NCRA Board Meeting – This Thursday 7/20 in Oakland

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RECYCLING ASSOCIATION

BOARD MEETING – THURS July 20, 2017

Location: John Moore’s Office, 1970 Broadway St, Oakland, CA 94612

Food served at 6pm; meeting begins at 6:30pm.

Open to the public – all welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the NCRA Office if you wish to attend.

DRAFT MEETING AGENDA

NCRA Happy Hour Mixer – Thursday, June 22, 2017 – San Francisco

Join us for happy hour in San Francisco, Thursday, June 225-8pm at the Hotel Zetta, 55 5th St, SF, CA 94103. It will be held in their “Salvage & Rescue” lounge, which highlights decor and art made from salvaged and rescued materials. NCRA will cover the first round of drinks.

Hotel Zetta is an 116-room, eight-story hotel and meeting place is a part of the Viceroy Group’s Urban Retreat Collection. The tech- and dog-friendly Zetta fuses the old with the new, creating an inviting atmosphere that is both timeless and modern.

Recycle, reuse, repurpose. The hotel’s eco-friendly design scheme is inspired by the green philosophy to recycle, reuse and repurpose as many things as possible. Conceived by renowned Seattle-based interior design firm Dawson Design Associates, Inc., most of the décor is made from recycled materials, such as empty wine bottles, broken glass and collected metal. Retro tech is a theme that runs throughout the hotel, from the massive murals depicting vintage televisions and scrapyards to the hotel mascot, a dog sculpture made from old tools and automotive parts.

Board Meeting and West Contra Costa County Organic Materials Processing Facility Tour

The June 15th NCRA Board meeting (Agenda here) will be preceded by a tour of Republic Services’ West Contra Costa County Organic Materials Processing Facility. The facility has recently installed a Covered Aerated Static Pile (CASP) composting system, which is becoming the standard in California.  It utilizes forced air instead of mechanical turning to aerate the piles, and the active compost piles are covered with a layer of finished compost to mitigate odors.

Residential and commercial yard trimmings and food scraps from Contra Costa County and beyond are composted at the facility.  The tour will also include the adjacent C&D processing operation, transfer station, landfill gas-to-energy plant, and driver training center.  Republic Services gave a presentation about the facility at the 2017 NCRA Recycling Update.  The slides from the presentation are here and the video here.

We will meet for the tour at 4:00 p.m. on June 15th at the trailer offices by the scale house at  1 Parr Blvd. in Richmond.  Carpools are encouraged! The tour will last until approximately 5:30 p.m.

Following the tour, we will drive separately to Republic Service’s offices – 3260 Blume Drive, Suite 200 – about 4 miles away for dinner (provided!) and the NCRA Board meeting. The meeting will conclude by 8:00 p.m. and is open to anyone who would like to attend. 

To attend, please follow this link and login with the email address you receive NCRA messages at; proceed to events, and then register.

Please reply to your confirmation registration email if you will be attending the dinner and meeting as well.  Thank you!

Recycling Update – Speaker Video Presentations!

We are pleased to share some of the video presentations from our 22nd Annual Recycling Update Conference.  More presentations are being added every day, so check back in, and view and share widely!

Giri Veeramuthu, Director of Quality, American Licorice Company – “Retailers and Manufacturers Striving for Sustainability Goals.”

Jackie Nunez, The Last Plastic Straw – “Speaking Truth to Plastic -The Last Plastic Straw Movement – A tipping point from Awareness to Action.”

Jerry Powell, Founder and Executive Editor, Resource Recycling, Inc. – “Recycling Markets, Real and Alternative Facts.”

Vanessa Pan, GO Box -“Filling in Emerging Needs Around Reuse.”

Komal Ahmad, CEO and Founder, Copia – “Solving the World’s Dumbest Problem: Food Waste.”

Susan Blachman – “Measuring and Recovering Wasted Edible Food in Alameda County.”

Wendi Shafir, EPA Pacific Southwest Region – “How K-12 Schools can improve student nutrition, save money and avoid wasting food.”

Adam Lowy, Move For Hunger -“Donate Your Food When You Move.”

Mark Murray, Executive Director for Californians Against Waste – “Update on the California Buyback Crisis.”

Melissa Romero, Policy Associate for Californians Against Waste – “Legislative Update & What to Expect.”

John Wick, Marin Carbon Project – “Creating Healthy Working Landscapes in California and Beyond.”

Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council – “How Stewardship Efforts Are Impacting Operations and Budgets.”

Maria Javier -“Planning for Trash: A Regional Look at Municipal Perceptions of Solid Waste Management in Urban Planning.”

Don Litchfield, Area Post Collections Manager, Republic Services – “Transitioning from Standard Windrow Composting to Covered Aerated Static Pile – Lessons Learned.”

Amy Hammes, Recycling Specialist, City of Burbank – “The City of Burbank’s Master Recycler Program.”

Emily Coven, Recyclist – “A Silicon Valley Executive Walks Into the Solid Waste Industry…”

Dave Lentz, Wastexperts – “Supplemental Services for Commercial and Multifamily Dwellings.”

Lise Gorgone, Administrative Services Manager, City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department – “Processes to Understand and Reduce Contamination in Curbside Recycling.”

Garth Schultz, Principal, R3 Consulting – “Recent Trends in Solid Waste Rate Setting.”

Bob Hollis, The Mobius Network LLC, – “GreenEducation.US Offers National Certification.”

Tim Aagard, Tiny Tots Diaper Service -“The Three R’s and Diapers.”

Shana Levy McCracken – “Innovations in Fashion—Implications for Waste.”

Dan Kurzrock, Co-Founder, ReGrained – “Edible Upcycling: Circular Economy Applications for the Food System.”

Wade Laughter, Cannabis Activist – “The Importance of Compost in the Production of Commercial Medical Cannabis.”

Monthly Board Meeting – Thursday 4/20 at SF Dept. of Environment

All are welcome to attend the Thursday, April 20 meeting at the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

All are welcome to attend the Thursday, April 20 meeting at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Dinner- probably pizza, is at 6pm followed by the meeting at 6:30pm. The address 1455 Market Street, near Van Ness, 3 blocks up Market from Civic Center BART Station. Street parking is available on 11th St. All attendees are required to RSVP in advance to ncra@ncrarecycles.org otherwise you won’t make it through Security. Directions

NCRA Meeting Agenda 4/20/17