West Contra Costa County Organic Materials Processing Facility Tour

The June 15th NCRA Board meeting 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.”

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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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

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