Castro Valley Sanitary District

 

Mandatory recycling in the Castro Valley Sanitary District service area is effective as of July 1, 2014 for all businesses and institutions as well as multi-family properties with 5 or more units. Phase 2 of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance began January 1, 2016, which adds food scraps and compostable paper to the “Covered Materials” list. 

 

 

Compliance Requirements

All businesses and institutions (regardless of garbage service volume) must:

  1. Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials.
  2. New! Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities of organics (food scraps and/or compostable paper), such as restaurants and grocery stores:* Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics.
  3. Recycle all recyclable Covered Materials: cardboard, newspaper, white paper, mixed recyclable paper, recyclable glass food and beverage containers, metal (aluminum and steel) food and beverage containers, PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastic bottles.
  4. New! Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities of organics, such as restaurants and grocery stores:* Place food scraps and compostable paper in separate organics cart/bin for organics collection.
  5. Ensure recycling and organics containers are contamination free.  Only recyclable materials may be placed in recycling containers and only organics may be placed in organics containers.
  6. Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out of tenant businesses.

* The Ordinance prohibits the disposal of any food scraps or compostable paper in the garbage. However, for practical use, organics are considered to be “significant” when 10 or more gallons (think two 5-gallon buckets full) are disposed of in a garbage cart or 20 or more gallons (four 5-gallon buckets full) of organics are disposed of in a garbage bin.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires businesses and institutions in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Businesses can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.

Property owners and managers of multi-family properties with 5 or more units must:

  1. Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for recyclable materials at the same or at an equally convenient location as garbage.
  2. New! Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics (food scraps and compostable paper) at the same or at an equally convenient location as garbage.
  3. Provide information at least annually to employees, tenants, and contractors describing how to properly use the recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out.

Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires multi-family properties in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Multi-family property owners or managers can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.

Services Provided

The Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) contracts with Waste Management of Alameda County for garbage, recyclables and organics (food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris) collection service.

In CVSan, collection rates for recycling and organics cart service are less expensive than garbage service. For business and multi-family customers that are already paying for 3 cubic yards of garbage service per week or less, recycling is included.

Free onsite waste and recycling assessments are available upon request. Customers may also submit a request form for internal containers and equipment (see below in the Support Materials section for more information).

Service Provider Information:
Waste Management of Alameda County
Phone: (510) 613-8700

CVSan Information:
Castro Valley Sanitary District
www.cvsan.org/content/solid-waste
Phone: (510) 537-0757

Support Materials

Below are downloadable support materials specific to the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) service area. Additional support materials for any community are also available for businesses and institutions and multi-family properties.

Businesses and institutions support materials:

Multi-family support materials: