Monthly Department Updates

Solid Waste Department

(from a March 10, 2014 staff memo to the Board of Directors)

1.       Solid Waste Department
The Department completed its 2014-2016 Brainstory for implementation.  The Department presented an annual recycling training for staff at the March Team Building.  

2.       Solid Waste Committee
The Committee will meet again in early April 2014.

3.       Zero Waste
The Sustainable Citizen Workshop on February 20thwas well attended and was the 2ndof three in CVSan’s series of Zero Waste workshops.  16 members of the public, most of whom were not affiliated with CVSan, received an energetic presentation from Waste Sleuth, Todd Sutton.  At the conclusion, attendees participated in a lively discussion and provided written feedback.  Mr. Sutton’s presentation was funded by a grant from the Altamont Education Advisory Board.  The Zero Waste Workshop at the Community Advisory Committee meeting will be held on March 13th.

4.       WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meetingwas held on February 19th; please see attached meeting minutes.

Annual Report:Annual tonnages have been included as an attachment.  CVSan sent 15,700 tons to landfill in 2013, which was a 51% reduction to landfill since 2005.

Proposition 218 Notification:A Public Hearing will be conducted at the April 1stBoard meeting. A final Ordinance and final Rate and Contract Amendments will be presented.

Updated Guides & Postcards:A comprehensive update of the Residential Curbside Services Guide, Commercial Services Guide, and School Services Guide were completed, printed, and posted on the website in February.  Updated Bulky Goods Pick-Up postcards and Oops postcards were finalized and printed.  These outreach materials will be utilized during the second half of the WMAC contract (2014-2019). 

5.       Multi-Family Recycling

Staff processed and delivered donation requests for 3 MFDs to enhance recycling programs and start food scrap recycling at one complex.    

6.       Commercial Recycling

Recycling & Organics:10 businesses started organics programs. 

4R Business, 4R Planet: Dampa Filipino Food, Fern Lodge, Groveway Veterinary Hospital, and The Solar Company became certified 4R Star Businesses in January and joined over 75 businesses in Castro Valley that are part of the program.  See the entire list of “4R Stars” at  

Business Expo Night: Staff is planning an informational booth on Countywide Mandatory Commercial Recycling for Business Expo Night on Thursday, March 20that Transfiguration Church from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

7.       School Programs

Waste Audits: The 2013/2014 season for waste audits has ended.  A total of 16 schools participated!  Redwood High School completed their first waste audit this year.  Independent Elementary School had the most amount of garbage in the garbage (75%), and the least amount of organics and recycling in the garbage (0% organics, 25% recycling).   

4Rs Field Trips: 31 classes are signed up for the field trip and only 1 open registration date remains.  4Rs Field Trips are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays every week until April.

NCRA Recycling Update: The Solid Waste Department is preparing to give a presentation on CVSan’s School Programs and new developments at the Northern California Recycling Association’s Recycling Update 19 on March 18th.

8.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

The March street can audit was performed on March 4th.  25 street cans had either graffiti or miscellaneous stickers on the door or lid.

9.       Used Oil Recycling Grant

300 oil drain containers will be purchased for the April 26thRecycles Day event and the Spring 2014 Used Oil Filter Exchange program.  250 containers will be handed out with Used Oil Kits at Recycles Day, and 50 will be mailed to residents who participate in the Filter Exchange Program.  A letter regarding recertification was mailed to Kevin Hinkley Auto Tech on February 3rd.

10.     Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Eight (8) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during February: (1) ad promoting LeaR4n event in April; (2) ads promoting the Sustainable Citizen Workshop; (1) ad promoting food scrap recycling; (1) ad promoting battery recycling options; (1) ad promoting FOG disposal in businesses; (1) ad promoting used oil recycling options, and (1) ad promoting CVSan’s 3rdZero Waste workshop.

11.     Pipeline Newsletter

Draft articles for the Spring 2014 Pipeline have been edited by the Copy Editor and staff is now drafting the layout.

12.     Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC met on February 13thand discussed the following: Wastewater outreach and easement awareness, Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade theme, CVSan Districtwide Food Scrap Recycling Audit, event signs ups for 2014 and CVSan’s Zero Waste process.

13.     Website/Social Media

During the month of February, there were 29 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s programs and 23 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. 

14.     Earth Day: Clean-Up & Recycle

Clean-Up: Staff met with community clean-up site coordinators and updated the Earth Day 2014 website this month.  Publicity items were drafted and will be distributed in March.  The charities selected by CAC to participate in this year’s event include A.R.T., Inc., Kiwanis International, Inc. (Hayward-Castro Valley chapter), and Friends of Castro Valley Library.   

Recycle: FOG scraper promotional items have been received and used oil kit components are being determined.  Event staff has been confirmed and staffing positions are being determined.  Combined publicity will be distributed next month. Certificates of insurance will be requested the week of March 10th.

15.     Event Greening
No change since last month.

16.     Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Eden Medical Center has now been collected 52 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.

17.     Donation Requests

Staff processed 17 Donation Request Forms for the community totaling $2,815.33 during the month of February. 


Month 2014

Administrative Fees Received

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At the April Board Meeting, three $1,000+ requests will be presented for Marshall Elementary School, Eden Medical Center, and East  

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