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June 25, 2020 – Good Day Sacramento’s Lori Wallace Visited Cal-Waste!

In this clip anchor Lori Wallace shared information about our Observation Room, Educational Program, “Cal-Waste Recycles Right” app, and our commitment to keeping our communities clean and safe by using the most advanced technology available. Click the video now to check it out!

In the second video clip Casey Vaccarezza, Director of Operations, talks with Lori Wallace about our new MRF, the work we have been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new jobs we plan on bringing to the community.
Watch it now by clicking the video!

June, 2020 – “The Year of Innovation”

“We saw the need to grow with the expanding recycling market with some contracts that came up around us,” says Casey Vaccarezza, director of operations. “We reached out to CP a second time to build our second version.”

“It’s a new concept that CP put together,” says Vaccarezza. “We’re happy with the results. It’s something new in the industry.”

The setup helps Cal-Waste with challenges in material recovery and labor, notes Casillas. “You don’t have people on the pre-sort tearing bags or grabbing heavy stuff,” says Vaccarezza. “It separates material right out the gate before it gets to a sorter’s hands where they have to handle something bulky in a bag and not know what’s in that bag.” To read more, click here.

April, 2020 – “A Principled Approach”

CP Group recently completed a total system upgrade at Cal-Waste, Galt, California, that involved adding a Primary Auger Screen, a GlassBreaker Screen, an AWScreen, a CPScreenTM, a Scalping Auger Screen and five MSS optical sorters.

Dave Vaccarezza, owner of Cal-Waste says the Primary Auger Screen, “Takes the burden depth down to a much more manageable level and does a great job of spreading everything out so there are no big lumps and clumps.” It also has allowed Cal-Waste to reduce the number of sorters on the presort line from eight to four. Even with the reduction in workforce, the MRF increased its capacity from 11 tons per hour (tph) to 30 tph.

The Scalping Auger Screen further splits the material into homogeneously sized streams. “I think it is working very well there,” Vaccarezza says. To read more, click here.

February 27, 2020 – “Celebrating Our Community Partners & Honoring Cal-Waste!”

The City of Angels Mayor & City Council in cooperation with Angels Camp Business Association, Destination Angels Camp and Bank of Stockton held a Celebration Dinner on January 27th at Bank of Stockton. The dinner was catered by The Pickle Patch. Angels Camp Business Association honored Cal Waste for their continued support of our Community. Without the support of Cal Waste many ACBA sponsored events would not succeed. To read more, click here.

May 13, 2018 – “Recycling, Once Embraced by Businesses and Environmentalists, Now Under Siege”

“The U.S. recycling industry is breaking down.

Prices for scrap paper and plastic have collapsed, leading local officials across the country to charge residents more to collect recyclables and send some to landfills. Used newspapers, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles are piling up at plants that can’t make a profit processing them for export or domestic markets.” To read more, click here.

January 10, 2018 – “City of Galt to celebrate winter birds Jan. 20”- The Galt Herald

“The city of Galt, in collaboration with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, is pleased to present the 11th annual Winter Bird Festival. Festival guests will enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Cosumnes River Preserve and the incredible opportunity to catch sightings of waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife in their winter habitat.” To read more, click here.



December 29, 2017 – “Tis the season for way more cardboard at landfills” – CBS Sacramento

“Instead of being tossed aside though, this mountain of cardboard is being cubed and sold off.” To watch the news clip, click here. 



October 7, 2017 – ” Mokelumne fishing guide wins award for water stewardship, conservation efforts”  – LodiNews

Although Bill Ferrero lives in Stockton and works for the Cal-Waste Recovery Systems sales department during the week, his true passion is the Mokelumne River, and has been since 1957 when his parents built their family home on Turner Road near Lodi Lake when he was only 4 years old.To read the article, click here. 




October 2, 2017 – “In the Spotlight Cal-Waste: 90 Years Strong” – Waste Advantage

“As a third-generation waste and recycling company, Cal-Waste Recovery Systems prides themselves on efficiency, innovation and forward-thinking strategies, while putting their communities they serve and employees first.” To read the article, click here. 



September 27, 2017 – “Cal-Waste Recovery Systems giving back for 90 years” – Galt Herald

“From humble beginnings, the Vaccarezza family understood that being a part of a community holds a special responsibility to its citizens of all ages. In 1927, with nothing more than a few horse-drawn wagons, Colombo Vaccarezza began collecting rubbish from residents of Lodi to provide feed for their hogs. To obtain rights for hauling away food scraps, Vaccarezza was required to collect dry trash every other week. As the war years approached, the company voluntarily contributed to the war effort by segregating scrap metal, rubber, and paper by hand.” To read the article, click here. 

June 6, 2017 – “Cal-Waste celebrates 90 years in business” – LodiNews

When Colombo Vaccarezza started collecting swill and dry waste from local restaurants, businesses and residents in Lodi to feed his pigs, he never imagined that 90 years later the operation, also known as Cal-Waste, would be one of the largest waste recovery and recycling companies in the northern Central Valley.To read the article, click here. 

December 15, 2015 – “Kitten survives Galt recycling center, rescued just before falling into compactor ” – KCRA Channel 3

“A tiny kitten was discovered headed down a conveyor belt at a Galt recycling facility Tuesday, just as she was moving toward a potentially fatal compression.

Cal- Waste Loader Operator Tony Miranda was sorting the recycling when the newborn feline came into view” To read the article, click here. 

September, 2015 – “Hundreds of Hypodermic  Needles Appearing in Galt Garbage” – CBS Sacramento 13

“They’ve got a medical waste mess in Galt. In just one month, more than 900 hypodermic needles were dumped off at a recycling plant there. The only problem is that recycling plant is not equipped to handle the medical waste.” To watch the news clip, click here.

March 25, 2015 – “Sorting, recycling workers on pins and needles” – LodiNews

“It’s 10 a.m. at the Cal­Waste Recovery Systems’ materials and recycling center in northwest Galt. Already, workers have removed close to two dozen uncapped hypodermic needles from the conveyer belt.” To read the article, click here. 


March 25, 2015 – “Youth Commission: City needs process to dispose of used sharps” – Galt Herald

“Galt Youth Commission members said the city doesn’t have a formal process to properly dispose of used “sharps” and other needles used for health and medical purposes.

Commissioner and Galt High School senior Brandon Garcia spent last summer as an intern at California Waste Recovery Systems in Galt. He saw first-hand what needs to occur if a used sharp turns up in the solid waste, recycling, or greenwaste containers while the material goes through a sorting process.” To read the article, click here. 

September 5, 2014 – “California Waste Recovery Systems recycling center helps keep landfills from overflowing” – LodiNews

After you finish a Greek yogurt, you chuck the plastic container into your recycling container.

It’s co-mingled with last week’s newspapers, the cardboard box your Aunt Lois used to ship your birthday present from Minnesota and a pile of slick advertisements from yesterday’s junk mail.To read the article, click here. 

July 9, 2014 – “Discovery Channel’s ‘Mythbusters’ blow up a Cal-Waste truck” – LodiNews

A How much damage can a fertilizer bomb do to an ordinary garbage truck? Does it make a difference if the truck hails from a Woodbridge-based company?To read the article, click here. 

September 20, 2012 – “California Waste Recovery moving to Galt” – Sacramento Business Journal

A waste recycling company plans to move its operations to Galt, where it will employ 60 people, a city official said.

California Waste Recovery Systems, which handles waste and recycling operations for the city of Galt, is moving from Lodi, where it will consolidate operations in an almost 98,000-square-foot concrete warehouse, said Galt City Manager Jason Behrmann. The company processes about 150 tons of recyclables per day from Galt and surrounding communities, according to a May 2012 study prepared for the city by Raney Planning and Management Inc. of Sacramento.” To read the article, click here. 

November, 13, 1993 – Lodi recycling is ‘state of the art’ – Lodi News-Sentinel

In this article, our new state of the art facility is described by Lodi News-Sentinel staff writer Hal Silliman. Even back in the early 1990’s, our company prided itself on being cutting edge!

December 5, 1992 – Crews begin distributing trash carts – Lodi News-Sentinel

In this Lodi News-Sentiel article, the delivery and distribution of over 42,000 carts to local residents is documented. New cart systems including a larger recycling cart and smaller trash cart were given to the public for the first time. Cal-Waste owner Dave Vaccarezza discussed the education of Lodi residents.

May 10, 1990 – Recycling pays off for Galt schools – The Galt Herald

In this article, donations made to Galt Schools, Fairsite and Valley Oaks, from recycling efforts proves that recycling does pay! Cal-Waste is proud to have been a part of our local school districts for many decades.

February 11, 1988 – Trash collector saves woman with broken hip – Lodi News-Sentinel

A heroic act by David Barkman, a Cal-Waste Crew Member, was memorialized in the Lodi News-Sentinel in this great article. We’re proud of our team members, always going the extra mile!

November 18, 1983 – Lodi firm praised for recycling operation – Lodi News-Sentinel

Following an impressive award given to us by the state Waste Management Board, Cal-Waste owner Dave Vaccarezza describes the mechanics of composting, the effects it has on the environment and the impact is has on the economy. We’re proud to say, Cal-Waste still composts material today!

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