NCRA wants you! Phonebank for the Ban on Tuesday 11/1


Tuesday, November 1 from 6 pm – 8 pm

Click here to access Yes on 67 Phone Bank and Event List!

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, David Brower Conference Room, 4th Floor

  • Please bring your cell phone
  • Pizza will be provided
  • BYO beverages and snacks

See you there! Thank you for your commitment to assisting our communities in upholding the bag ban!

Please RSVP to ncra@ncrarecycles.orgncra-yes-on-67-no-on-65-2016

Vote YES on PROP 67 to Uphold the California Bag Ban!

NCRA has taken a fervent YES position on Prop 67!  Please get involved, and share with others the importance of upholding the California Bag Ban!

Links to websites for more info and ways to get involved:

Protect Plastic Bag Ban Campaign
CAW Campaign
Surfrider Campaign

If Proposition 67 is approved by the state’s voters, it would:[1][2]

  • Ratify Senate Bill 270 (2014).
  • Prohibit large grocery stores and pharmacies from providing plastic single-use carryout bags and ban small grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor stores from doing so the following year.
  • Allow single-use plastic bags for meat, bread, produce, bulk food and perishable items.
  • Mandate stores to charge 10 cents for recycled, compostable and reusable grocery bags.
  • Exempt consumers using a payment card or voucher issued by the California Special Supplemental Food Program from being charged for bags.
  • Provide $2 million to state plastic bag manufacturers for the purpose of helping them retain jobs and transition to making thicker, multi-use, recycled plastic bags.

The American Progressive Bag Alliance, an opponent of the measure, is leading the campaign to repeal SB 270.[3]

The Money Behind Big Plastic’s Campaign

More than $6 million has been poured into an effort to challenge California’s plastic bag ban on the November 2016 ballot. Behind the effort are four out-of-state plastic and chemical producers, channeling funds through the plastic industry’s astroturf trade group, “American Progressive Bag Alliance.” Led by ringleader South Carolina-based Hilex Poly and New Jersey-based Formosa Plastics which does not have any locations in California – these companies produce most of the more than 200 billion plastic bags generated in the US annually. View their financial contributions to the referendum campaign at the California Secretary of State’s Website.

Hilex Poly (South Carolina): The top contributor to the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) to overturn the plastic bag ban, having contributed $2.78 million since 2014. Hilex Poly has led lawsuits against municipalities with plastic bag bans and a reusable bag company, all in an effort to protect the lucrative California plastic bag market.

Formosa Plastics (New Jersey): The second largest contributor to the APBA, having contributed $1.5 million so far. Formosa Plastics parent company is suspected in a natural disaster in Vietnam, polluting 120-miles of coastlines and causing a massive fish kill off. In the U.S. Formosa has a long track record of EPA and OSHA violations for pollution and reckless safety standards that have resulted in various polluting violations and the death and injury of numerous employees.

Superbag (Texas): The third largest contributor at $945,719. Superbag is one of a group that has sued cities and other municipalities for banning plastic bags and launched a frivolous lawsuit against ChicoBag, a reusable bag manufacturer, which ChicoBag challenged and the group subsequently dropped, unable to make an actual case.

Advance Polybag (Texas): The fourth largest contributor at $939,333, Also a member of the group that sued municipalities for banning plastic bags and unsuccessfully sued ChicoBag.

Annual Member Appreciation Picnic – September 11, 2016

Join us for the annual MEMBER’S PICNIC hosted by NCRA and Zero Waste Youth USA!

Sunday, 9/11/16 12:00-4:00

Enjoy a day in the sun with BBQ, lawn games, frisbee, and hanging out with fellow NCRA members and friends!

Bring your family, friends, and coworkers!!!

NCRA & ZWY USA will provide all food & drink! Non-members and friends are encouraged to contribute $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Join us at Lake Temescal

Landvale PicnicArea 6500 Broadway North Oakland, CA

Need a ride? We can help! Let us know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP by Sunday 9/6/16:

Flyer Here!

Anaerobic Digestion Facility Tour in August at South San Francisco Scavenger!

NCRA’s August Board meeting will take place at South San Francisco Scavenger and will include a tour of their brand new and state-of-the-art Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility! Opened in 2015, and already winning awards of distinction for innovation in recycling equipment and odor control, this tour is a great opportunity to get an up close look at how South San Francisco Scavenger is able to use AD to manage the local community’s need to process commercial food scraps while also keeping the neighbors happy by maintaining compliance with environmental regulations around odor control.

Closed toed shoes are required for the tour, but no other PPE will be required.

The tour will begin at 4pm, with the monthly meeting to follow, with dinner (provided!) at 5:30pm and the meeting to commence at 6pm.  Click here for the Draft Board Meeting Agenda.

Note:  Parking is ample at the facility, and carpools are encouraged. There is no public transit that gets closer to 1.5 miles from the facility.  If there is interest, NCRA can organize shuttle rides from the South San Francisco BART Station.  Please email if you might need help with transportation.


August 18, 2016

South San Francisco Scavenger

500 East Jamie Ct.South San Francisco, CA 94080

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at

Watch a video about the Biogenic CNG Facility here.

Click here to learn more about the SMARTFERM technology in place at South San Francisco Scavenger.