4R Star Business

Become a “4R Star” with CVSan’s “4R Business, 4R Planet” Award Program!
CVSan implemented the “4R Business, 4R Planet” Award Program in 2009 to recognize and reward businesses for their environmental efforts.  The 4R Business, 4R Planet Program certifies businesses as 4R Star that complete ongoing activities in each of the 4R categories – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (organics).  CVSan businesses that have recycling and organics services are likely already completing all 4R's.

CVSan’s 4R Star Employee Recognition 2020!

 CVSan community: help a 4R Star employee shine!

 Do you know a “star” employee at a business within CVSan who helps reduce waste by implementing the 4R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or Rot in the workplace? Nominate them to receive an award!

Share how a Castro Valley business or their employee practices the 4R’s. The type of stories we are looking for include:

  • Buying in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
  • Restaurants only offering plastic utensils upon request.
  • Switching to reusables to replace disposables.
  • Encouraging customers to bring back items for reuse (such as grocery bags, hangers, or shipping/storage containers).
  • Donating materials.
  • Planting a Bay-Friendly landscape.
  • And other stories about businesses in Castro Valley diverting materials from landfill.

 We need your help to recognize the outstanding work of employees at 4R Star Businesses! Use the form below to submit a nomination for the 4R Star Employee Recognition Award. Tell us about your favorite business or employee in Castro Valley and how they are practicing the 4R’s and being green.

Nominations will be accepted between August 26th – September 25th.  Award winners will be announced throughout October. Submitting a nomination will enter you into a raffle for a prize from CVSan! Complete the form and click submit to recognize your favorite local business or employee!

*To qualify as a 4R Star Employee, the business must be a CVSan certified 4R Star Business by the time of award distribution.

Certified 4R Star businesses receive:
  • cash award ranging from $150 to $525 (Award based on business size and level of waste diversion. Funds subject to availability).
  • An award certificate to display with pride.
  • One (1) free advertisement in the Castro Valley Forum.
  • Recognition on CVSan’s website in the 4R Star Directory.
  • And more!
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Denis Shapland of Doss Sheet Metal demonstrates why his business is a 4R Star.  Denis recycles organic material from his business in a compost pile which provides nutrient-rich compost for his garden!

How Do I Sign Up?
Submit the 4R Business 4R Planet Application to get started! Eligible businesses include all businesses located within CVSan boundaries and include preschools. 4R Star Businesses are eligible for recertification every three years. K-Adult schools and home-based businesses are not eligible to become certified 4R Stars at this time, however, they may participate in the Alameda County Green Business Program.

4R Star Business Directory
Over 100 CVSan businesses have already implemented green practices in their business to become 4R Stars. Refer to CVSan’s 4R Star Business Directory to support local 4R Star businesses.

4R Star Business Employee Recognition Event
Every year, 4R Star Businesses have an opportunity to nominate their employees for an award at CVSan’s Annual 4R Star Business Employee Recognition Event.  Be sure to join us at the next event, October 16, 2020. Sign up for CVSan’s commercial newsletter to receive updates on what’s happening in the business community. Stay tuned, more details will be announced about the Seventh Annual 4R Star Business Employee Recognition Event.
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