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.
- A new public area MRF where residents can drop off materials and Davis Street can now sort them even faster, up to 20 tons of construction and demolition debris per hour for example.
|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