1.         Zero Waste Department 

The Department conducted a Sharing and Innovation meeting and developed messaging and signs for new Alameda County Industries’ vehicles that will be rotated quarterly, continued progress on updating the Zero Waste Communications Plan, discussed the usage of various terms, and presented Legislative Book Reports. At the end of February, the Department conducted annual single-family observatory lid flip food scrap recycling audits. A quarterly evaluation was conducted for a Zero Waste Specialist, and a 30-day evaluation was conducted for the Zero Waste Program Intern. Staff participated in the 80th Anniversary Committee, Security Awareness Training, and WOW Committee. 

2.         Zero Waste Committee 

The Committee met on February 28th and minutes will be included in the April Board agenda packet. The next meeting is scheduled for March 13th.

3.         Zero Waste

Staff presented another successful Zero Waste Week, February 6th - 9th.  A total of 33 volunteers and four staff gleaned 1,895 pounds of citrus for local food pantries on February 6th. Over 50 students attended the Recycled Art and Toys STEAM Event at the Castro Valley Library on February 7th. Almost 30 people attended the Personal Care Workshop on February 8th. Lastly, over 20 people participated in the Fixit Clinic on February 9th where 70% of the items brought to the event were fixed.

4.         Alameda County Industries (ACI)

Driver Recruitment: On February 9th, ACI and Teamsters Local 70 held the CVSan route bidding process for Waste Management (WM) drivers at ACI.  ACI was able to fill 21 of 23 available positions, and all route bids were filled except for two remaining open pool driver positions. Every WM driver who wanted to transition to ACI as a result of the contract change was provided an opportunity.  ACI will recruit and hire drivers to fill the two remaining positions.

Textile Collection: Textile Collection periods were determined as follows: April Recycles Day event, first full week of June, August Recycles Day event, first full week of August, or months four, six, eight, and 10 during the driest part of the year.

Proposition 218 Rate Notification: Staff presented a power point presentation with supplemental information about the Notification of Public Hearing and Rate Increases for the February 5th Public Hearing and Board meeting.

Rate Amendment 1: The final Rate Amendment 1 including additional rates was presented to the Board at the February 5th regular meeting. Code amendments integrating new rates and franchise agreement language were presented and approved at the same meeting.

VIP Processing Facilities Tour: Final preparations for the March 22nd VIP Processing Facilities Tour are underway and participants have been registering. Tour participants will be transported by bus from CVSan to Davis Street Transfer Station (DSTS), then to ACI’s new facility in San Leandro followed by lunch.

5.         Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC)

Monthly Coordination Meeting: A meeting was held on February 13th; please see attached meeting minutes. 

6.         Multi-Family Recycling

No audit or maintenance letters were mailed this month. Several donation requests were processed for multi-family properties in February. Staff has been reviewing and editing template emails and a schedule of sites to visit for the ACI rollout blitz. ACI staff has been verifying containers for MFDs on site in preparation for the rollout blitz. Staff has been completing edits on the updated Multi-Family Guide draft.

7.         Commercial Recycling

Commercial Program: Staff met to finalize details of the Commercial Blitz outreach, specifically messaging and roles. Draft text is being inserted into the Commercial Guide, and images are being selected.

Staff fulfilled two Community Group Outreach Application requests this month. Both requests were for Eden Medical Center but involved different departments, Environmental Services and Nutrition & Food Services. Three separate staff trainings were completed for Environmental Services, in English and Spanish, and Nutrition & Food Services received two trainings in English only.

Staff conducted one site visit at Palomares Hills HOA Clubhouse and fulfilled three donation requests for Eden Medical Center, Robert Darnell Jr. DDS, and LabCorp – Castro Valley valued at $1,420. Two donation requests have been partially fulfilled but are waiting for a reprint of the recycling decals to completely fulfill the donation request. Staff is tracking which businesses request recycling decals and will deliver once they arrive from the printer.

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

8.         School Programs
Green Ribbon Schools Program: The 2018/19 Green Ribbon application will be due on Friday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Staff will then process application, meet with schools and prepare for the Board meeting in June where schools are recognized.

Scholarship: The 2018/19 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship is due Friday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m. Staff will process these applications, several staff will score the application and award-winning students will be recognized at the June Board Meeting as well.

4Rs Field Trip: February had a total of 8 field trip classes. There were not as many classes in February because staff was working Zero Waste Week events from February 4th to February 8th. Staff will continue teaching classes until April 2nd.   

Waste Audits: Staff completed five waste audits in February. On February 23rd, Castro Valley High School’s sizable waste audit was conducted. The audit finished earlier than usual due to reduced garbage generation from previous years. Almost all waste audits are scheduled and will be completed through the end of April.  

Blue & Green Bin Check-Ins: The WMAC Recycling Coordinator conducted over half of the school blue and green bin check-ins and plans to complete all schools by the end of March.  CVSan staff is reviewing check-in reports for further needed action to assist school programs.

9.         Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance

No Street Can Audit was conducted in the month of February. The next audit is scheduled for March.

10.      Used Motor Oil Recycling Grant

Staff communicated to StopWaste that CVSan would contribute $10,000 to the FY 2018/19 Countywide Used Oil Recycling Media Campaign.

Filter Exchange Program: The spring Filter Exchange Program began on February 18. A total of 46 residents participated during the first two weeks – 23 participants each week – which is a high participation rate for the program.

The participation rate may be high due to recent social media marketing. Two video ads ran on Facebook and Twitter during the month of February to promote the program.  Based on Facebook analytics, one ad ran from January 30th – February 13th and reached 5,860 users. Another ad ran from February 13th – 27th and reached 3,918 users. Three more ads are scheduled to run throughout the program.

11.       Earth Day Clean-Up and Recycles Day

Clean-Up: Staff continues to hand out banners, publicity posters and registration flyers to schools for CVSan’s Earth Day Clean-Up, to be held on Saturday, April 13th.  Eden Counseling and The Jenny Lin Foundation are confirmed as charities for volunteer selection for donation.  Staff is confirming the third and final charity.  Lastly, the following seventeen sites are confirmed for this year’s Earth Day Clean-Up with registration at www.cvsan.org/ED:

  • Community Sites


  • Adobe Park
  • Castro Valley Creek
  • Cull Canyon Recreation Area
  • Downtown Castro Valley
  • Lake Chabot Regional Park


  • Schools


  • Castro Valley Adult
  • Castro Valley Elementary
  • Castro Valley High
  • Chabot Elementary
  • Independent Elementary
  • Jensen Ranch Elementary
  • Our Lady of Grace
  • Palomares Elementary
  • Proctor Elementary
  • Redwood High
  • Stanton Elementary
  • Vannoy Elementary


Recycles Day: Per Zero Waste Committee’s request, staff moved forward with Traffic Management, Inc. (TMI) to conduct a review of the current traffic layout for the event. Based on the initial review, TMI agreed with CVSan’s current layout and provided additional suggestions for improvement, such as adding various traffic signs throughout the event site. Follow-up phone calls and meetings will be scheduled with TMI to finalize the plan and discuss the use of traffic signs and traffic controllers.

Additionally, staff held a conference call with WMAC to continue planning other aspects of the event.

12.      Advertisements

Four Zero Waste-focused ads ran in the Castro Valley Forum: one ad focused multi-family recycling, two ads focused on used oil recycling, and one ad focused on Earth Day and Recycles Day.


13.       Pipeline Newsletter

The Spring 2019 Pipeline articles were reviewed by the copyeditors and the Communications Committee.

14.       Website/Social Media

After review by the Community Advisory Committee and the Communications Committee, the design of CVSan’s new website was approved. The website has now moved into the development phase, which is expected last until mid-March.

During February four Facebook boosted posts, eight standard Facebook posts, and 14 tweets focused on Zero Waste were posted.

15.      E-Blasts

No change since last month.  The next eBlasts will be for Commercial, Events and Education, Multi-Family, and Schools during the month of April.

16.       Reduce

Please see Item No. 19, Community Group Outreach, regarding Zero Waste Week.

17.      Reuse

The Fixit Clinic and Clothing Swap ‘N Sew took place February 9th at the Castro Valley Library. Eighteen volunteer coaches were on hand to help 20 participants troubleshoot and fix their broken items. More than 70 percent of the items were repaired and approximately 77.6 lbs. of potential waste was diverted.

Staff solicited feedback, using the CVSan Customer Service Survey, from attendees to help improve the event for future years.  No specific comments were received but feedback was generally positive.

18.       Event Greening

Staff is working with ACI 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 (CGO)

Staff is processing a CGO application to present to a local student community group.  The presentation for this event will be in March or April.

20.       Green Hearts Volunteers

No change since last month.

21.       Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

No change since last month.

22.       Staff Training

The Zero Waste Outreach Specialist attended the Zero Waste Symposium in San Diego on February 12th.

23.       Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 9 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $1,902.25 during the month of February.





Administrative Fees
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January $67,202.26 47 0 0 31 10
February $62,375.95 47 0 1 10 16
2019 $67,202.26 47 0 0 31 10
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