School Custodians go above and beyond to help schools reduce waste. Schools in Castro Valley have high recycling and composting, or “diversion” rates, in large part due to the efforts of custodians. Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) recently recognized school custodians with the 10th Annual CVSan Custodian Recognition. This year, the Reduce and Reuse Award was given to Anita Orosco of Castro Valley High School (CVHS).
Reducing waste from the start and reusing materials as long as possible are the top two of the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot) for a reason. Reduce and reuse have the biggest positive impact on the environment and economy. At CVHS, Ms. Orosco is very conscious about reducing waste and does a great job of practicing reduce and reuse. Ms. Orosco repurposes things that people are throwing out, saves student artwork for decoration, and saves things from year-end classroom cleanups to use elsewhere on campus.
As the Custodian Reduce and Reuse award winner, Ms. Orosco has demonstrated her dedication to preserving the environment with creativity and responsibility. Her work is an important contribution to improving the waste reduction program at CVHS.