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!

Zero Waste Week – Full Schedule and Details!

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Zero Waste Youth Convergence 5th Annual Conference, Sunday, 3/19/17
This event brings together high school and college students as well as young professionals in a full day dedicated to learning, visioning, organizing for Zero Waste and bringing this back to our schools and communities. Please check their WEBSITE for more details about last year’s event and this year’s details soon to come.

Screening of “A Plastic Ocean” Monday, 3/20/17,6pm, Marin Sanitary Service
Plastic Oceans has assembled a team of the world’s top scientists and leading film-makers to produce a powerful, high-end documentary in high definition ‘A Plastic Ocean’. Accompanied by scientists, conservationists, and engineers, the film follows the journey of two explorers as they travel to some of the most remote parts of the world, documenting the environmental issues associated with plastic pollution and its impact on the environment, ecosystems and human health. Panel discussion to follow (panelists not yet confirmed). Drinks and light food offered. Free for NCRA members, nominal donation for non-members. RSVP here.

22nd Annual Recycling Update – Tuesday, 3/21/17 – 8:30am – 4:30pm, Berkeley
Recycling Update is THE event of the season for Bay Area waste reduction professionals to learn about what’s new and different in discards management. The day features nearly 30 industry experts speaking on the spectrum of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot as well as networking opportunities, a delicious zero waste lunch, and plenty of ideas to bring home to your local municipalities.

Conference Format:

  • Ten-minute presentations
  • Zero Waste continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and refreshments
  • Meet, discuss and network with folks in the field!
  • Easy BART access

It’s All About the Process(ing) Tour – Wednesday, 3/22/17 – 9am – 3pm
Most of the NCRA community is well-schooled on collection programs and outreach, but what happens next? Come see the next step in closing the loop.  We are lucky to have local Bay Area facilities with updated technologies to process collected materials into usable feedstocks. See here for all the tour info!

Want to know what happens to your glass bottles?  If you recycle a bottle in California, it goes to Strategic Materials – the largest glass recycler in the country.  If anyone toured their old facility in San Leandro, you’ll know that this is a fascinating and instructive tour!  Strategic has a new facility in Fairfield, and on this tour, you’ll see how glass is received, cleaned, and processed into cullet for production into new glass bottles and other products.

And what about food scraps, yard trimmings…and even the digestate we saw at our South San Francisco anaerobic digester tour a few months ago?  The Napa Recycling & Composting Facility has a new organics pre-processing line, receiving building, and all electric equipment to sort and process 80,000+tons/year of organics into feedstock for the onsite composting facility.  Many of us have seen MRF sort lines for recyclables, but you also need to see an organics sort line and processing operation to get insight into how California is going to get to that lofty goal of 75% of organics out of the landfill by 2025!

Tour participants will meet at a location to be determined in Berkeley at 9am, and the group will depart in two vans for a tour start time at 10am at Strategic Materials in Fairfield. No host lunch for the group will happen in the region from 11:45 until 12:45. Tour of the Napa Recycling & Composting Facility will start at 1 and end at 2:30, and the group will arrive back in Oakland/Berkeley by 3pm. Closed-toe shoes are required for the tour.

CRRA GRC Webinar: Next Steps to Zero Wasting in California, Thursday, 3/23/17, 12pm
Help us to plan the strategies and tactics we will need to maximize landfill reduction statewide.  Free workshop sponsored by the Global Recycling Council, a technical council of the California Resource Recovery Association. Sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition. See here for all the info and register here!

Dogtown Redemption, Thursday, 3/23/17, 6pm
Dogtown Redemption is the intimate story of recyclers in West Oakland—a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty. Join us for a free screening, refreshments, and a Q&A session with the directors.  Register here!

Pier 96 New Processing Line Tour, Friday, 3/24/17, 10am – 12 noon
The multi-million upgrade at Pier 96 is impressive and provides an educational and exciting tour!  It is especially noteworthy that the upgrade was fit into, and around, the old system while it was operating. It has resulted in reduced residual, including capturing small pieces of material, such as shredded paper and more glass, and also has the ability to recover more material types like cartons, film plastic and textiles. The upgrade was designed based on the successful secondary MRF R&D efforts in LA that were recovering more than half of the SF residual that was sent to their facility. Register here, free admission, 25 attendees maximum.

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 ncra@ncrarecycles.org if you might need help with transportation.

Details:

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 ncra@ncrarecycles.org.

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.

 

RU Tour: Imperfect and Unwanted Food

Wednesday, 3/23/16, 9:30am – 2pm, $30, tickets purchased after 3/14, $40

Interested in what happens to our local food scraps? How about unwanted food? On Wednesday, March 23, NCRA will tour Marin Sanitary’s food scrap collection program and the Marin Sanitary/Central Marin Sanitation Agency’s Food To Energy Anaerobic Digestion Facility. After lunch in San Rafael, the tour will visit Imperfect Produce, an innovative Emeryville CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that delivers “cosmetically-challenged” fruit and veggies to homes and offices. Space is very limited for this tour, CONTACT US here and our office will get you set up!