Monthly Department Updates

1.       Zero Waste Department

The Department finalized the Special Assessment for Delinquent Accounts list for County of Alameda, modified programming for the 2020/21 school year, a Compost Give-Away event in partnership with Pete’s ACE Hardware, and grant reports for CalRecycle. An annual evaluation was conducted for a Zero Waste Specialist II and preparations for a Zero Waste Specialist II’s extended leave is underway. Staff participated in the Regular Board meetings, Safety Committee meeting, and Teambuilding planning for September.

2.       Zero Waste Committee
The Committee met on July 15th. Minutes will be included in the September Board agenda packet.

3.       Zero Waste
Staff has almost completed Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Zero Waste Communications Plan updates. Both plan updates will be posted to the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) website soon.

4.       Alameda County Industries (ACI)
Delinquent Accounts: The Board approved the list of parcels to receive a Special Assessment for Delinquent Accounts at the July 14th Regular Board meeting.

Monthly Coordination Meeting
: ACI and CVSan staff met on July 9th and minutes will be included in the September Board packet.

Report: Sections from the ACI monthly report including January – June 2020 has been included as an attachment.

5.       CalRecycle
City/County Payment Program: Staff continued to review expenditure reports and pulling invoices to prepare for submitting the fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 CCPP Annual Report.

Electronic Annual Repot (EAR): Staff received responses from Oro Loma Sanitary District (OLSD) and County of Alameda regarding their waste diversion programs for 2019. CVSan staff worked on responses for CVSan’s waste diversion programs for 2019.

6.       Legislative Updates
SB 1383: CalRecycle released the most recent draft of proposed SB 1383 draft regulation text on April 20th, and opened a 30-day comment period, specifically on changes to the draft which ended on May 20th. Staff continues to wait for the final draft of regulations to be released.

 Staff conducted the second SB 1383 Planning meeting with ACI and made plans to meet again in August. Staff also met with the County of Alameda to discuss SB 1383 implementation and the County made plans to reconvene in September with StopWaste. Staff continued to participate in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) SB 1383 Working Group meetings.

 AB 827: AB 827 requires commercial waste generators and organic waste generators, who provide customers access into their business, to now provide customers with a recycling bin or an organics bin, to collect materials purchased on the premises, by July 1, 2020. Staff continued to conduct outreach to a list of target accounts that would be subject to the requirements.

7.       Multi-Family Recycling
In the July e-Blast, staff included the following topics: Bulky & Reuse Pick-Up, Compost Give-Away, Focus Group, and Mini-Magazine. The Focus Group will be open for the end of July and beginning of August and is covering the following topics for Multi-family managers and owners to give feedback on: contamination and Oops cards, community newsletter topics, online training, Bulky & Reuse Pick-Up participation; and textile collection participation. Staff has almost completed development of the Multi-Family Recognition Program and is working to roll this program out to the community later in the year, when COVID-19 impacts have subsided.

8.       Commercial Recycling
Alameda County Green Business Program: Staff is working through the Green Business Program checklist requirements to recertify CVSan as an Alameda County Green Business.

4R Business, 4R Planet Award Program: No new applications were received in July.

 All on-site commercial 4R Star Business verifications are on hold due to social distancing protocols related to COVID-19. Businesses may submit photos to verify activities during this time.

4R Star Employee Recognition: Staff met to discuss possible alternatives to the typical in-person event format. Staff brainstormed a virtual format for highlighting 4R Star Business employees and updated event planning documents. Staff will seek approval from Board President Sadoff once details of the alternate event have been finalized.

Commercial Outreach: Staff conducted three remote site visits in June. Staff updated the site visit form to continue outreach via phone, email, and video calls and to incorporate messaging around AB 827 in outreach. ACI staff conducted five remote site visits. All on-site commercial site visits are on hold due to social distancing protocols related to COVID-19.

Commercial Vision: Staff drafted a Commercial Vision document and met to discuss program planning for the next 3 years.

9.       School Programs
4Rs Field Trips, Green Ribbon Schools Program and School Waste Audits: Due to uncertainty in budgets and schooling for the upcoming school year, the Zero Waste Committee has suspended 4Rs Field Trips, Blue and Green Bin Check-Ins, Green Ribbon Schools Program, and Waste Audits for the 2020/21 school year. A signed letter went out to all Castro Valley school principals notifying them of these suspensions and the CVSan website will be updated soon to reflect this.

Online Refreshers: Staff is developing four short refresher slide presentations with audio and video for the upcoming school year for the following age groups: preschool, kindergarten – second grade, third – fifth grade, and sixth – twelfth grade. The purpose of the slides will be to replace the typical in-person CVSan Refresher Assemblies with a CVSan pre-recorded (and shorter) version that schools can access on the internet and play for their students when feasible. The slides will focus mostly on sorting and what students can do at home to reduce waste.

Student Scholarship: Staff has completed edits to the 2020-21 Student Scholarship application to make the program more accessible. Staff is now working on converting the application into a fillable pdf version and uploading it to the web in time for August distribution to interested schools and students.

10.     Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance

Staff is investigating funding options with the County of Alameda for the street can replacement project.


11.     Used Motor Oil Recycling Grant
UOPP: Staff continued reviewing expenditure reports and pulling invoices to prepare for submitting the OPP 9 Annual Report. Staff submitted the application for OPP 11 due on July 9th. Staff drafted an updated Resolution, to be approved at the August 4, 2020 Board Meeting, which did not mention Oro Loma Sanitary District per the request of CalRecycle.


Filter Exchange Program:The Fall Filter Exchange Program will run from October 12th – November 20th.


Used Oil Vision: Staff drafted a Used Oil Vision document and met to discuss program planning for the next 3 years.

12.     Recycles Day
Staff began planning for the alternate Compost Give-Away event in partnership with Pete’s ACE Hardware (Pete’s). The event will run from August 17th – September 19th. Pete’s agreed to order 3,000 bags of Whitney Farms organic compost to provide to the community throughout the program. Staff created and distributed publicity for the event, including a press release, Castro Valley Forum ad, boosted social media posts, e-blasts, and website updates.

13.     Advertisements
Four zero waste focused ads ran in the Castro Valley Forum during July: Safely Dispose of HHW, Green Your Clothes, Make Take Out Less Wasteful, and CVSan’s Compost Give-Away. There were also five articles published in the Castro Valley Forum regarding zero waste activities and events: ACI Office Now Open, Textile Collection Results, 4Rs Educator Award, Family of Gleaners, and Compost Give-Away.

14.     Pipeline Newsletter
Production of the Fall edition of the Pipeline has continued. The second round of copyediting was completed by MdR Company. The draft layout was created and routed to staff for review. Dakota Press was notified of production timeline.

15.     Website/Social Media
In July, CVSan had fourteen zero waste focused Facebook posts, including posts about reducing food waste, custodian recognition and awards, sustainable home tips, going paperless, a story on a family of gleaners, and a post on the cancelation of Recycles Day and Compost Give-Away. There were fifteen Twitter posts that mirrored what was posted on Facebook. Staff continued to edit pages of zero waste web content and created a Go Paperless page for the new website.

16.     E-Blasts
There were three e-Blasts sent out in July: CVSan Multi-Family Newsletter, CVSan Commercial Business Newsletter and a CVSan Events Newsletter.

17.     Reduce
Staff continued posting on social media for the Food Waste Prevention Campaign where, once a month, a fruit or vegetable will be highlighted in a social media post that is visually stunning and provides tips to reduce food waste and links to more resources. The post for the month of July, highlighted the avocado, with ways to make them last longer and a link to for additional tips to reduce waste.

Staff also continued posting for the Summer Produce Storage Social Media Campaign. July posts included the following fruits and vegetables with tips to reduce their waste and enjoy them longer: corn, plums and pluots, squash, and cantaloupe. The corn – to shuck or not to shuck, received a very high amount of engagement with over 1,000 likes, shares, and comments, even though it was only boosted for a small amount.

Lastly, the Go Paperless Social Media Campaign began in July and will run through August. This campaign will connect the community to tips on how to reduce extra mail, catalogs, bills, and other printed items. There is also a web page on the CVSan website at where resources and tips are outlined. In July, staff posted an announcement about the new web page and about ACI paperless billing.

18.     Reuse
Reuse Vision: Staff developed a Reuse Vision document covering the next three years.

ACI/BBMB Bike Reuse: Staff met with Bad Business Model Bikes (BBMB) to discuss reuse and repair of used bikes collected by ACI through the Bulky & Reuse Pick-Up program. BBMB expressed interest in a partnership and CVSan staff planned to follow up with ACI to connect both groups to coordinate details.

19.     Event Greening
With events on hold or cancelled for the near future, there is no change since last month.

20.     Community Group Outreach (CGO)
No change since last month.

21.     Green Hearts Volunteers
Staff published a press release to recognize the story of some special Green Hearts volunteers. After they participated in the gleaning event during CVSan’s 2020 Zero Waste Week, Grazyna Federowicz, a Castro Valley mother and her two teenage children have been hard at work gleaning citrus from local trees and donating the fruit to food panties in the area. From March through July, the family has gleaned and donated over 2,000 pounds of fruit! The story was very popular on CVSan social media and the Castro Valley Forum published an article as well.

Staff did not meet with the Castro Valley High School Green Hearts Committee in July. With the COVID-19 shelter-in-place (SIP) order, staff does not have any volunteer opportunities planned for the near future but is working on potential individual gleaning events which CVSan can support (much like we have with the Federowicz’s) during Zero Waste Week and Earth Month in 2021.

22.     Staff Training
No change since last month.

23.     Donation & Supply Requests
Donation & Supply Requests are on hold due to the COVID-19 SIP order. Staff did not finalize any donation requests for the month of July.

Month 2020 Administrative Fees Received New Res Pack Sent Extra Service Tags Sold Paper Garden Bags Sold Service Referral Used Oil Resi
Jan $185,242.64 58 4 5 14 16
Feb $119,608.16 56 20 12 44 20
Mar $74,776.27 51 16 16 35 10
Apr $176,010.67 59 0 0 34 0
May $119,461.37 71 0 0 29 0
June $57,076.48 58 0 0 45 0
Jul $173,681.42 77 0 0 30 0
2020 $905,857.01 430 40 33 231 46
2019 $1,244,105.21 661 108 146 251 183
2018 $1,237,983.77 685 70 181 185 184
2017 $1,184,010.66 693 127 172 89 155
2016 $1,130,189.26 710 166 55 128 130
2015 $1,081,778.12 668 231 63 133 81
2014 $1,038,681.55 682 214 72 102 89
2013 $1,032,944.80 569 237 106 98 92
2012 $1,018,905.30 799 198 110 92 78
2011 $980,417.43 579 195 135 150 83
2010 $920,986.76 671 205 96 187 100
2009 $777,740.14 544 277 159 743 215
2008 $608,998.07 446 374 149 136 137
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