Contra Costa County has an established infrastructure for the collection of secondary feedstocks. Currently three landfills operate in the County, three material recovery facilities and a numerous recycling facilities, which accept various materials (these materials are listed in Contra Costa County’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide which can be viewed online at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/guide.pdf).
Contra Costa has an extensive network of highways, railways and waterways. Businesses have ready access to the San Francisco Bay Area’s huge market and beyond. Interstate 80 provides East/West access from San Francisco to Sacramento and across the county, Interstate 680 connects Contra Costa to the Silicon Valley, State Highway 4 runs east through the County’s ‘growth corridor’ and connects to Interstate 5. Completion of the Richmond Parkway connects Interstates 80 and 580, which makes a significant portion of industrial and commercial land in West County easily accessible. Four hub airlines are located with in a 60-mile radius from most locations (Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento), and seven ports are located nearby, including Richmond, California’s third largest in annual tonnage, and Oakland, which accounts for nearly 5 percent of U.S. exports. Major railways are the high-speed rail Denver & Rio Grande Western (San Joaquin Valley to Oregon), Union Pacific (Oakland to Chicago) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Richmond to San Joaquin Valley).