RECYCLING UPDATE 2021
POSTPONED TO MARCH 2022!
Come to the 10/21 Zooooom Membership Meeting instead!
Come to the 10/21 Zooooom Membership Meeting instead!
Order may be different than on the program page…
Waste Prevention Specialist, City of El Cerrito
Executive Director, Zero Waste Sonoma
Leslie has worked over 20 years in solid waste and resource management industry and, prior to this appointment, was the Director of Zero Waste at SCS Engineers a solid waste, recycling and organics management consulting firm for 13 years. She also had her own consulting company for 7 years.
She serves on the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition and the Zero Waste International Alliance and is an advisor to Zero Waste USA and California Resource Recovery Association. She is the founder of numerous stakeholder groups including the (GIVE) Council, Compost Coalition of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Zero Waste Task Force and the Zero Waste North Bay Symposium. Leslie has spent her career designing and implementing comprehensive sustainability and Zero Waste programs for large institutions, public agencies, venues, and events throughout California and the nation. […]
Program Director, Upstream
As Policy Director with UPSTREAM, Miriam is a leading architect and incubator of local and state policies aimed at making the Throw Away culture a thing of the past. Previously, as the California Director of Clean Water Action, Miriam launched ReThink Disposable, a program that has demonstrated that reducing throw away products in food service saves food businesses money and improves customers’ dining experiences. Over the last 20 years, she has been a leading California advocate for policies aimed at reducing plastic pollution and has worked with local, state, and federal agencies implementing pollution prevention and water quality programs. […]
At Ecoconsult, Genevieve represents the Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition, a coalition of non-profit organizations dedicated to source reduction solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. She advocates on their behalf for statewide legislation in the California Legislature and Executive Branch, as well as various processes amongst regulatory agencies. Before joining Ecoconsult in 2017, Genevieve worked on statewide and local plastic pollution policies and campaigns for Californians Against Waste. In the past, she has worked as a Landfill Reduction Technician at various events and sailed across the North Atlantic Ocean studying microplastic pollution with The 5 Gyres Institute. […]
Topic: California Communities Should No Longer Collect Plastic In Their Curbside Recycling Programs
Head Royce High School Debate Team and NCRA Mentors:
Pro: Patty Moore, Rebecca Jewell
Con: Martin Bourque, Peter Slote
Derek has been in the Solid Waste and Recycling field for approximately 25 years. His career began with an internship with the City of Napa, which eventually led to a part-time position with the City of Fairfield. In 2000 Derek graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Environmental Studies. He eventually went to work for the City of Vallejo where he has been employed for the last 18 years. Derek is currently on the SWANA Gold Rush Chapter Board and the California Product Stewardship Council the Board. Derek is an outgoing and fun loving recycling enthusiast!! […]
Wanda began her career in solid waste and recycling in 1994 at the City of Berkeley developing and implementing an ISO 14000 Environmental Management System and commercial and residential food scraps collection service. In 2007 Wanda became a Recycling Specialist in Oakland. She has over 26 years of service in government recycling and organics programs. Wanda currently manages outreach programs, assists with managing franchise agreements, develops and implements programs for compliance with regional and state mandatory recycling and organics laws. Most recently Wanda has lead Oakland’s participation in SB 1383 rulemaking and its implementation including edible food recovery program development. […]
Associate Analyst, HF&H Consultants
Monaliza Noor is an Associate Analyst at HF&H Consultants. She recently assisted with the development of CalRecycle’s SB 1383 implementation tools and case studies. To help jurisdictions plan for SB 1383, Ms. Noor has also helped develop a number of SB 1383-specific tools that identify requirements; delineate which entity (City, hauler, or a third-party) will do what; and, allow for cost-benefit analysis. In addition to her SB 1383 focused work, Ms. Noor also assists in hauler performance reviews, solid waste and recycling contract analysis, and procurement evaluations. Before joining HF&H Consultants in 2018, Ms. Noor worked for the City of Oakland’s environmental services division. In 2016, she earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.
LEED and Building Codes Technical Development Director, U.S. Green Building Council
Wes is responsible for the materials credits in LEED and directs organizational activities related to construction waste, product manufacturing, material transparency, circular economy, and embodied carbon. He has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for 20 years on broad topics including energy efficiency, supply chain sustainability, and chemicals transparency. […]
Senior Scientist, EOA, Inc.
Peter provides technical assistance to municipalities around the Bay Area, specializing in the development of policies and practices for: public and private green stormwater infrastructure, Zero Waste, zero litter, complete streets, sustainable landscaping, and urban forestry. His previous experience includes managing the environmental programs for the City of Emeryville and team member of Recology-San Francisco’s Fantastic Three program rollout. He is one of the four authors of the Ecology Center’s initial draft of Berkeley’s Single-Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance adopted in March 2019. […]
President and Director of Operations, Premier Recycle Company
Brock is President and Director of Operations for Premier Recycle Company. He started with the company in 2008 and has since led an 80% increase in facility material throughput. As well as serving on the board of Silicon Valley Construction Financial Management Association, Brock serves as the Legislative Committee Chairman and Board of Directors member for the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association. […]
Although not a Zero Waste professional, John is a star in his own profession. He taught in law school when he was 23; won his first case while still in law school at age 24 and in the 39 following years achieved and has been recognized as much as anyone can as a lawyer, including service as a superior court judge. Last year he became one of a select few attorneys admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, which he will presently discuss. […]
Dr. Anthony Hale
Program Director for Environment Informatics, San Francisco Estuary Institute Aquatic Science Center
Tony has advanced the Institute’s communications practices, overseen the development of new data visualization technologies, and partnered with state and federal agencies to address complex data management challenges such as those presented by trash-related pollution. He leads a solid team of innovators who share a common mission to advance our collective knowledge of California’s most pressing environmental concerns. […]
Debate Team, Head Royce High School, details pending
Coordinator, GAIA – Latin America and the Caribbean
Magdalena has worked in communications and networking with several Chilean NGOs and in Television Trust for the Environment (UK), supporting educational and activism programs in forestry and biodiversity for 15 years. For the last ten years she has worked on waste issues with cities in Latin America, particularly defending the rights of recyclers and promoting zero waste. She is based in Concepción, Chile. […]
East Bay Director, Downtown Streets Team
Julia is a community builder striving to end homelessness. As a Director at Downtown Streets Team, she is developing transformational communities of unhoused folks who are improving themselves while beautifying their surroundings. Her work is centered on making sure that everyone has a seat at the table, with a sense of belonging, purpose, and place. […]
Executive Director, Yolo Food Bank
Michael has an accomplished background in business management and nonprofit leadership. Following his undergraduate education in Business Administration, he launched a career in international finance. An entrepreneur for the past 20 years, Michael has been the owner for 10 years of Davis Commercial Properties, a commercial real estate brokerage firm. As president of the nonprofit Davis Downtown for four years, Michael acquired a deep knowledge of nonprofit management best practices. At this time of transformation for YFB, Michael’s unique qualifications enable him to guide the organization with a balance of innovation and stability, blending business acumen with a passion to serve. […]
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NCRA’s Recycling Update will be held on-line on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6, from 12-5pm. Two half-days. Registration is $75 for Current Members and $135 for Non-Members. Details
Interactive Topic Lunches, 10-Minute Presentations, Entertaining Breaks and – drum roll, Debates! The debates will be conducted by members of a local high school debate team coached by subject matter experts from both sides of the issue.
Presentations will be from innovators and experts in waste prevention, food rescue, reuse, recycling, composting and Zero Waste. Join 300 Zero Waste professionals and advocates for networking and small group discussions of current topics.
The program (subject to change) is as follows:
|Leslie Lukacs||Zero Waste Sonoma||Are Compostable Products Being Composted?|
|Laurenteen Brazil||City of El Cerrito||National Sword’s Impact on the El Cerrito Recycling Center|
|Genevieve Abedon||Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition / Ecoconsult||Fighting Plastic Pollution: California Legislative Efforts|
|Miriam Gordon||Upstream||Bringing Reuse Into Food Service Through Policy and Business Innovation|
|2:00pm||Break: Entertainment / Activity TBD|
|2:30pm||Debate Team||Head Royce High School||Collecting Low Value Plastics|
|3:15pm||Break: Entertainment / Activity TBD|
|Monaliza Noor||HF&H Consultants||SB 1383 Model Tools Overview|
|Wanda Redic||City of Oakland||Reduce and Rescue Oakland’s Surplus Food|
|Derek Crutchfield||City of Vallejo||Recycling Rewards: Recycling Incentive Contest|
|Wes Sullens||U.S. Green Building Council||Update on Recycling, Circular Economy, and Embodied Carbon in LEED v4.1|
|Peter Schultze-Allen||EOA, Inc.||What do Stormwater and Zero Waste have in Common?|
|Brock Hill & John Moore||Premier Recycle Company / Law Office of John Douglas Moore||How Franchising Impairs Recovery of C&D|
|Tony Hale||San Francisco Estuary Institute – Aquatic Science Center||Accelerating Trash Detection in the SF Bay Area using Advanced Technology|
|2:00pm||Break: Entertainment / Activity|
|2:30pm||Debate Team||Head Royce High School||Mixed Waste Processing|
|3:15pm||Break: Entertainment / Activity|
|Magdalena Donoso||GAIA – Latin America & the Caribbean||Wastepickers: Key Agents for Zero Waste Cities|
|Julia Lang||Downtown Streets Team||I Clean the Streets, Because I’m from the Streets: How to Use Environmentalism as a Vehicle to End Homelessness|
|Michael Bisch||Yolo Food Bank||Transforming Wasted Food Recovery In A Small Rural County|
Presented by: The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) and the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) in coordination with the NRC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, the NCRA DEI Committee and the Ohio Recycling Coalition. Produced by Portia Sinnott, NCRA Vice President and Zero Waste USA Program Director.
This webinar’s objectives are to motivate the waste and recycling industry to actively explore and discuss DEI issues and initiatives, and inspire individuals and organizations to create their own mandates. We will address the issues via succinct introductory presentations with commentary, hold a robust intra-panel discussion and follow that with a lively Q&A session!
Are we leading the way or stumbling behind? Does anyone have a handle on the statistics? Has your business, agency or non-profit adopted DEI initiatives? Are they actively being implemented and tracked? Are the benefits clear to all involved? What factors are being addressed – age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, language and/or cultural background? Does your actual workforce reflect these commitments – in front of the house: management/decision makers, as well as the back of the house: workforce/membership? Are there efforts underway to stimulate workforce training and advancement?
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With your generous support, Race to Zero Waste can uphold its mission of “Sustainability in Action.” As we reflect upon our workers, ways to promote Zero Waste initiatives, and how we can better serve our community once social restrictions are lifted, we can acknowledge our past, work in the present, and plan a Zero Waste future for all.
Below are The 3 P’s your support of Race to Zero Waste will create:
We are all in this together and your support will help guide our future into a new and even better normal than the one we left behind. RUN/WALK/BIKE with us in solidarity over solutions that keep us all safe and our planet healthy for generations to come.
Once you register you’ll be able to set-up your tracker (Charity Footprints free iOS/Android app or link up your Fitbit), and complete your distance goal anywhere and anytime!
The registration/running fee is $25, and you can sign up as an individual our create your own team to invite friends and family to support you on this challenge.
We’ve got some fun ways to stay engaged, learn about Zero Waste and meet new people virtually of course >:)
SAVE THE DATES:
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81719167159
Sponsorship makes low-cost tickets and scholarships for Zero Waste Week events possible!
GOLD: City of Vallejo, StopWaste, Napa Recycling & Waste Services, City of Napa, San Francisco Department of the Environment, HF&H Consultants, R3 Consulting Group, RethinkWaste, Alameda County Industries, Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery, Toter, City of Fremont
BRONZE: South San Francisco Scavenger, City of Livermore, RecycleMore, Recyclist, Resource Recovery Coalition of California, City of Sunnyvale, City of Stockton, Cascadia Consulting Group, RecycleSmart, Sure-Close
Generous support from our Sponsors provides scholarships and low-cost tickets to students and those that need financial assistance to attend. If you are interested in Sponsorship, please send us a note via the contact page!
BENEFITS OF SPONSORSHIP:
Ticket(s) to the event based on sponsorship level (as outlined above)
–*Special this year* Discounted registration for the National Zero Waste Conference ($55 discount per ticket)
–Your personalized logo on the NCRA website and program
–Sponsors will be formally thanked on stage
–Sponsor logos will be displayed on the screen during both breaks and lunch
–The larger the sponsorship the larger the logo is for placement
–Sponsorships support discounted tickets for job seekers as well as the students’ scholarships
By Doug Brooms, ZWAC Co-Chair, 9/13/21
The California Legislative Session for 2021 has now adjourned, as of 9/10/21. All of the Bills that have successfully passed both the Assembly and Senate Floor votes are now at some stage of amendments being concurred in, then next sent to Engrossing and Enrolling, and then presented to the Governor’s Office.
Bills which NCRA support typically come via two sources. Historically, NCRA selects Bills of interest from CalRecycles Priority List to write letters of support, which last March had begun with over 80 proposed Bills. For the second consecutive year, NCRA has been a member organization of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition (CSLC), under the guidance of EcoConsult. NCRA is a signatory to these group sign-on letters of support.
These following ten Bills which NCRA supports have successfully emerged from the 2021 Legislature:
Priority Bills of both the CSLC and CalRecycle (4)
AB 881 Gonzalez, Lorena D Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export.
AB 962 Kamlager D California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: reusable beverage containers.
AB 1276 Carrillo D Single-use food accessories and service ware.
SB 343 Allen D Environmental advertising: recycling symbol.
Priority Bills of CalRecycle – NCRA Letters of Support (4)
AB 680 Burke D Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: California Jobs Plan Act of 2021
AB 1261 Burke D State Air Resources Board: greenhouse gas emissions: incentive programs.
SB 27 Skinner D Carbon sequestration: Natural and working lands: registry of projects.
SB 244 Archuleta D Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention.
Regrettably, there were eight other NCRA supported Bills entering August, that ultimately did not pass out of the Legislature:
NCRA Letters of Support (5)
AB 284 Rivas, Robert D California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: climate goal: natural and working lands.
AB 501 Garcia, Cristina D Reduction of human remains and the disposition of reduced human remains.
AB 1086 Aguiar-Curry D Organic waste: implementation strategy.
SB 459 (Allen) Political Reform Act of 1974: Lobbying
SB 752 (Allen) Elections: Disclosure of Contributions
During the next several days, letters of support, previously addressed to Bill authors and to committee chairpersons, will be revised and addressed to Governor Newsom to urge his signature. Governor Newsom will have until October 10 to either veto or to sign Bills into law. Last year, Governor Newsom had signed into law a total of six Bills which NCRA had supported. This year, we’re entering with ten, with expectations of doing at least as well.
On Thursday, August 19, after careful evaluation of all options, the NCRA Board decided not to hold Recycling Update on October 5. Instead we will host:
We will be sending future notices with more specifics. We have not yet determined whether RU in March 2022 will be in-person or virtual.
The decision to postpone RU was made for the following reasons:
Thank you to the RU Program Committee for their hard work, to the confirmed Speakers for their flexibility and to the Board and Staff for making this challenging decision.
Thank you to the 168 people who responded to the RU preferences survey. It really helped clarify this decesion.
If your NCRA membership has expired, please log-in to renew your membership ASAP! This ensures you will continue to receive the NCRA News and discounts on NCRA events. Your membership help support NCRA’s advocacy and education efforts throughout the year. Because we did not receive the usual membership renewals around RU you this year, NCRA’s membership and funds have been diminished.
Recycling Update 2021 will be held on October 5. As always, the NCRA Board and RU Committees are working to set up an engaging and informative event.
This year, we want to be particularly sensitive as we navigate the COVID transition. To better serve you, please fill out this short anonymous survey ASAP or before August 15: