Announcing the “Green Neighbor Community” Award

Multi-family communities that are on the path to zero waste qualify for Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan)’s new Green Neighbor Community Recognition Program!

All multi-family communities may apply to become a certified “Green Neighbor Community” by maintaining activities in each of the 4R categories - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot, and receive an award ranging from $160.00 to $950.00!

Green Neighbor Community Awards are based on the number of multi-family units in a community, a calculation of garbage diversion including recycling and organics service levels, and completion of required and optional activities.

The property and its tenants will each receive part of the award, and the property manager will select awards that best meet its community’s needs. These awards include credit for construction and demolition debris or white goods removal, mulch and compost, or biobags for indoor food scrap recycling pails.

Certified Green Neighbor Communities are recognized with an award certificate, an ad in the Castro Valley Forum, and other publicity!

Getting started is easy!

  • Complete an application at and get program details and tips on how to complete the 4R activities.
  • Contact CVSan at (510) 537-0757 ext. 112 or for more information and to schedule a free site assessment.