December 10, 2016

See recycling in action–visit the Davis Street Transfer Station–Wednesday, December 5

Davis Street fiber-line employees.

Davis Street fiber-line employees.

Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 – 11 am, meet at the administration building at the Davis Street Station, 2615 Davis Street, San Leandro.

See waste and recycling in action. Come on a tour of the Davis Street Transfer Facility, which receives waste, compostables, and/or recyclables from Albany, Emeryville, Oakland, Alameda, Castro Valley, Oro Loma, Hayward, Newark, Mill Valley, Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda, as well as the general public.

Run by Waste Management, this “Materials Recovery Facility” is one of the most modern in California, with the capacity to recycle/recover a wide variety of materials including compost, metal, paper, cardboard, glass, electronics, batteries, and plastics. Workers here separate recyclables through a complex combination of automated and human processes.

The tour is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Northern Alameda County Group and its Zero Waste Committee, and will be facilitated by Chapter conservation chair Arthur Boone, a recycling professional with 20 years in the business, and Group chair Kent Lewandowski.

We will be there during operating hours so that we can see the crew at work.

The tour is of special interest for two reasons:

  • the Sierra Club is campaigning for including apartment and multi-family homes in Oakland’s compost-pick-up program (see August-September 2012, page H; this matter is expected to come to the City Council in January);
  • the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) has proposed a campaign for fair pay and benefits for recycling workers in Alameda County, and invited the Sierra Club to participate.

Come see how your waste gets sorted, diverted, and disposed of.

Directions: from I-880, take Davis Street south until it dead-ends. At your left is the entrance to the recycling facility. Tell the guard that you’re with the Sierra Club. When you arrive, please turn right at the stop sign and proceed to the Administration office.

Tour requirements: the Transfer Station is an industrial facility; all participants will wear the provided hard hats and vests. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. The tour involves about 40 minutes of walking over unpaved areas and up and down stairs.

Carpool: 9 am from Lake Merritt BART, Madison Street between Eighth and Ninth.

For questions contact Kent Lewandowski at or (510)547-1207.

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