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  Intro to Recycling with Arthur Boone

Introduction to Recycling

Since 1994 and usually offered in March and September, this course provides a great background for a career in the field. Introducing trade terms, history, law, practice, current issues and many of the technical problems the recycling industry faces, this course is a must have. Taught by longtime Zero-Waster and Materials Doctor Arthur Boone, Introduction to Recycling (ITR) is so informative that attendees have even included those who have been in the field for years.

Last offered on Oct 27-29, 2014 at Recology 2014 in San Francisco, stay tuned for the next course at the same location March 2015. Check back to the NCRA web site for more details.

Click here to read the first edition of Arthur Boone's Introduction to Recycling: A Guidebook to the Field.

Click here to read the second edition of Arthur Boone's Introduction to Recycling: A Guidebook to the Field.

Independent Learning
Registrants will be advised to consult the book, "Introduction to Recycling" which is posted above. The majority of the presenters will be NCRA members working in the recycling field. Most of the classroom day will be spent listening to guest speakers and completing exercises designed to enhance the basic concepts in the field.

Under the general leadership of Arthur Boone, NCRA’s Educational Chairperson, a series of recycling industry leaders will address specific topics. Speakers to be announced.

The rapid growth of the recycling industry (550% since 1989; CIWMB estimate) means that experienced recyclers continually need to share their knowledge with newcomers so that they may move forward into responsible positions. Sometimes our own work is moving forward so fast that we may lack the time or the skills to provide needed training to newcomers. Thus, NCRA offers this course to help train people who would like a quick overview of recycling by presenting an inexpensive three-day course at a convenient location.Register Online Now!

WHO Should Attend?
The course is designed for newcomers to the recycling field and is an ideal orientation for many individuals such as: entry-level program assistants, interns, professionals from other fields, members of local advisory committees, city council members and staff, members of the board of supervisors, activists, solid waste handlers, recycling facility employees, commercial and industrial facility recycling program managers and staff.

**Scholarships now available for students! Contact for details.**

Click here for Introduction to Recycling Curriculum.

Also, read an article about NCRA's President and Materials Doctor Arthur Boone, a Recycler in Paradise.


More Education on Recycling and Discards Management: 

The Positive Role For Scavengers in the Urban Collections Environment, Being a Longer Version of “LONG LIFE TO SCAVENGERS” by Arthur Boone (abbreviated version shown in May, 2012 edition of Resource Recycling magazine). Click here to read the full "Long Life to Scavengers" article.

The READERS’ EDITION of the WEST COAST FORUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, WASTE PREVENTION, RECOVERY AND DISPOSAL. Presented by USEPA Regions Nine and Ten on-line in June, July, and August, 2008. Edited by Arthur R. Boone, Center for Recycling Research, Berkeley, California. December, 2009.

News Flash!!!


Join NCRA for our Annual Members Meeting and State of NCRA Address on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at StopWaste.Org, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612. We will start at 6pm - with food and sharing, and end by 8:30pm. To get there from 12th Street City Center BART, walk three blocks north on Broadway and three blocks north of 12th Street City Center BART. Directions PLEASE RSVP!

Please plan to attend this very important meeting at which we set the agenda for the coming year. We will review what we accomplished over the past year as well as what we have set out for the upcoming year. Newly elected members of the board will be announced. The meeting promises to be interactive and the conversation lively. Help us shape NCRA's priorities for the upcoming year and don't forget your networking shoes because you will be meeting new people! Dinner is provided to all members who RSVP. Non-members are also welcome to attend and a small donation will be requested for any non-members who would like to eat. An agenda for the meeting will be posted to the web site in early January. Please RSVP to by January 9 if planning to attend.


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Our popular Intro to Recycling Class was held on October 27-29 at 401 Tunnel Ave in San Francisco. Thanks to all those who attended
This three day course focused on the All the Basics: Terms, Concepts, Equipment, and Resources in the greater Bay Area. It's a valuable tool for those new to the industry or for those looking to implement more effective waste diversion campaigns in their towns. The course will be offered again in the Spring, typically in March. Please check back to our web site for more details!

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