NCRA gives FREE engaging and behind the scenes tours several times a year at Bay Area cutting-edge facilities and organizations. Recent tours have included: Pier 96, Strategic Materials, Napa Recycling & Composting Facility, Marin Sanitation Agency Anaerobic Digestion Facility, and Imperfect Produce.  Stay tuned for future tours and contact to RSVP, or help organize a tour.

2020 Tours:

Monday, March 16, 2020 3 pm -4:30 pm—-One Business’ Trash Is Another Business’ Treasure: A Walking Tour of O2 Artisans Aggregate – 2311 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA

(optional happy hour at GhostTown Brewing 4:30-5:30 pm (1960 Adeline St))

02AA  an eco-industrial park located in West Oakland, is home to a network of artisans working collectively to develop and promote environmentally progressive projects. The systems created at O2 enable tenants and the community to utilize alternative energies & reduce and up-cycle various waste-streams. We’ll tour some of the tenants and spaces within the aggregate with a sneak peek inside. Come learn how 02AA is connecting businesses through maximizing their resource streams and supporting a sharing circular economy.

2311 Magnolia St, Oakland. Meet at the offices to the right after entering through the large gate with three mailboxes and a sign for “02 AA” on the fence 

*we may amend to include a tour prior at Renewal Mill, TBD

2017 Tours:

Saturday, November 11, Recycle Bicycle – West Oakland

Thursday June 15, 2017 – West Contra Costa County Organic Materials Processing Facility

1 Parr Boulevard, Richmond, CA – Tour starts at 4pm, and dinner and monthly Board Meeting will follow starting at 6pm (dinner/meeting to be held at the Republic Services office at 3260 Blume Drive, Richmond). To attend, please follow this link and login with the email address you receive NCRA messages at; proceed to events, and then register.

March 22, 2017, Strategic Materials and Napa Recycling & Composting, Fairfield and Napa

March 23, 2017, Pier 96 Processing Line, San Francisco

2016 Tours:

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Wednesday, 3/23/16

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 and our office will get you set up!

2015 Tours:

AERC Tour – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 4pm

AERC is one of the largest universal waste and electronics recycler in Northern California.  Their facility is a R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler location.

Tour starts at 4pm at 1475 Crocker Avenue, Hayward CA 94544

NCRA’s 2015 ZERO WASTE WEEK TOUR: Resilience Climate Change Expedition, Friday, 3/20

2014 Tours:

July 17, Berkeley Recycling hosted by the Ecology Center, Berkeley

2013 Tours:

February 21, Sunnyvale SMART Station, Sunnyvale
April 18, Tri-Ced Recycling, Union City

2012 Tours:

September 20, El Cerrito Recycling Center, El Cerrito
July 12, Shoreway Environmental Center, San Carlos
June 21, Sonoma Compost, Cotati
April 19, USAgain, Hayward
March, Newby Island Landfill and Compost Facility, Milpitas

(USAgain, Hayward CA, 2012)