1.         Zero Waste Department
The Department worked on the Zero Waste 80th Anniversary booths which will include a spinning wheel highlighting proper storage locations at home for fruits and vegetables in order to prevent waste, and a photo booth with a four-foot tall cutout of Little Miss Reduce. Giveaways will include fanning fruit notepads, toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt cups, erasers shaped as pencils made from recycled rubber, and Zero Waste Activity books.

With the announced departure of the Public Outreach Specialist, staff stepped up to support the production of the Fall and Winter Pipeline newsletters, attending and taking minutes for the Community Advisory Committee, and providing direction to the Graphics Intern for the 2020 Calendar/Annual Report. School program guidelines and orientation documents were prepared for the Zero Waste Program Intern to start in September. Staff participated in the 80th Anniversary Committee and WOW Committee.   

2.         Zero Waste Committee
The Committee will meet on September 17th and minutes will be included in the November Board agenda packet.

3.         Zero Waste

Staff conducted a Sharing and Innovation meeting on August 23rd and reviewed the Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Zero Waste Communications Plan to draft updates to the original documents that were published in 2014. Staff continues to brainstorm and plan for the fourth annual Zero Waste Week. Four events will be held for the week, to take place during the first week in February.


4.         Alameda County Industries (ACI)
Staff from the cities of Alameda, Dublin, Livermore, San Leandro, San Ramon, and CVSan staff met on August 7th and August 26th to discuss recyclable materials processing and program development and implementation.

Monthly Coordination Meeting: ACI and CVSan staff met on August 21st and minutes will be included in the October Board packet.

Ride-Alongs: General Manager Williams participated in a residential driver ride-along on August 1st.



5.         Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC)

Delinquent Accounts: A final list of single-family properties with past due balances for services provided by WMAC was prepared for the County of Alameda.

6.         CalRecycle

Electronic Annual Report: Staff completed and submitted the CalRecycle Electronic Annual Report for calendar year 2018 by the August 1, 2019 deadline. 

City/County Payment Program Expenditure Certification and Report: Staff began reporting of expenditures to CalRecycle for the Expenditure Certification and Report for FY 16/17 due September 3, 2019.

7.         Legislative Updates

SB 1383: Staff attended the SB 1383 Local Government Summit: Strategies for Successful Compliance in San Ramon. Staff received planning documents that will aid in preparing for SB 1383 compliance.


Staff submitted comments and questions to CalRecycle on the proposed SB 1383 regulations in July.  Staff expects a response from CalRecycle in September.

8.         Multi-Family Recycling

Staff continued visiting MFD complexes for lid flip audits to track participation levels and sorting performance. Oops cards will go out to each individual tenant at sites with more than 10% contamination in any stream. No audit or maintenance letters were mailed in August, but staff is finalizing updates to past letter templates and has drafted audit visit schedules for the next 12 months. Staff continues to develop the Multi-Family Recognition Program. 


9.         Commercial Recycling

Donations:  Staff coordinated to receive and store deliveries of internal containers. A large quantity was ordered to replenish the containers distributed from the Commercial Blitz.


Commercial Outreach: Staff conducted site visits to provide on-site assistance at two businesses.  Staff provided assistance via phone or email to 10 businesses. ACI staff conducted 1 site visit, contacted 14 businesses via phone, and contacted one business via email.


4R Star Program: No new applications were received in August. Staff began meeting to discuss planning the 4R Star Employee Recognition Brunch scheduled for October 25, 2019. 

10.       School Programs
4Rs Field Trips: Registration for field trips is now available for teachers and almost all classes have signed up for field trips in October, November, December and January.


Green Ribbon Schools Program: Staff has emailed out the Green Ribbon application for the 19/20 School Year to all school’s contacts and the new document will be posted online soon.


Refresher Assemblies: Staff completed seven Refresher Assemblies at five different schools in August and has many more scheduled for September and October.  Students are responding well to the Go for Zero to Reduce Climate Change theme and “recycling remix” parody of the song Old Town Road at the end of each assembly.


Scholarship: Staff has emailed out the new CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship Application for the 2019/20 school year and the new document will be posted online soon.


11.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance

No audit was conducted in August. The next Street Can Audit is scheduled for September.


12.      Used Motor Oil Recycling Grant

Staff completed and submitted the UOPP8 Annual Report by the August 15, 2019 deadline. CVSan did not spend all the funds for the UOPP7 cycle so a check requisition will be processed to refund CalRecycle in the amount of $3,718.58.


Filter Exchange Program: Staff began planning for the Filter Exchange Program set for October 7, 2019 - November 15, 2019.


13.       Recycles Day


CVSan’s Recycles Day took place on Saturday, August 3rd in partnership with ACI and Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Acceptable items included textiles, pharmaceuticals, HHW, and e-waste. Staff is currently waiting for data on the amount of material collected by ACI and Alameda County HHW. Event participants provided positive feedback on the organization of the event and the improved traffic flow.


14.      Advertisements

Two Zero Waste-focused ads ran in the Castro Valley Forum: both ads focused on zero waste actions to reduce climate change such as packing a reusable straw and packing reusable napkins when going out.


15.       Pipeline Newsletter

Staff is incorporating copyediting notes and edits as well as preparing the Pipeline for upload to Dakota for our first proof which will arrive in early September.


16.       Website/Social Media

In August, CVSan posted seven Zero Waste-focused posts on Facebook and Twitter. There were five posts calling for residents who were interested in being featured in the 2020 sustainability focused calendar, one post about packing reusable straws and one post about packing reusable cloth napkins.


17.      E-Blasts
Staff sent out an eBlast on Events and Education during the month of August.  Next month, staff will be sending our eBlast newsletters on commercial, multi-family and schools programs.


18.       Reduce
Staff continues to work on ideas and initiatives to address the topic of reduce items from the Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Single-Family Outreach Plan in fiscal year 2019/20.


19.      Reuse
Staff continues to plan Zero Waste Week 2020. Staff is considering two Reuse events: A Fix-it Clinic event with bike repair and a film screening related to the topic of reuse.


20.       Event Greening
ACI delivered services for the annual Greek Festival in late August.  Staff is working with Chamber staff and ACI on Fall Festival greening in early September.  Our Lady of Grace will have its Fall Festival in late September, with services provided by ACI.


21.       Community Group Outreach (CGO)

A representative from Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s office reached out to staff to coordinate a recycling education event at the Castro Valley Library for September 28th. ACI’s Sustainability Specialist will provide education about services in CVSan and help attendees understand “what goes where.”


22.       Green Hearts Volunteers
CVSan was fortunate to have more volunteers come in and assemble food scrap recycling pails in August.  Volunteers also helped by depackaging giveaway items. Staff did not meet with the Castro Valley High School Green Hearts Committee this month. Staff continues to work on updating the Green Hearts Guide.


23.       Staff Training

The Zero Waste Supervisor attended the Municipal Management Association of Northern California Summer Symposium on August 14th in Danville, CA.


24.       Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 14 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $2,390.66 during the month of August.



Administrative Fees
New Res
Pack Sent


January $67,202.26 47 0 0 31 10
February $62,375.95 47 0 1 10 16
March $1536,791.12 25 0 0 13 22
April $55, 158.33 30 0 12 47 15
May $85,264.99 78 13 14 28 18
June $79,523.40 65 8 37 21 14
July $169,296.40 30 40 14 25 17
August $134,429.54 74 5 3 14 13
2019 $807,041.99 396 66 81 189 125
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