CVSan Holds Zero Waste Week for the Community

To help residents learn more about how to select their path to Zero Waste, CVSan presented its fifth Annual Zero Waste Week. Community events were held each day, Wednesday, February 5th to Saturday, February 8th.

CVSan kicked off Zero Waste Week with the Tree Fruit Gleaning event, which was a huge success. A total of 48 members of the community gleaned over 1,947 pounds of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and lemons which were donated to Faith Lutheran Church Community Food Pantry and Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church Food Pantry.

The next event was a hands-on zero waste cooking demonstration, led by Chef Anne-Marie Bonneau. During the workshop, 20 participants learned about preventing food waste while cooking, and helped prepare and sample delicious recipes, which included kimchi fried rice.
At a screening of The True Cost at the Castro Valley Library, 19 attendees learned about the impact of fast fashion on the environment, as well as the unsafe working conditions many garment workers endure. Following the film, CVSan staff led a short discussion on the topic and shared resources about reuse and CVSan’s textile recycling program.

The Fixit Clinic with Bike Repair and Clothing Swap at the Castro Valley Library was the final Zero Waste Week event. Over 30 volunteer coaches were on hand to help 60 community members [EN1] figure out how to repair their broken items. Approximately 65% of the items brought in were repaired, which extended the usable lifespan of approximately 105 lbs. of consumer products. Participants also brought in bicycles for repair. A special thank you to the Fixit Coaches, students from the Dougherty Valley High School Engineering Club, Bay Area Bike Mobile, and Bad Business Model Bikes for sharing their fixing expertise with the Castro Valley community!

To get more information about CVSan’s Zero Waste Week please visit www.cvsan.org/ZeroWaste. For personal tips about selecting your path to Zero Waste, please visit: www.selectmypath.org.