ZWW/Recycling Update


2018 Recycling Update Program!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  8:00am-4:30pm       Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

             (Parking is located nearby at several lots, and the Downtown Berkeley BART Station is just two blocks away.)

Register today! Late Fees kick in on March 15th!

A limited number of discount tickets and scholarships to Recycling Update are available for volunteers, students and those in need of financial assistance. To apply, please send us a note via the contact page!

The Recycling Update conference is THE event of the season for Northern California resource management professionals.  RU features 25 experts speaking on the spectrum of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot, as well as numerous networking opportunities, a delicious Zero Waste lunch and plenty of ideas to bring home to your community!

Often referred to as conference “speed dating,” speakers have only 10 minutes (plus a few minutes of Q&A) 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.

Parking is located nearby at several lots, and the Downtown Berkeley BART Station is just two blocks away.

 Thank you 2018 Recycling Update Sponsors!

Generous support from our Sponsors provides scholarships and low-cost tickets to students and those that need financial assistance to attend. If you are interested in Sponsorship, please send us a note via the contact page!

♥ 2018 Zero Waste Week Events ♥

Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, 2018, San Francisco
Resilient Communities Fight Back: Equity In Zero Waste
March 17, Jackrabbit Beach at Candlestick Point Park
Community Building & Beach Cleanup
March 18, City College SF Ocean Campus
Speakers, Workshops & Raffles…
Providing students and young professionals the resources to protect the health of their communities and environment from unnecessary waste. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!
Zero Waste USA announces the Spring 2018 certificate program for resource management professionals, municipal staff, service providers, advocates, job seekers and students.

The series is sponsored by the Northern California Recycling Association, Santa Clara County and Recology Sonoma Marin, Zero Waste Sonoma and Zero Waste San Diego.

Two Locations and Instructor Teams
San Jose: Ruth Abbe & Gary Liss
Santa Rosa: Portia Sinnott & Rick Anthony
Plus lectures by Bay Area Zero Waste leaders

Class 1: Introduction to Zero Waste, Monday, March 19
Class 2: Zero Waste Principles and Tools, Friday, April 20
Class 3: Zero Waste Community Planning, Thursday, May 24
Check-in: 8:30am         Instruction: 9am – 3pm

Students may register for one or more classes.
$125 each or $300 for series.
Scholarships available. Successful completion of all three classes and exams earns Zero Waste USA Zero Waste Community Associate Certification. Register Today!

Monday, March 19th, 2018: Food Recovery in Action

Join fellow NCRA members and volunteers in serving dinner at City Team in Old Oakland. City Team receives food donations from many Bay Area businesses and transforms them into meals for anyone in the community every evening. Come see food recovery in action!

5-7 pm, City Team Oakland 722 Washington St, Oakland, CA

15 slots to sign up using CityTeam’s volunteer hub:

Please remember long pants, closed-toe shoes, and covered shoulders are required.

Parking on the street is metered until 6pm. Carpooling is recommended.

Wednesday, March 21st, 9:30 am-3pm,        East Bay Facilities Tour

Join NCRA members on a tour of facilities and local businesses that are contributing to our East Bay recycling infrastructure. We’ll visit Independent Recycling’s construction and demolition yard, then check out a lab materials exchange Bio-Link, and mattress recycling innovators DR3. Waste Management’s Davis Street Transfer Station staff will host us after lunch for a tour of their new Organics Materials Recovery Facility.

We will meet at 9:30 am at the Coliseum Bart Station in Oakland, visit the facilities, have a light lunch, and return attendees to Bart by 2:30/3pm.  Cost is $25 and includes van transportation and a light lunch.  Wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen, and bring your own water bottle.  Register today, only 25 spots are available!

Thursday, March 22nd, 11am-2pm, EPA Deconstruction Policy Quarterly Meeting, San Francisco

Join Northern California deconstruction and reuse experts working on deconstruction policy.  The program will feature short NCRA Recycling Update-style presentations by non-profit, business, and government experts and group discussion sessions. The event will be hosted at U.S. EPA Region 9 in San Francisco and will be free. Pre-registration is required. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Friday, March 23rd, 6-10pm – NCRA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!


Help the Northern California Recycling Association celebrate it’s 40th Anniversary in style in a celebration of reuse, recycling, art, and fun!

Join us for an evening of dancing and refreshments at Ohmega Salvage.  Featuring the work of local Bay Area salvage and upcycling artists who will be creating salvage art in real time and engaging attendees in their artistic process.

NCRA is proud to feature the amazing EJ Harkness of Weird Art Productions in this introspective look at NCRA’s legacy and what the future holds for our next 40 years.

Our anniversary celebration is FREE FOR NCRA MEMBERS, and a $15 donation is requested of non-members; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Mix and mingle with industry friends and newcomers and help us celebrate a Zero Waste party of legendary proportions! 


    Sunday, March 25th, 4-7pm              Downtown Oakland Zero Waste Week   Clothing Swap!

Refresh your wardrobe for free, get rid of stuff you haven’t been wearing, and have a fun time!
Where: Old Town Square Community Room 555 10th Street Oakland, CA 94607
When: Sunday, March 25
Time: 4 p.m-7pm  What to bring:
– Clothes and shoes in good condition and in all sizes. Also, bring any accessories and jewelry you’re ready to part with.
– All your (female) friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. who’ d enjoy the swap
– Optional: Snacks/beverages to share.  
Don’t have any clothes to get rid of? PLEASE come anyway, as we usually have way more clothes than takers! What’s left over will be donated. Of course, you can also take back anything you brought in case it does not get swapped. There is no cost for this event but RSVPs are requested by emailing us via the contact page. We look forward to seeing you there!