media contractor, filmed a series of four commercial/business videos on May 28th.  The film footage was taken at several CVSan 4R Star businesses and will be edited and compiled into 90-120 second videos in June and July. Three of the four videos will be for training and educational purposes for Castro Valley businesses on the following topics: recycling at your business, food scrap recycling at your business, and reducing waste to go for zero waste. There will also be one promotional video for the 4R Business, 4R Planet program that will guide viewers through the process to apply and become a 4R Star.

16.     Calendar/Annual Report
At the May meeting, the CAC recommended Schools and Earth Day for the 2015 CVSan Calendar/Annual Report. This recommendation will be going to the PR Committee in early June for approval.

17.     Earth Day: Clean-Up & Recycle
Debris vouchers distributed on April 26that CVSan Recycles Day expired on May 24th. 61 of 300 vouchers were redeemed (20% participation rate) and 111.5 cu yds (19 tons) of construction & demolition materials were delivered for recycling. DSTS found our first event to be a success and residents happy to participate.

18.     CVSan Recycles Day

Items to be collected will be the same as August 2013, and the amount of compost has been increased by 5 pallets. Staffing positions are being determined and signage is being printed

19.     Event Greening
Staff worked with Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (HARD) on securing recycling and organics carts for the Rowell Ranch Chili Cook-Off and other festivities, including the Rowell Ranch Rodeo from May 9ththrough May 18th. Green Hearts were present at both the Chili Cook-Off and the Rodeo, and staff placed containers in stations with appropriate signage to help attendees sort their materials. The effort was a success as almost 15 cubic yards of recycling and organics was collected over the two weeks of events. HARD staff was thankful and interested in expanding the effort next year to cover more areas of the site and therefore capture more material.

20.     Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Eden Medical Center has been collected 59 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 new bay-friendly landscape signs were ordered June 13thand are expected to be installed by June 30th.

22.     CVSan’s 75thAnniversary
The Solid Waste Department is planning its activities for the hour of Solid Waste programming at CVSan’s 75thAnniversary event on Friday, July 25th. The activities will include a Waste Management automated organics truck demonstration, educational videos, and a t-shirt to bag activity where CVSan staff will be converting old Earth Day t-shirts and old t-shirts from attendees into reusable shopping bags. Staff is also developing the poster panels of CVSan’s Solid Waste history that will be on the Board room walls for visitors to view that day.

23.     Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 28 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $4,774.06 during the month of May. 


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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