1.         Zero Waste Department
On behalf of CVSan, staff received an award certificate from Alameda County Green Business Program for 15 years of certification as an Alameda County Green Business on October 23rd. The Department trained the Zero Waste Program Intern, who was introduced to the Board at the October 1st regular meeting. An annual evaluation was completed for a Zero Waste Specialist and a 30-day evaluation for the Zero Waste Program Intern. Staff participated in the WOW Committee.

2.         Zero Waste Committee
The Committee is scheduled to meet on November 20th and minutes will be included in the January Board agenda packet.

3.         Zero Waste

Staff continues to work on Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Zero Waste Communications Plan updates. For the fourth annual Zero Waste Week, events are being finalized, along with venues and details. Four events will be held during the first week in February, as follows: a gleaning event, a documentary film screening, a zero-waste cooking workshop, and a Fixit Clinic with a focus on bike repair and a clothing swap.


4.         Alameda County Industries (ACI)
Compost Bag Design: Under the new Franchise Agreement, CVSan will have a custom design printed on bags of compost that will be distributed at the April and August Collection events. Final draft designs for the front and back of the bag will be presented at the November 20th Zero Waste Committee meeting.  

Delinquent Accounts: ACI and CVSan staff met on October 29th to review the process for the Special Assessment for 2019/20 past due balances for single family, multi-family, and commercial property owners.

Monthly Coordination Meeting: ACI and CVSan staff met on October 18th and minutes will be included in the December Board packet.

QC Audit: Staff: Staff is preparing for a Quality Control Audit on November 1st to survey a route for single-family dwellings.

Rate and Contract Amendment: ACI, HF&H Consultants, and CVSan staff met on October 31st to kick off the Rate and Contract Amendment process effective July 1, 2020.

Textile Collection Week: CVSan’s second Textile Collection Week occurred the week of October 7th – 11th. A total of 11,654 lbs. of textiles was collected by ACI and will be sent to St. Vincent de Paul in Oregon to be sorted for distribution at their various retail locations and recycling.

5.         CalRecycle

City/County Payment Program: Staff discussed plan to reserve CCPP funds for street cans in fiscal year (FY) 2019/20.

6.         Legislative Updates

SB 1383: Staff submitted comments and questions to CalRecycle on the proposed SB 1383 draft regulation text in July. CalRecycle released an updated 2nd draft SB 1383 text with a 15-day timeline for additional comments and questions to the revised portions of the text. Staff reviewed the new draft and submitted comments to CalRecycle. Staff began planning for SB 1383 by creating a compliance document and recording the level of CVSan’s compliance with various components of SB 1383.

7.         Multi-Family Recycling

A total of 30 audit maintenance letters were mailed in September, and staff, along with ACI, has started visiting those complexes. Staff continues to develop the Multi-Family Recognition Program.


8.         Commercial Recycling

Alameda County Green Business Program: The Alameda County Green Business Program recognized CVSan for 15 years of certification as an Alameda County Green Business on October 23rd at their Celebrate Sustainability Fall 2019 event. Staff created a press release to publicize CVSan’s recognition by the Alameda County Green Business Program. Staff is in the process of reviewing the Green Business requirements to renew the district’s certification before the end of the year.

4R Business, 4R Planet Award Program: One new application was received in October.


Staff hosted the 4R Star Business Employee Recognition Brunch on October 25th.  Nineteen members of the business community attended, and staff received positive feedback from the attendees. Staff highlighted the following employees:

  • 4R Star Green Venue Award: Roy Tamez of Castro Valley Masonic Center.
  • 4R Star Waste Reduction Award: Johnson Chan Tran of Donut Express.
  • 4R Star Excellent Composter Award: Denis Shapland of Doss Sheet Metal.


Commercial Outreach: Staff conducted site visits to provide on-site assistance at two businesses. ACI staff conducted three site visits.


9.         School Programs
4Rs Field Trips: Field trips commenced on October 1st and will be ongoing through January 2020. Every school in the District offering 3rd grade has signed up their classes for this program (including special day classes), except for one private school. So far, nine groups of 3rd graders have visited our Marshall Street office and participated in this educational presentation about the 4Rs. All external survey feedback from the October field trips has been highly positive. The 4Rs Field Trips are a Green Ribbon School requirement.

CVUSD Board Presentation: Staff presented it’s annual “year in review” update to the CVUSD Board on October 24th with suggestions for future improvements to focus on better sorting at schools and removing difficult items for students such as the spork/straw/napkin packet.

Green Ribbon Schools Program: Staff continues meeting with school staff to ensure start-of-year Green Ribbon compliance and fulfilling donation requests for proper sorting signage and replacement organics, recycling, and garbage bins. Due to the school year ending early this year in late May, staff is making sure to remind schools that the Green Ribbon application is now due one month earlier than usual.


Refresher Assemblies: Staff completed all 28 Refresher Assemblies at 16 different schools in September and October. Students responded well to the Go for Zero to Reduce Climate Change theme, education around it and many sang along with the “recycling remix” parody of the song Old Town Road at the end of each assembly.


School Guide: Staff has completed print proof edits and are on the last round of reviews before the updated Schools Resources Guide will be printed and mailed out to schools.


10.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance

No audit was completed in October. The next Street Can Audit is scheduled for November.


11.      Used Motor Oil Recycling Grant

UOPP: Staff met to discuss creating a UOPP spending plan.


Filter Exchange Program: The program commenced on October 7th and will run until November 15th. A total of 111 participants were recorded during October, which is a high participation rate for the first four weeks of the program. To further publicize the program, two social media ads were posted on Facebook and Twitter and one ad ran in the Forum.


12.       Recycles Day


Staff is currently writing the Recycles Day report and will begin planning the April Recycles Day event in 2020.


13.      Advertisements

Five Zero Waste-focused ads ran in the Castro Valley Forum during October: one ad was about the Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program, one ad advertised the 4R Star Employee Recognition Brunch, one ad was about CVSan’s Student Scholarship, one ad was about the Community Group Outreach form to request a speaker, and one ad was about Secondhand Fashion.


14.       Pipeline Newsletter

Staff continues to work on articles for the Winter Pipeline Newsletter which will arrive in late December. MdR Company recently provided copyediting services for those articles and staff has drafted and routed the newsletter layout for staff review.


15.       Website/Social Media

In October, CVSan posted two boosted Zero Waste-focused ads on Facebook and Twitter about the Used Motor Oil Filter Exchange Program.


16.      E-Blasts
Staff sent out eBlasts on Schools and Multi-Family programs during the month of September. Staff sent out an eBlast related to the 4R Star Business Employee Recognition Brunch in October.  


17.       Reduce
Staff continue 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.


18.      Reuse
Staff continue to plan Zero Waste Week 2020. Staff is planning a Fixit Clinic with a focus on bike repair.


19.       Event Greening
Staff continues work with Alameda County on event greening for the Meet in the Street event in November.


20.       Community Group Outreach (CGO)

ACI’s Sustainability Specialist provided education about services in CVSan at Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s recycling education event at the Castro Valley Library on October 12th. Attendees left with a better understanding of “what goes where.”


21.       Green Hearts Volunteers
Staff did not meet with the Castro Valley High School Green Hearts Committee this month. Staff has drafted the Green Hearts Guide update and will be putting it in the Zero Waste Committee packet for November. Staff is currently recruiting for Green Hearts station monitor volunteers for the Meet in the Street event in November.


22.       Staff Training

The Zero Waste Supervisor attended the Municipal Management Association of Northern California’s annual conference along with two other Department Heads in Sacramento from October 13th-16th.



23.       Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 29 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $1,872.52 during the month of October.




Administrative Fees
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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
September $65,589.30 77 0 4 8 9
October $181,822.72 68 14 21 22 21
2019 $1,054,454.01 541 80 106 219 155
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