Monthly Department Updates

Solid Waste Department
(from an April 10, 2015 staff memo to the Board of Directors)

 

1.         Solid Waste Department

CVSan received notice on March 27th that the agency won three CAPIO 2015 Awards of Excellence for the Path to Zero Waste and Web-Based Video Advertisements.  Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference on April 15th.  Staff continues to participate in the New Facilities Committee, and was on the panel that interviewed the Public Outreach Specialist.  Staff attended the Alameda County Special District Association dinner event on March 26th and the Quarterly Education Breakfast on March 27th.

 

2.         Solid Waste Committee
The Committee met on March 16th; minutes were included in the April Board packet.

 

3.         Canyonlands Solid Waste Services

Staff attended the LAFCo Public Hearing on March 12th and CVSan filed a Reconsideration on March 9th for LAFCo Resolution No. 2015-02.  The next LAFCo Public Hearing is scheduled for May 14th.

 

4.         Zero Waste Communications Plan

Consultant Crocker & Crocker began research, document review, and interviews and is preparing to conduct a SWOT Analysis for the Zero Waste Communications Plan.

 

5.         WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meeting was held on March 18th; please see attached meeting minutes.  The March report has been received, and first quarter (Q1) data has been finalized (see attached).  Highlights include:

·         CVSan is trending 2% above last year’s Q1 for garbage overall to landfill.

·         A milestone has been reached for the Reduce Your Waste Size Program - $50 credits for just 149 residences remain.

·         For the first time in the history of curbside Used Oil collection, filters surpassed gallons collected.

·         The average percentages of SFDs that set-out carts in March were 97% (garbage), 94% (recycling), and 65% (organics).

·         Organics increased about 35% for MFDs by 16 tons Q1.

 
Quality Control Audit: A residential route audit was conducted on March 19th.  Staff found the quality of service from WMAC to be good, with 28 lids open, 7 carts down, 9 carts blocking sidewalks, 1 cart out further than a parked car, and 0 incidents of litter.  Results will be presented to Solid Waste Committee.

 

6.         Multi-Family Recycling

Staff hosted a Multi-Family focus group lunch on March 6th as a follow-up to the Zero Waste Stakeholder meetings in 2014.  A good discussion took place, feedback for existing programs was provided and ideas for improved outreach materials were noted at the meeting.  Staff continues to provide follow-up support to new and existing food scrap recycling programs.       

 

7.         Commercial Recycling

CVSan and WMAC are now organizing outreach to the next group of businesses to target for organics startups and garbage reductions, where needed.  This work will begin in April and continue through the end of the fiscal year.

 

Mandatory Commercial Recycling:StopWaste has completed the initial round of inspections for mandatory commercial recycling in CVSan.  A total of 17 businesses in CVSan received notice letters informing them that they are not compliant with the new law.  Cascadia Consulting (the contractor for the StopWaste Partnership) will now visit those 17 businesses and work with CVSan staff to make sure they become compliant.

 

4R Business, 4R Planet Program: El Burrito Loco, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, and Our Lady of Grace became new 4R Stars in March. 

 

8.         School Programs

CVSan received 16 Green Ribbon applications that were due on March 27th.  Staff conducted Green Ribbon site visits in March and will compile all site visit data in April. 

 

4Rs Field Trips: 4Rs Field Trips ended on Friday, April 3rd. 11 elementary schools from Castro Valley brought all of their 3rd grade classes to the field trip, including two private schools and all of the CVUSD elementary schools.

Waste Audits:The 2014/15 Waste Audit season has ended. Waste Audit inventory is up to date and report is being finalized.

 

9.         Earth Day
A notable Certification of Recognition and Resolution were prepared by State Senator Bob Wieckowski and Assemblymember Bill Quirk for CVSan’s Earth Day efforts, and have been included as Information in the May agenda packet.

Clean-Up:Event publicity was finalized in March and flyers were posted around town to advertise both the Clean-Up and Recycles Day.  Staff determined site supply needs and placed orders.  Staffing for the event was finalized.  Compost and mulch orders and deliveries were discussed and finalized with WMAC this month. 

Recycle: Combined publicity has been distributed.  Event staff has been confirmed and staffing positions have been determined.

10.       Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade
Reusable and portable broom and pan promotional items were ordered and received, event registration was submitted, and training materials are being developed.

 

11.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

Staff completed a field audit on March 27th and a safety observation.

 

12.       Used Motor Oil Recycling Grant

The 2015 Spring Used Oil Filter Exchange Program will take place from May 4th – June 12th, with a coupon deadline of June 22nd.

 

13.       Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Seven (7) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during March: (2) ads promoting Earth Day Clean-Up and Recycles Day; (1) ads promoting the reduce your waste size program; (1) ad promoting construction and demolition disposal/recycling options; (1) ad congratulating the community on reduced tons to the landfill; (1) ad promoting reuse and spring cleaning/bring back the mop; and (1) ad promoting proper disposal of FOG.

 

14.       Pipeline Newsletter

The Spring 2015 Pipeline layout was reviewed by staff in early March and then the PR Committee on March 9th.  The edition will soon be going to the printer with the first proof review by CVSan staff thereafter.  The Spring Pipeline will reach the community in early to mid-May.

 

15.       Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC met on March 12thand discussed the following items:  CVSan Budget for 2015/16 and 2016/17, Prop. 218 Notification for Sewer Service Charges, Zero Waste, 2016 Calendar Theme, and Every Other Week Garbage.  The Committee also met Administrative Supervisor, Kathleen King.

 

16.       Website/Social Media

During the month of March, there were 20 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s programs and 14 photos posted to Facebook and Twitter sites.  Most of the posts continue to promote messages from the weekly Castro Valley Forum ads and various departmental programs. 

 

17.       Castro Valley TV
The recently completed Castro Valley TV advertisements will continue to be placed on CVTV content (along with other advertisements sparingly as well).  The new topics are: Collection Events (Spring and Summer), Bulky Pick-up, Reuse (2 separate ads), and Reduce (food waste prevention).

 

18.       Reuse
Toy & Clothing Swaps: No updates since last month.

CVSan’s FixIt Clinic: An article in the Spring Pipeline Newsletter will promote the June 13th event to be held at Castro Valley Library.

 

19.       Event Greening
Staff is working with Sutter/Eden Medical Center on greening for the Health Expo which takes place in the middle of July. 

 

20.       Community Group Outreach

Staff has cancelled the April 8th LeaR4n workshop on the history of Earth Day and Bay-Friendly Gardening techniques due to low attendance.

 

21.       Green Hearts Volunteers
Staff is finalizing the new Green Hearts plan and training guide for PR Committee review.  A Green Hearts workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 27th to recruit, educate, and motivate new potential Green Hearts volunteers.

 

22.       Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Sutter/Eden Medical Center has been collected 71 times since it opened in September 2011. The average weight of collection is 56 pounds.

 

23.       Staff Training
The Department attended the Northern California Recycling Association’s Recycling Update 19 on March 17th, and staff attended the CalOSHA Supervisory Safety Training Day on March 25th.

 

24.       Donation & Supply Requests

Month 2015

Administrative Fees Received

New Res Pack Sent

Bag-Its Sold

Paper Garden Bags Sold

Service

Referral

Used Oil Resi

Jan

$53,957.99

35

12

2

11

5

Feb

$51,848.27

32

17

1

5

8

Mar

$169,587.14

58

29

3

12

7

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

$275,393.40

125

58

6

28

20

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff processed 23 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $1,381.70 during the month of March.  

 

SWANA: http://www.swananorcal.org/downloads/SWANA%20LTF%20Newsletter%20October%202011.pdf

 

StopWaste.Org: http://www.stopwaste.org/docs/pa_leg_update_10-13-11.pdf

 

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