What does 4,000 tons of organics, recycling and garbage look like and how does it get processed in one day?  If you are a Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) resident or business owner find out for yourself and see what happens to your organics, recycling, and garbage once it leaves your curb.  The next tour will be held in March 2017. 

Watch video highlights from the Davis Street Transfer Station Tour.


The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Residents and Business Owners on a Tour

Davis Street processes 4,000 tons of materials a day with 4 state of the art processing facilities, including:

  1. A brand new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified organics building.
  2. A single stream materials recovery facility (MRF) that houses a high-tech optical sorter which uses infrared light and manual sorters that separate materials with precision and speed. 
  3. A construction and demolition debris MRF (materials from construction and large remodeling jobs.
  4. More than 2 million pounds of materials are processed for recycling each day.
  5. A new $10 million Expanded Construction & Demolition/Commercial Materials Recycling Facility.
Manual Sorting    The Optical Sorter


The New Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Gold Organics Building


Fun Facts About Davis Street

Did you know that, in one year, Davis Street Transfer Station processes:

  • 296 million pounds of yard debris and food scraps (that's like 900 million pizza boxes or 600 million oranges)
  • 44 million pounds of paper (that's like 4.4 billion sheets of standard office paper)
  • 26 million pounds of wood
  • 21 million pounds of inerts (toilets, sinks, concrete, asphalt, bricks and cinder blocks)
  • 14 million pounds of plastic
  • 12 million pounds of metal (that's like 360 million soda cans)
  • 9 million pounds of glass
  • 125,000 batteries for recycling off-site
  • 70,000 pounds of e-waste for recycling off-site (locally, not overseas)
  • 3,000 appliances

In conjunction with StopWaste.Org, Davis Street also houses an education center for the county's 4th and 5th graders.  Approximately 20,000 of Alameda County's students visit the iRecycle@School education center every year!

Want to know what's in our recycling?

Well, Davis Street services many local cities and jurisdictions like CVSan in the area and they find that:

  • 83% is fiber/paper (office paper, junk mail, newspaper and cardboard)
  • 8% is glass
  • 4% is aluminum
  • 2% is plastic
  • 1.5% is metal


Davis Street Transfer Station Tour DSTS 2017 Website Registration

The Davis Street Transfer Station (DSTS) tour is open for Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) residents and business owners to attend. This tour is an opportunity to see what happens to your garbage, recycle, and organics when serviced. The tour is approximately two and one-half (2-1/2) hours including driving to the location, tour of the facility, a question and answer period with DSTS staff, and returning to CVSan.

Please take into consideration that this is a walking tour consisting of uneven surfaces, obstacles, up and down steep stairs (72 total), inclines, and elevated areas. If you are not physically able to participate, it is recommended that you contact to discuss an alternate tour option.

For safety reasons, it is mandatory that attendees wear long pants or skirts and closed toed shoes- you will not be allowed on the tour otherwise.  Also for safety reasons, we ask that you please refrain from taking cell phone calls during the Tour at Davis Street.

Free transportation to DSTS will be provided. For those who wish to drive their own vehicle to the tour, you may do so but please contact CVSan staff. There is limited parking. It is preferred that attendees ride in the free shuttle transportation provided.

If you do not receive a confirmation within 5 business days of the tour date, contact Pat Krevey at 510-537-0757 ext. 111 to ensure that you are registered to attend the tour. Registration confirmation is required to attend and participate in the tour. Visitors who arrive at CVSan offices or the DSTS facility unregistered will not be able to participate in that day’s tour.  Minimum age requirement is 10.

(like 510-555-5555)
(To be confirmed with CVSan staff by the close of registration)
The dates above are open for registration. Please note end dates of registration. Maximum 13 attendees per tour.

Please see itinerary as follows:

Castro Valley Sanitary District
21040 Marshall Street
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Davis Street Transfer Station
2615 Davis Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
9:00 a.m. All participants to have arrived at CVSan office.
CVSan staff to give attendees a brief introduction of the tour
9:20 a.m. CVSan staff to take roll and determine all participants have arrived
Departure Time: 9:25 a.m. Bus will begin to board
Trip Length 2.5 hours
10:00 a.m. Arrive at DSTS and meet DSTS staff at the Administration Building
11:15 a.m. Tour will end
Return Departure Time: 11:20 a.m. Attendees to board bus at DSTS to return to CVSan
Return Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. Arrive back to CVSan


I assume all risks associated with participating in this tour including but not limited to, following safety instructions, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, the conditions of the roads, and traffic along the site, all such risks being known to and appreciated by me.

Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of the acceptance of entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to and on my behalf, waive and release Castro Valley Sanitary District and all persons and agencies connected with the tour from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in and travel to and from the event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver.

I attest that I am physically able to participate in this tour. As part of this waiver, I acknowledge that I have read and understand all of the above.

Photo Release: I hereby grant consent and authorize the use and reproduction of any and all photographs taken or media produced in connection with the Davis Street Transfer Station (DSTS) Tour, or anyone authorized by Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) to the use of negatives, positives, electronic images or proofs for education and recycling promotional purposes, without further compensation to me or anyone I am signing on behalf of or their representatives. All negatives, positives, and electronic images, together with the prints shall constitute the property of CVSan, solely and completely.

Thank You! Please click on the SUBMIT button below once the registration form has been filled.

CVSan staff will be contacting you with confirmation of attendence.