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 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:
- A brand new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified organics building.
- 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.
- A construction and demolition debris MRF (materials from construction and large remodeling jobs.
- More than 2 million pounds of materials are processed for recycling each day.
- 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