School Programs

CVSan provides technical and financial assistance in designing and enhancing waste reduction and recycling programs for Castro Valley schools.  If you are ready to reduce the amount of waste your school generates, we are ready to help you!  Read below to learn more about our school programs and resources to help your school send less to the landfill.

REUSE – “Again!”, the CVSan Schools Program Theme for 2014/15 

We are moving up the 4Rs hierarchy and “Again!” is the theme for the 2014/15 school year. “Again!” is a call to think about Reuse strategies wherever possible on campus. Reuse practices include repairing a broken toy or electronic, using a reusable container for lunch or leftovers, shopping/consigning/donating items for reuse, and hosting waste-free parties. For the Green Ribbon application, “Again!” means you will be rewarded for putting in the extra effort in the Reuse section.  Visit our Reuse page for more resources.

Main CVSan School Programs:

CVSan Student Scholarship

3rd Grade 4Rs Field Trip

Green Ribbon Schools Program

Schools Food Scrap Recycling Program

School Waste Audit Program


  • Green Ribbon Schools Program – This program rewards schools for implementing sustainable waste reduction and recycling programs.  Annual awards of up to $2,775 per school are given.  The 2012/13 Green Ribbon Schools program application will be posted soon.  Click here to see which schools became certified Green Ribbon Schools in 2011/12.  Click here to learn more about the history of the Green Ribbon program and what schools are doing now.
  • Environmental Education – After more than a decade, CVSan proudly continues to offer its 4Rs Field Trip for 3rd graders.  Call 510-537-0757 to register or click here for pre-field trip lessons and roster and to learn more about the history of the program.  Speakers are also available to present to teachers and staff, students in after school programs, and other school groups.  Click here to complete a Community Group Outreach request form to request a speaker. 
  • Free Recycling & Organics Services – CVSan offers free recycling and organics collection services to schools through its contract with Waste Management.  Contact Waste Management at 510-613-8751 to sign up for service or to make service changes.
  • Technical Assistance – CVSan and Waste Management staff are available to perform a free site assessment at your school.  A recycling coordinator will evaluate your school’s potential to prevent waste, as well as recycle or compost materials that currently go in the garbage.  Contact CVSan at 510-537-0757 for more information.
  • Financial Assistance – CVSan provides recycling containers, signs, bags, and recycled products to Castro Valley schools.  In fact, more than $5,000 worth of these supplies were donated to schools last school year.  Click here complete at Donation Request Form or to learn more about donations available.
  • Food Scrap Recycling – Recycling food scraps at school can be challenging, but it is often the single most effective waste reduction action a school can take.  Castro Valley schools that compost food scraps divert an average of 73% of their waste away from landfill!  Click here for a step-by-step guide to starting a food scrap recycling program at your school.  Click here to learn more about the history of our Food Scrap Recycling program and what schools are doing now.
  • Waste AuditsCVSan has been conducting waste audits with schools since the 2010/11 School Year.  Waste Audits are a great learning experience for students, parents and teachers alike.  Click here to learn more about the history of our Waste Audit program, what schools have been doing and to sign up for your waste audit (now scheduling for October, 2012 through February 2013).
  • Earth Day Clean-Up with Free Compost & Mulch – Sign-up to participate in CVSan’s Earth Day event on April 27, 2013 to clean up and beautify your campus (registration is coming in February 2013).  Participating schools are eligible to receive free compost and mulch.


Energize for the Prize

Energize for the Prize is an opportunity for schools and school organizations to raise money by promoting energy efficiency upgrades to homeowners in Alameda County.  Click here for more information.

Schools in Alameda County generate 4% of the waste deposited in landfills annually. That’s 48,000 tons of waste a year generated by the more than 350 schools in the County.  Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) provides technical and financial assistance in designing and/or enhancing waste reduction and recycling programs for Castro Valley schools.  If you are ready to reduce the amount of waste your school creates, we are ready to help you.

Click here for a list of schools eligible to receive the services offered by CVSan.


School Diversion Rates April 2012

School Diversion Rate
Canyon Middle 54%
Castro Valley Adult 53%
Castro Valley Elementary 81%
Castro Valley High 62%
Chabot Elementary 60%
Creekside Middle 77%
Independent Elementary 92%
Jensen Ranch Elementary 76%
Marshall Elementary 71%
Our Lady of Grace 62%
Palomares Elementary 77%
Proctor Elementary 54%
Redwood High 45%
Redwood Christian 27%
A Shepherd's Heart 67%
Stanton Elementary 83%
Vannoy Elementary 60%
Average Diversion Rate: 66%

For more information, including weekly garbage service levels, please click here.  

Waste Reduction and Recycling Resources Guide for Castro Valley Schools