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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Marines' Memorial Theater and On-line
    • 605

    Speaker Bios and Topics

    NCRA's Recycling Update (RU) is THE event of the year for Northern California resource management professionals. RU features 25 experts on the spectrum of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot, as well as networking opportunities and plenty of ideas to bring home to your community.

    Often referred to as conference “speed dating”, RU presenters have only 10 minutes to let you know about the latest and greatest in waste reduction, high diversion and Zero Waste. Attendees include municipal staff, service providers, consultants and activists as well as local, regional and state policy-makers and members of the media covering Sustainability, Zero Waste, Reuse, Recycling, Composting and Product Stewardship.

    Each paid registration includes 6 or 12 months of membership. If, for any reason, you prefer not to be a member, please find the Accept Membership? field at the bottom of the registration page and select No. Sponsors, Speakers and Zero Waste Production Team Members should select N/A.

    A few networking events are being planned - in-person and virtual. Stay tuned.

    In person attendees must comply with all Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances and regulations. The 12/22/22 City of San Francisco COVID-19 Health Order Update strongly recommends wearing masks in crowded settings.


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    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Napa
    • 11

    International Zero Waste Day Tour
    Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 9am - 4pm
    (Meeting times and locations to be confirmed)
    Napa Recycling & Composting Facility, with lunch at Southside Napa - a local green business and wine tasting at Clos du Val - a Napa Green certified winery!

    Many of you are well-schooled on collection programs and outreach, but what happens next? Come see the next steps in closing the loop.  We are lucky to have local Bay Area facilities with updated technologies to process collected materials into usable feedstocks.

    Napa Recycling & Composting Facility has an aerated static pile composting system, as well as an organics de-packager, organics pre-processing line, receiving building, and all electric equipment to sort and process 100,000+tons/year of organics into feedstock for the onsite composting facility.   Many of us have seen MRF sort lines for recyclables, but you also need to see an organics sort line and processing operation to get insight into how California is going to get to the state’s lofty organics diversion goals.  And, while we’re at it, you’ll also get a glimpse into the MRF as well - including the new glass cleaning system and sorting robot.

    And, since we’ll be in Napa… we will have lunch at Southside Napa - a local green business, provided by Napa Recycling and Waste Services, followed by wine tasting at the beautiful Clos du Val, a Napa Green certified winery!

    • Friday, March 31, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Parking Lot, 240 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA 94621

    Join us for service and stewardship with Zero Waste Youth USAStopWaste, the San Jose Consevervation Corps, and Friends of San Leandro Creek in Oakland on Cesar Chavez Day, Friday, March 31st from 10 am - 12 pm. Be prepared for a day of action, wear sturdy shoes, bring your water bottle and clean-up essentials (bucket, grabbers/tongs, gloves). We'll have some extra clean-up supplies as well. Look for the Friends of San Leandro Creek sign on the fence near the map point: 220 Hegenberger Road. Park along Hegenberger Place or at HegenBurger. Directions

Past events

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Introduction to Recycling Class
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 Equity Scans - NCRA DEI Committee Salon
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 National Zero Waste Conference 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Virtual Career Fair
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Placeholder
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Introduction to Recycling - Virtual Class
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Satellite Data Zeros in on Landfill Methane Generation
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 NCRA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Salon
Monday, March 08, 2021 Who is at the Table? DEI in Waste and Recycling
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Introduction to Recycling - Virtual Class
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Career Connection Virtual Networking Forum
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 National Zero Waste Virtual Conference 2020
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 National Zero Waste Virtual Conference 2020 (Special Registrations)
Monday, October 05, 2020 Virtual Recycling Update 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 National Zero Waste Virtual Conference, Student Rates
Thursday, August 27, 2020 Webinars: National Zero Waste Virtual Conference
Thursday, August 27, 2020 Webinars: National Zero Waste Virtual Conference (Special Registrations)
Monday, November 04, 2019 Introduction to Recycling - Fall 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019 Tri-Ced Community Recycling Tour & Board Meeting
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Zanker Facilities Tour & Board Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019 NCRA Annual Member Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2019 The Devil We Know Film Screening and Panel
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 The Recycle, Compost and No Landfill Tour
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Recycling Update 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019 SFO Zero Waste Tour & Board Meeting
Monday, November 12, 2018 Introduction to Recycling - Fall 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Zero Food Waste Forum
Thursday, August 09, 2018 UC Berkeley Chou Hall Tour
Friday, March 23, 2018 Salvage Spring Fling: NCRA's 40th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 East Bay Facilities Tour
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Recycling Update 2018
Monday, November 13, 2017 Introduction to Recycling - Fall 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017 Recycle Bicycle Tour of West Oakland
Thursday, July 13, 2017 Pier 96 New Processing Line Tour
Thursday, June 15, 2017 West Contra Costa County Organic Materials Processing Facility Tour
Friday, March 24, 2017 Pier 96 New Processing Line Tour
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Dogtown Redemption Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmakers
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 It's All About the Process(ing) Tour
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Recycling Update 2017
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