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 4Rs.

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!
4r star business photo doss sheet metal

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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