Contamination Monitoring – Fall 2022

As a part of California’s initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and contribution to climate change, you’ve likely started using the Organics Recycling Service provided by WVC&R at your home or business.

Sorting into a brand-new waste stream may not be an easy adjustment for everyone, which the state of California and WVC&R recognize. As such, starting in the summer of 2022, WVC&R will be conducting state required contamination monitoring at randomly selected commercial and residential properties. Monitoring will occur on service days for all containers on site; WVC&R staff will be lifting container lids and visually examining the contents. This will allow WVC&R representatives to confirm proper sorting practices and identify how customers can be supported in their sorting efforts going forward. This monitoring process is not only a state requirement, but is also an excellent opportunity for WVC&R to find ways to effectively engage and educate the communities we serve on new sorting techniques!

Click here to view WVC&R’s Single-Family How-To Guide

Click here to view WVC&R’s Multi-Family How-To Guide

  • City of Campbell Water Tower

West Valley Collection & Recycling is making recycling easier. Simply enter your address to view your collection schedule, request a large item pickup or enter a material to see if it’s recyclable.

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Food Scraps Now Accepted In Organics / Yard Trimmings Cart

Exciting news!  Effective immediately, all residents can place food scraps inside the organics/yard trimmings cart. The residential yard trimmings cart is now considered the organics cart. WVC&R is in the process of delivering kitchen organics pails to all residents, the pail will be dropped off near your mailbox.

To use the pail:  keep the pail in your kitchen, fill it with food scraps, and EMPTY THE PAIL INTO YOUR ORGANICS CART AS NEEDED. DO NOT PLACE THE PAIL OUTSIDE OR ON YOUR CART FOR WEEKLY COLLECTION. Food scraps from the pail need to be inside your organics cart in order to be collected.  Drivers will not empty the pails into the cart.

Click here for a detailed list of what goes in the organics cart.

Contamination Monitoring – Fall 2022

As a part of California’s initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and contribution to climate change, you’ve likely started using the Organics Recycling Service provided by WVC&R at your home or business.

Sorting into a brand-new waste stream may not be an easy adjustment for everyone, which the state of California and WVC&R recognize. As such, starting in the summer of 2022, WVC&R will be conducting state required contamination monitoring at randomly selected commercial and residential properties. Monitoring will occur on service days for all containers on site; WVC&R staff will be lifting container lids and visually examining the contents. This will allow WVC&R representatives to confirm proper sorting practices and identify how customers can be supported in their sorting efforts going forward. This monitoring process is not only a state requirement, but is also an excellent opportunity for WVC&R to find ways to effectively engage and educate the communities we serve on new sorting techniques!

Click here to view WVC&R’s Single-Family How-To Guide

Click here to view WVC&R’s Multi-Family How-To Guide

NOTICE
Our number one value at West Valley Collection & Recycling is the safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. We are closely monitoring the current situation and are following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and our state and local public health officials. We recognize that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has tremendous unknowns and could cause unanticipated service delays, service interruptions, or unusually high call volumes.
We provide an essential service within our communities and strive to meet our customer commitments. At West Valley Collection & Recycling, we have developed and implemented business continuity plans to ensure our operations run as effectively as possible during this unique period in order to keep our commitment to provide the best possible service in a courteous, effective manner, and show respect and gratitude for those we are fortunate to serve.
Thank you. We greatly appreciate your patience and trust in West Valley Collection & Recycling.
 

SB 1383 & Rate Update

Click HERE for more information on SB 1383 and how it will affect residents, businesses and multi-family complexes!

What is SB 1383?

SB 1383 is California’s law to reduce organic waste methane emissions and is referred to as California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.

SB 1383 is the most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years.

Why is SB 1383 Important?

California is now experiencing the effects of a climate crisis: hotter summers with world record-breaking temperatures, even more devastating fire seasons, more extreme droughts, and rising sea levels that erode our coastlines.

Scientists tell us that greenhouse gasses released by human activities, like landfilling food and yard waste, cause climate change.

To respond to this climate crisis, California is implementing statewide organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery.

Will recycling food waste and other organics really make a difference?

Landfills are the third largest source of methane in California.

Organic waste in landfills emits:

  • 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma.

Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills.

Reducing Short-Lived Climate Super Pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.

Much of the details in the questions above are from CalRecycle and more information can be found on their website.

How does SB 1383 affect my service?

SB 1383 is a California law pertaining to all businesses and residents. All WVC&R organics service is provided at no additional charge, it is included with the cost of your garbage service.

If you live in a single family home:

  1. You will receive a kitchen pail for food waste that you can keep on your counter or under your sink to make collection of food scraps in your kitchen clean and convenient.
  2. Along with the kitchen pail we will provide detailed instructions on how to participate in the new organics recycling program.
  3. You may begin placing organics in your yard trimmings cart once you receive your kitchen pail or beginning 11/1/2021 whichever occurs first.

If you live in a multi-family complex:

  1. You will receive a kitchen pail for food waste that you can keep on your counter or under your sink to make collection of food scraps in your kitchen clean and convenient.
  2. Along with the kitchen pail we will provide detailed instructions on how to participate in the new organics recycling program.
  3. You may begin placing organics in your organics bin/cart once your apartment/townhome has organics bins or carts on site. The organics cart/bin will be located near your garbage and recycling bins.

If you own or manage a business:

WVC&R is assessing properties to provide free organics bins or carts and ensure compliance.

WVC&R is here to help your business or multi-family complex participate properly in the organics recycling program. WVC&R can provide outreach such as:

  • how-to guides for multi-family complex residents
  • posters for businesses
  • organics recycling presentations for residents and/or staff

If you would like to request outreach, please email us at customerservice@westvalleyrecycles.com

What organics are acceptable in my yard trimmings cart?

Acceptable organics include:

FOOD SCRAPS: meat, poultry, fish, bones, egg shells, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, beans, solid dairy, coffee grounds/filters and tea bags

FOOD SOILED PAPER: paper towels/napkins, paper plates, pizza boxes, paper take-out food containers

PLANTS: flowers, grass clippings, cactus, leaves, plant trimmings, lumber (unpainted/untreated, under 3” diameter and 2’ long), branches (under 3” diameter and 2’ long), ivy, Christmas trees (clean with stand and decorations removed)

CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE WARE:  bags, cups, plates, utensils (compostable ware must meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability)

Please refer to the links below for a complete list of rates effective July 1, 2021:

New Residential Garbage Rates:

City of Campbell | City of Monte Sereno | City of Saratoga | Town of Los Gatos

New Commercial and Multi-family Garbage Rates:

City of Campbell | City of Monte Sereno | City of Saratoga | Town of Los Gatos

WVC&R is your EXCLUSIVE Roll-Off and Debris Box Provider

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Please call customer service at 408.283.9250 to schedule your debris box or for more information.


California Privacy Policy

PRIVACY NOTICE FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

Waste Connections is providing this notice to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) and other California privacy laws. Any terms defined in the CCPA have the same meaning when used in this notice.

Please click on the following link wasteconnections.com/ccpa#categories for: (i) a list of categories of personal information we will be collecting, and (ii) the business purposes for which such personal information will be used.

Complete copies of our Privacy Policy and our supplemental California Privacy Policy may be found at wasteconnections.com/privacy and wasteconnections.com/ccpa.

If you have any questions or comments about this notice, our Privacy Policy, or our supplemental California Privacy Policy, the ways in which we collect and use your personal information, your choices and rights regarding such use, or wish to exercise your rights under California law, please visit us at wasteconnections.com/ccpa or call our toll-free number at 844-858-2240.