March 10, 2020

NCRA Recycling Update and Zero Waste Week Activities Postponed

As all are aware, the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly and has become a serious global health concern. The consensus of expert advice is that it would be unwise to move forward with large events at this time. Many of our speakers and attendees from various  businesses and agencies have been given travel and meeting restrictions, while others are choosing to not travel.  The absence of so many attendees would have a noticeable effect on Recycling Update.

Therefore, we have decided to postpone RU2020 and the other Zero Waste Week events, perhaps until September/October. We will get back to you with a revised plan.

Postponed Zero Waste Week events include:

        • Recycling Update
        • Zero Waste Youth Convergence
        • Green Drinks @ Spats
        • Urban Ore Welcome Reception
        • Zero Waste USA Training
        • Berkeley Food Network Tour
        • Chou Hall Tour
        • Renewal Mill / O2 Artisans Tour
        • North Bay Tour
        • Livermore Compost Tour
        • Dance to Zero Waste
        • Race to Zero Waste (virtual option pending)

The National Zero Waste Conference (NZWC) is no longer meeting in-person and the organizers are researching alternatives. They are not planning a September/October 2020 NZWC at this time.

As the duration of the Covid-19 epidemic is unknown, any new dates for RU2020 and Zero Waste Week may be subject to change.  We will keep you apprised of the situation as it unfolds.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. (Sorry about the automatic reminder earlier today.)

We encourage you to keep your registrations and join us in September/October. These events fund our non-profit and make possible Zero Waste advocacy and education programs. We appreciate your support!

If you need to cancel, please confirm with your team supervisor first – if appropriate. If approved, please use the NCRA Office Contact Form and select REFUND as the subject.  Juliana will be working on this closely and you will receive a refund within 30 days.

For all of you still attending public events, we suggest you follow CDC protocols. This includes following good hygiene and being vigilant about it, including washing hands often, not touching your face with unwashed hands and using hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available. Also, consider options for a handshake free greetings, such as:  wave, smile, make eye contact, Namaste, fist bump, elbow-bump, footshake or point one finger to say hello to old and new friends.


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