ZWW/Recycling Update


Tuesday, March 17, 2020  8am-4:30pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
             (Downtown Berkeley BART is two blocks away and there are several parking lots nearby.)

Early Bird registration is now open!

A limited number of discount tickets and scholarships to are available for volunteers, students and those in need of financial assistance.

The Recycling Update is THE event of the season for Northern California resource management professionals.  RU features 25 experts speaking on the spectrum of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot, as well as numerous networking opportunities, a delicious Zero Waste lunch and plenty of ideas to bring home to your community!

Often referred to as conference “speed dating,” speakers have only 10 minutes (plus a few minutes of Q&A) to let you know about the latest and greatest in waste reduction, high diversion, and Zero Waste. Attendees include municipal staff, service providers, consultants and activists as well as local, regional and state policy-makers and members of the media covering Sustainability, Zero Waste, Reuse, Recycling, Composting and Product Stewardship.







This year, as part of Zero Waste Week, we are also hosting the NATIONAL ZERO WASTE CONFERENCE in collaboration with the National Recycling Coalition. An exciting expanded program will be offered, spanning multiple days and locations plus trainings and tours!

Register today!
Early, early bird rate ends December 18.

Planning to go to RU and NZWC?
Register for RU first!
RU attendees receive a $55 discount – find the code and link at the end of your registration confirmation email.

 Thank you 2019 Recycling Update Sponsors!

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!

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2019 Recycling Update Program

2018 Recycling Update Program!

♥ 2020 Zero Waste Week Events ♥

Zero Waste Youth Convergence, March 14 & 15
Zero Waste USA Trainings, March 16 & 20
Recycling and Reuse Networking/Educational Event, Urban Ore, March 16, 7:30 – 9:30pm
NCRA Recycling Update, March 17, Freight & Salvage, followed by Green Drinks, Spats
National Zero Waste Conference, organized by the NRC, UC Berkeley, March 18 & 19
Dance Party,  March 18, evening (tentative)
Zero Waste Tours, March 16, 20, and/or 19 (tentative)
UC Berkeley CalPirg Teach-in, evening, March 19 (tentative)
Race To Zero Waste, March 21 (tentative)

♥ 2019 Zero Waste Week ♥

Zero Waste Youth USA will be hosting the 7th Annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence
“Downstream Pollution, Upstream Solutions” Conference,
Saturday, March 16, 9am – 4:30pm
at Laney College in Oakland. Early-bird tickets are on sale through March 1st for just $10. Register

Swap-o-Rama-Rama (SORR) at PLACE for Sustainable Living, Saturday, 3/16/19, 12-2pm

Swap-O-Rama-Rama gathers monthly to teach the community how to creatively reduce textile waste, recruit new volunteers and enjoy each others company and wisdom while helping the planet.  Bring $5 donation & bag of clean items to swap or repair.

Sunday, March 17, 10am – 2pm
Join Zero Waste Youth USA and All One Ocean for a beach clean up and brand audit at Ocean Beach!   We want to send a clear message to the corporations producing the single-use items and plastics that wash up on our shores—we demand biodegradable packaging or package-free alternatives now!A brand audit allows us to not only clean up the beach but also to put pressure on corporations to change by showcasing their brands as garbage on the beach.

Are you ready for an in-depth
Introduction To Zero Waste?
In cooperation with NCRA
Zero Waste USA
will present the very popular
Intro To Zero Waste Class
Monday, March 18, 9am-4pm
City of Fremont Development Services Center
Taught by Ruth Abbe and Portia Sinnott, $125 per person, group discounts and scholarships are available as needed. Register

Join NCRA in taking a micro and macro look at food recovery. Those that sign up for this ZWW evening event will be serving food (mostly recovered) to people in need, in addition to hearing about CityTeam Oakland and their efforts to utilize food donations and develop infrastructure for recovery. Monday, March 18, 5-7pm  Register and/or contact Hilary Near with any questions.

Our The Recycle, Compost, and Not Landfill Tour will explore two facilities: Mt. Diablo Recycling Center and Vision Recycling, Wednesday, 3/20/19, 9am-4pm, $25, includes transportation from Oakland to facilities and a light lunch – register today, only 25 spots available!

Sea Change: Plastic Straws to Local Laws exhibit, film screening and panel, David Brower Center, Wednesday, 3/20/19, 6:30-9:30pm

Visit the new Sea Change exhibit at the Brower Center and learn about grassroots change as
Plastic Pollution Coalition presents the STRAWS film and some short videos followed by a panel discussion about solutions to plastic pollution and the groundbreaking Berkeley Ordinance
– The Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance. The phased-in ordinance is focused on reduction and reuse.
Be part of an engaging conversation with the key players who created and led its groundbreaking

The Devil We Know Film and Panel Discussion, The New Parkway Oakland, Thursday, 3/21/19, 6:15-8:30pm

From cosmetics to ski wax, frying pans to waterproof jackets, take-out foodware to stain-resistant fabrics, Teflon-like chemicals are found in hundreds of consumer products — and now in the blood of nearly every American. We invite you to learn more about these chemicals so you can protect yourself and your family, and take action to demand protective policies and safer products. The Devil We Know is a documentary that was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Event Schedule:

6:15pm   Arrive early to claim your spot and to purchase delicious food and drink!

6:30pm   Screening Begins

8:00pm   Brief discussion about what you can do

RSVP and be sure to arrive by 6:15pm to claim your reserved spot. After 6:15pm, seats will be on a first come, first served basis during the screening.