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.”

Need A Fun Zero Waste Game?

By Portia Sinnott, NCRA News Editor and founder of Zero Waste Sonoma County, 4/4/17

Need a fun, thought provoking game to play at Earth Day events or County Fair booths? I suggest my version of the old memory game Concentration. I have been using it to teach my cohousing neighbors and many others about recycling since 1999. Cute name suggestions welcome via the NCRA contact page; please select “Newsletter” as the Subject.

Instructions:

1) Place a mix of recyclable and non-recyclable items on a table.

2) Add a few disposables and their reuseable counterparts, as well as some small repairables and their non-repairable cousins.

3) Cover with a cloth which you pull off to start the game.

4) Perhaps use a big timer to add drama.

5) Give participants 10-20 seconds to memorize the contents, replace the cover and then ask them to write down all of the recyclable and reuseable items they remember.

6) The one who remembers the most items is declared the winner.

But wait, the game is not over! Use the uncovered mish-mash to discuss what is recyclable or not – in their community and why. Then introduce Zero Waste and how it is more and different than recycling. This game has proven to be a great way to get people to talk about recycling and Zero Waste in a fun and relaxed manner.

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Hosting Citywide Garage Sales

Both El Cerrito and Albany hold citywide garage sales on subsequent Saturdays in May.  Hosts must register at least a month in advance and pay a fee – El Cerrito – $16 and Albany – $10, to be included in the handouts and on-line map which are distributed the week before the sale.

El Cerrito, which often holds sales in the Spring and Fall, celebrated it’s 25th anniversary sale in 2015. Albany started their sales in 2009 in collaboration with El Cerrito. They now hold separate events. It is possible the collaboration was too big of success, resulting in a very complicated list and map.

Hosting Citywide Garage Sales
By Laurenteen Brazil, City of El Cerrito, CA
Do you host citywide garage sales? If not, why not? They are an excellent opportunity to promote reuse and community pride while reducing clutter. Depending on how an organization is structured, events can be coordinated by the staff that promotes sustainability – like the Public Works Department here in El Cerrito, or by the staff that promote events like the Recreation Department.

 The major elements to a successful citywide event include:

  • Determine administrative fee(s) as necessary
  • Establish an efficient registration process – both online and hardcopy
  • Develop an informative webpage
  • Select a date that doesn’t conflict with major events or activities
  • Conduct outreach to generate hosts and shoppers
  • Circulate press releases to generate event enthusiasm  – radio and newspapers
  • Coordinate newspaper ads listings
  • Design maps for distribution – online and hardcopy
  • Create banner(s) for advertisement purposes
  • Place ads in all in-house newsletters
  • Post flyers at major community-based businesses
  • Utilize social media to build interest – Facebook, Twitter, Next Door…

Partners: It may be useful to partner with a neighboring city or organization to share advertising and to promote community support. Events can be hosted on the same day to create a huge garage sale or successive Saturdays. Allow businesses and bordering cities to participate as partners or sale hosts. Shoppers will appreciate more locations to visit to find great goods at great prices.

Maps: Decide how best to design the map. Do you have a budget to use a designer or do you need to create it in-house? If you choose to use a printer, make sure they use soy-based inks and make sure to select the highest recycled-content paper provided. Limit hosts to a maximum of 20 words for sale descriptions to insure the map is a one page duplexed document.

Food and Drink: Decide whether or not to allow hosts to use food and beverage ads as enticements. Promoting foods prepared in unlicensed kitchens could potentially be problematic for a city. Once decisions are made, make sure to be consistent in providing that information to each host.

Photos: On the day of the event, take photos of different sales to use for upcoming outreach materials.

Post Event: Provide hosts with resource information to ensure unsold items do not end up in the landfill.

Survey: Plan to survey hosts as well as participants soon after the event in order to determine where improvements need to be made. The registration form should also include space for feedback to help generate new ideas and enhancement opportunities.

A well-organized citywide garage sale is fun for those that participate, benefits the environment by promoting reuse, reducing clutter and waste, and helping to foster a more connected community. Read more… El Cerrito and Albany.

Recycling Update 2017 – Speaker PDF Presentations

Thanks to our outstanding speakers at the Recycling Update Conference!

Video presentations can be found here; not all are uploaded yet, so check back!  The speakers that did not utilize a PowerPoint have no link.

Tim Aagard – Tiny Tots Diaper Service Don Litchfield – Republic Services
Komal Ahmad – Copia Adam Lowy – Move For Hunger
Susan Blachman Mark Murray – Californians Against Waste
Emily Coven – Recyclist Jackie Nunez – The Last Plastic Straw
Lise Gorgone – City of Albuquerque Vanessa Pan – GO Box
 Amy Hammes – City of Burbank Jerry Powell – Resource Recycling
Bob Hollis – GreenEducation.US Melissa Romero – Californians Against Waste
Maria Javier Heidi Sanborn – CA Product Stewardship Council
Dan Kurzrock – ReGrained Garth Schultz – R3 Consulting
Wade Laughter – Cannabis Activist Wendi Shafir – EPA Region 9
Shana Levy McCracken Giri Veeramuthu – American Licorice Company
Dave Lentz – Wastexperts  John Wick – Marin Carbon Project

 

Recycling Update 2017 was a smashing success – thank you!

Thank you to All who attended the 22nd annual recycling update conference!

We had 24 industry-leading presenters that inspired and educated, and a crowd of 350 attendees from many fields!  7 Gold Sponsors, 5 Silver Sponsors, and 10 Bronze Sponsors made scholarships and discounted tickets available to those who needed assistance.  Thank you for making the Conference such a success!

Linked here is the program for the day; we will be posting pdfs of the presentations here as well, so keep checking back.  And in mid-April, we will have videos of each presentation available on our YouTube Channel.

Thank you again to our Sponsors!

GOLD : City of Fremont, City of Vallejo, StopWaste, SF Department of the Environment, City of Napa, Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery, Napa Recycling & Waste Services

SILVER : City of Livermore, R3 Consulting Group, HF&H Consultants, Ecology Center, Gigantic Idea Studio

BRONZE : Marin Sanitary Service, City of Stockton, CRRC Northern District, Stanford Recycling Center, CRRA, City of Palo Alto, City of Sunnyvale, SCS Engineers, Amador Valley Industries, Berkeley Recycling