Victory for Civicorps to Expand Class B Driver Training Program

Article appears on Civicorps' website. Published July 31, 2014.

Last week's City Council meeting saw Civicorps in the limelight as their staff, students, Board Members, and community partners spoke passionately about how expanding their organics collection service will provide family-sustaining careers for Oakland youth.  

All eight City Council members individually lauded Civicorps for its achievements and willingness to create a new career pathway for Oakland's young adults.    

The vote before the Council was to award a garbage, recycling, and organics collection contract to either the current provider: Waste Management or to three Oakland-based partners: Civicorps, EBMUD, and California Waste Solutions. 

In the end, the Council voted unanimously to award the contract to the Oakland partners! Thus, Civicorps will collect commercial organics throughout the city and deliver them to EBMUD's anaerobic digester to be converted into renewable energy.  

Through this contract, Civicorps will be able to expand its Class B Driver Training Program to establish a pathway to lucrative Teamster union jobs. They also will create positions for graduates to become customer service interns and zero waste specialists.

This landmark contract will produce a national model for how to use a garbage franchise agreement to create pathways for low-income young adults while providing the best environmental outcomes for the entire city. 

"This proposal offers the City a sustainable solution to organics processing in Oakland, by Oakland, for Oakland."  

- Andy Katz, President of EBMUD's Board of Directors  


Read more about this groundbreaking decision in the Oakland Tribune and CBS Bay Area!