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Happy birthday, CVSan!

CASTRO VALLEY — For 75 years, the Castro Valley Sanitary District has been doing the necessary but not necessarily elegant task of disposing of the community’s trash and, ahem, wastewater.

The district will celebrate the occasion with its customers Friday, July 25, at the district office.

According to a CVSan flier, from 2 to 3 p.m. there will be wastewater demonstrations and activities. I’m not sure what kind of demonstrations are in store. The flier refers to a Vac-Con vehicle; after doing some thorough research (OK, a quick Google search), it appears it’s a truck that cleans sewers. There will be videos and “what happens in your sewer pipes.” It’s not clear if the latter is a video or a demonstration.

From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., the focus changes to solid waste, which includes the stuff that goes to the landfill, aka trash; recycling; and food and yard clippings. Activities include demonstration of an automated Waste Management truck (I’m pretty sure it still requires a driver), more videos and a “T-shirt to bag activity.”

Oh, and free ice cream and other giveaways.

Much has changed in the world of trash and sewage collection in the past 75 years. A lot less goes to the landfill; composting and recycling have become routine for many. The landfill is producing gas to run the garbage trucks. Toilets are more efficient, and people are becoming aware of what they put down the drain. Metal trash cans with lids that didn’t work after the first week of being knocked around have been replaced with light-weight carts on wheels. Trucks are becoming more environmentally friendly and quieter.

The open house should be a good chance to see some of those changes. And remember — free ice cream!

CVSan’s office is at 21040 Marshall St.

 

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