The Zero Waste Department, ensures that residential and commercial customers receive quality organics, recycling, and garbage services at reasonable rates from Castro Valley Sanitary District’s (CVSan’s) contracted hauler. The Zero Waste Department ensures compliance with Federal, State and local regulations including a mandate to reduce materials sent to landfills, along with a requirement to appropriately discard hazardous materials, which helps to ensure proper long-term management of our resources and the environment.
CVSan is an industry leader in zero waste programs and has won many industry awards over the years for communications, design, and programs. CVSan has had curbside recycling since 1991 and food scrap recycling since 2001 and has accomplished significant waste reduction. We pride ourselves in serving the community and environment by looking to higher solutions to reduce waste beyond recycling and organics. In addition, CVSan has a goal of zero waste (90 percent or more diversion) by the year 2029. CVSan’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan was updated in 2020 and is a document which highlights our vision and significant achievements.
The Zero Waste Department does public outreach work to keep the community informed about legislation, new programs and the best recycling practices. Through extensive 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot or Compost) programs in the commercial, multi-family, residential and school sectors, CVSan works with the community on our collective path to zero waste.