Introduction To Recycling (ITR)

NOVEMBER 13-15, 2017, 8:30am-3:30PM


The rapid growth of the recycling industry – 550% since 1989 (CalRecycle/CIWMB estimate) means that experienced recyclers need to continually stay up-to-date and also share knowledge with employees, job seekers, municipal staff, elected officials and community advocates.

Since 1995, NCRA has made this easy by offering Introduction to Recycling (ITR), a three-day, 16-hour course – approximately 30 times. A quintessential exploration of the history of the recycling and Zero Waste movement, ITR offers both newcomers and seasoned professionals a critical overview of current concepts, practices and terminology. Most of the day will be spent listening to guest speakers, discussing concepts and completing exercises.

**Scholarships now available for students and interns; please send a note to staff via the contact page**

About the Instructors: Arthur Boone, President of the Center for Recycling Research, has been involved in the recycling movement since 1983 when he began a recycling program in Oakland, CA. He served as President of NCRA in 1987 and from 2011 to 2013, and is the founder of our annual Recycling Update.

Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development.

ITR Curriculum

Key Terms in Recycling
• Introductory Survey: What do you currently know about recycling
• Basic Terms: Three Rs, The IWM Hierarchy, and To Discard or to Dispose.

Basic Concepts
• How the materials cycle got broken
• How we recognized our shortcomings
• Conceptualizing the future: hierarchy
• The failure of recycling’s competitors: landfills and incinerators

Front Page - Landfill
• Market share of competing ventures—how fast things change
• What’s available for recycling: 12 categories
• How recycling works: drop-off, buyback, curbside
• Processing mixed materials vs. source-separated recycling
• The five types of material sorting/processing facilities
• Encouraging source separation-type recycling: the four policy options
• Five meanings of source reduction
• Three levels/types of recycling
• Market development and recycled product procurement
• Forming new ventures: the six areas of activity
• Recycling’s role in climate change

Know Your Materials
hdpe - high density polyethylene
• Hands-on demonstrations of basic market grades of materials: metal, glass, paper, plastic, wood, etc.

Equipment Slide Show
• Independent Learning: paper and video resources

2017 Course Evaluation

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