School Programs

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) provides technical and financial assistance to Castro Valley schools to design and enhance waste reduction and recycling programs.  If you are ready to reduce the amount of waste your school generates, we are ready to help you!  Read below to learn more about our school programs and resources to help your school send less to the landfill. 

CVSan’s School Zero Waste Services Guide 2019-2024 for Castro Valley Schools is available at the bottom of this page.
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Services Available for the 2020/21 School Year:

As we all work towards providing the best for our community, CVSan recognizes that these are unprecedented times and that there are many unknowns and changing guidelines for how schools will operate in 2020/21 due to COVID-19.

 Therefore, the following CVSan School Programs will be suspended for the 2020/21 School Year: 

  • Green Ribbon Schools Program, Requirements, and Awards
  • 4Rs Field Trips
  • Blue and Green Bin Check-Ins
  • Waste Audits

We are disappointed to suspend these programs. However, we are optimistic about working with schools on waste reduction in the following ways:

Custodian Recognition: CVSan intends to provide recognition in June 2021 like the one for the 2019/20 school year which included awards.

 Donation & Supply Requests: A modified request process is being developed for monthly processing of requests for recycling and organics containers and signage. Information will be provided soon.

 e-Blast Newsletters: CVSan will draft monthly articles, as well as design and compile resources for teachers, to help with continued curriculum on the topic of waste reduction with students. Anyone can sign up for the newsletter at cvsan.org/enewsletters.

 Financial Assistance – CVSan provides schools with signs, as well as indoor and outdoor recycling and food scrap recycling containers.  In 2019, CVSan donated over $5,000 in supplies to Castro Valley schools.  Click here to complete a Donation & Supply Request Form or to learn more about donations available.

 Free Recycling & Organics Services – CVSan offers recycling and organics collection services to schools at no additional cost through its contract with Alameda County Industries (ACI).  Contact ACI at (510) 483-1400 to sign up for service or to make service changes.

 Phone Call Consultations: As is the case every school year, CVSan staff will be available by phone and email to help teachers, students, and school staff reduce waste.

 Refresher Presentations: CVSan staff will record short refresher presentations which will be made available online for viewing by all classrooms. The recorded presentations will be customized to different grade categories and will take the place of assemblies typically presented in August and September.

 Student Scholarship: The high school scholarship application has been modified to reach a wider audience of senior students and will be available at cvsan.org/studentscholarship.

 Additional information for the upcoming school year will be emailed soon, so please look out for messages from CVSan. If you have any questions please contact Zero Waste Specialist II, Jordan Figueiredo at jordan@cvsan.org or at 510-537-0757 ext. 112.

Additional Resources:

School Diversion Rates as of March 2020

School March 2020 Diversion 
Canyon Middle 90%
Castro Valley Adult 83%
Castro Valley Elementary 89%
Castro Valley High 83%
Chabot Elementary 81%
Creekside Middle 82%
Independent Elementary 88%
Jensen Ranch Elementary 85%
Marshall Elementary 83%
OneSchool Global (formerly Sterling West Anchor Education) 91%
Our Lady of Grace 86%
Palomares Elementary 83%
Proctor Elementary 80%
Redwood Alternative High School 89%
Redwood Christian 25%
Stanton Elementary 82%
Vannoy Elementary 81%
Average Diversion Rate: 81%
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