Annual Members Meeting! Thursday April 19th at StopWaste Office

Please join us for our annual meeting where we will brainstorm our focus for 2018.  Meeting will be held at the StopWaste office at 1537 Webster Street, Oakland 94612. Email us at ncrarecycles at gmail.com to RSVP, or with any questions you may have.

Tentative Agenda is as follows:

6:00pm Food and Group Sharing

6:30pm Annual Membership Address

7:00pm Group Activity: Priority-setting for committees

7:30pm Groups come back together for report out

7:45pm Screening of STRAWS with brief Q&A after

8:30pm Meeting adjourns & off to green drinks!

2018 Recycling Update – Speaker PDF Presentations

Thanks to our outstanding speakers at the Recycling Update Conference!

Video presentations are being edited and will be featured on our YouTube Channel when they are ready in mid-April, so please check back!

Ruth Abbe – Save the Albatross Zoe Heller – CalRecycle
David Allaway – Part 1 & 2 – Oregon Department of Environment Kevin Kumataka – San Francisco Green Business Program
Will Bakx – Sonoma Compost Michael Lok – Asian Health Services
Erin Cooke & Jennifer Acton – San Francisco Intl Airport Jack Macy – San Francisco Department of Environment
Sharon Daraphonhdeth – UC Berkeley Patrick Mathews – Salinas Valley Recycles
Ken DaRosa – CalRecycle Kelly McBee – CAW
Mikhail Davis – Interface Terry McDonald – St. Vincent de Paul
Jeff Denby – Renewal Workshop John Moore – Recycle Law
Tim Dewey-Mattia – Napa Recycling Kate O’Neill – UC Berkeley
Sara Fuentes – CIWA Kerry Parker & Samantha Sommer – City of Alameda and Clean Water Action
Hilary Gans – ABAG Jerame Renteria – Zanker
Adam Gendell – Sustainable Packaging Coalition Nicole Tai – GreenLynx
Iain Gulland – Zero Waste Scotland Monica Wilson – GAIA
Allie Lalor, Greg Dudish, Dennis Uyat, Alina Bekkerman – Zero Waste Youth International

Salvage Spring Fling – NCRA’s 40th Anniversary Party!

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Help the Northern California Recycling Association celebrate its 40th Anniversary in style in a celebration of reuse, recycling, and the magic of creation. Join us for an evening of dancing, food and refreshments at Ohmega Salvage, featuring the work of local Bay Area salvage and upcycling artists, who will be creating salvage art in real time and engaging attendees in their artistic process.

Free for NCRA members, a $15 donation requested of non-members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Mix and mingle with industry friends and newcomers. Help us celebrate 40 years of NCRA and imagine what the next 40 years may bring!

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Monthly Board Meeting This Thursday in Oakland–CANCELED

…CANCELED…

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RECYCLING ASSOCIATION

BOARD MEETING – THURS February 15, 2018

Location: John Moore’s Office, 1970 Broadway St, Oakland, CA 94612

Food served at 6 pm; meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Open to the public – all welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the NCRA Office if you wish to attend. Coming late? Let the office know so someone can be prepared to come down to let you in; the doorperson leaves at 6pm.

 

Alameda County Food Bank – Big Slices of the Food Recovery Pie

By NCRA Food Waste Reduction Committee
For our report, Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County, we documented the amount of surplus food that was rescued and distributed in Alameda County. We estimated that about 5.7 million pounds of surplus food that was generated within the county was redistributed to feed hungry people in Alameda County in 2016.

A major player is the Alameda County Community Food Bank. As we documented in our report, the Food Bank runs the grocery rescue or Food Recovery Program which matches grocery stores to agencies (like food pantries) that distribute the surplus food (like individually wrapped salads, sandwiches, produce and food staples). Over 3.6 million pounds of food from over 100 donors was redistributed through the grocery rescue program in 2016. This grew to over 4 million pounds in 2017.

Since we published our report in July 2017, we learned about other sources of surplus food obtained by the Food Bank.

The Food Bank receives donations from large manufacturers and retail distributors, some of which might otherwise have been disposed. The Local Donation Program from Distributors and Manufacturers accounts for over 25% of the food that they distribute. This compares to about 12% from the grocery rescue program.The Local Donation Program has grown by 2.2 million pounds over the last two years, with last fiscal year totaling 6.2 million pounds.  About 40% of this product is produce, and overall, it consists of a fair mix of dry goods, fresh bread/tortillas, fresh dairy, fresh juice, frozen product (meat, meals, etc.). The Food Bank works with about 20 donation partners throughout the county weekly, and averages about 630,000 pounds of surplus food redistributed per month.

About 45% of the food that the Food Bank distributes comes from the California Association of Food Banks Farm to Family Program which distributed 164 million pounds of surplus produce to 43 food banks statewide and partnered with more than 135 farmers to access 44 different crops (which might otherwise have been wasted or ploughed under). This surplus food is generated outside of Alameda County, but feeds hungry people in county and throughout the state.

Senate Bill 1383 requires local jurisdictions to up the ante on food rescue and ensure that 20% of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption in 2025. As the state identifies priorities for food rescue, it will need to consider the role of the large, traditional sources of surplus food (farms, manufacturers, and distributors) compared to the smaller, more difficult-to-address sources of surplus food (such as restaurants, schools, corporate cafeterias, and caterers).

Thank you Caroline Chow, Food Resource Development Coordinator, Alameda County Community Food Bank for contributing to this piece.