RU 2023 Call For Papers Closed

Many of you are very familiar with the long track record and unique format of Recycling Update, the one-day conference produced annually by the Northern California Recycling Association since 1995. For the third time since its inception, NCRA has decided to create part of the 2023 program using a call for papers.

Original presentations on leading edge waste reduction, equity and environmental justice programs will be favored for inclusion on the program. All papers selected will need to be adapted into presentations not exceeding 10 minutes; your presentation will typically reach over 400 attendees – no panels or breakouts.

The call for papers is now open! it closes on November 23 at midnight.

To apply please complete this form.

For more information about the call or the conference, please review the FAQ  page before contacting the office.


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Randy Russell

Randy Russell, Member since 2012

After a decade as a NCRA member, I feel that it’s time for me to step up my involvement, deepen my commitment, and run for the Board! I am Randy Russell and as a Zero Waste consultant and contractor in the Bay Area for 10+ years, I’ve been fortunate in providing sustainable materials management services to a variety of public agencies and private businesses:

• CalRecycle’s waste tire management program, market analysis and outreach
• Architect firms with continuing education on recycled-content building projects
• Leading or supporting residential and commercial waste characterization projects in CA, MN, and WA
• StopWaste with waste minimization grants assistance
• Several cities with AB941, AB1826, and now SB1383 rollout
• Local C&D debris management ordinance development
• Third-party verification of recovery performance at C&D debris recovery facilities

My run for the Board isn’t just about the value that I think I could bring to the table, it’s also about the value that I receive from NCRA: strengthening relationships with friends and colleagues in the industry, reinvigoration towards our common goals, education and awareness of policy, industry practices, and current events. One of the proudest accomplishments in my adult life was in service to NCRA with the support to make a Prop 67 campaign video as well as serve as a member of the NCRA Players. If elected, I will bring enthusiasm, creativity, and a collaborative spirit! Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Jessica Jane Robinson, Incumbent

Jessica Jane Robinson, Incumbent, Member since 2012
I’ve been an NCRA member since 2012, serving as Vice President (4yrs), Treasurer (4yrs). Now serving as President, I would like to honor my mentors and past leaders of NCRA’s legacies while contributing my unique experiences, passions, and insight as an environmental advocate and community leader. My goal is to lead with my strengths and support the board and committees so they can shine in areas of their excellence while we can continue the history of helping pave the way for zero-waste. One passion I want to bring to my legacy as NCRA’s President will be to continue to engage youth in becoming leaders in waste reduction and sustainability and inspire them to become ZWUSA and NCRA members and leaders of the future.

Past accomplishments:
Spoke at the UN and represented as NCRA VP in 2019
NCRA was a sponsor for Earth Day SF 2019; our logo was on Muni buses when my superhero alias, Resilience, emcee.
ABC Channel 7 interviewed me as NCRA Vice President about Zero Waste in the Bay Area.
As Treasurer, I helped organize NCRA’s finances.
I advised NCRA to become the first sponsor of Girls Inc of the Island City’s youth’s annual Ethical Fashion Show.

Committees Served: Zero Waste Schools, Social Media, Executive Committee, Finance Committee

I hope to serve another term.