Election Results for 2022 – 2023 Term

Congratulations David Krueger, Tim Dewey-Mattia and Susan Blachman for being re-elected to the 2022 – 2023 NCRA Board of Directors! Welcome Bailey Hall, Devin Jackson and Freddy Coronado! The new Board will be seated at the January 2022 meeting and introduced at Recycling Update and in the NCRA newsletter.

There were 245 eligible voters and 85 members voted, for a turnout of 34.7%.  The results were certified by SimplyVoting. See image below for additional details.

Thank you Alexandra Bradley, Kerry Parker and Portia Sinnott for your time on the board. We will surely miss you! Also, thanks to Laura McKaughan and Lori Marra for serving as the Elections Committee.

Thank you all for stepping up to lead NCRA!

ZWAC Show: Rick Anthony & Joanne Rodriguez of Mycocycle, 12/14

By John Moore, ZWAC Co-Chair

Every month, Northern California Recycling Association’s Zero Waste Advocacy Committee Show highlights cutting edge people and topics about recovering resources and saving the planet.

On December 14th, starting at 5:30pm PT we will first have a reading from the Recycling Archives of one of California’s true recycling founders, Rick Anthony of Zero Waste San Diego. Rick will be on hand to answer questions.

Then we will ask, “What’s the potential for fungi to turn waste into resources and nurture the soil to help climate change?” We’ll throw in a little geologic history along the way.

65 million years ago an asteroid destroyed most of the living world. But not all. Filling the void to compost the rotting carbon, pull pollutants from the air, build the soil and nurture the greenscape that makes Earth habitable today, was Fungi. To get the full picture of the potential of fungi, we will first watch a 2008 TED talk by Paul Stamets, who wrote the groundbreaking Mycellium Running in 2005.

In the 2008 TED talk, Stamets, who is not a trained scientist, discussed the then-current use of fungi to remediate oil spills, and touted the potential of fungi to cure viruses (!!), sequester carbon, and process plastic litter. He also spoke of his desire to patent certain fungi. After the TED talk I will interview Joanne Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Mycocyle of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and discuss how much of Stamets’ technological hope has come to fruition in the last 13 years, and the current state of mycoremediation as a technology and as a business. I hope you can join us!

Agenda
5pm – Cocktails and sharing- a NCRA tradition
5:30pm sharp – Recycling Archives reading with Rick Anthony
6ish – TED talk of Paul Stamets
6:20ish – Interview with Joanne Rodriguez of Mycocycle
7ish – Open Forum

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5 Stars: Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition & NCRA 2021

By Doug Brooms, Board Member & Co-Chair Zero Waste Advocacy Committee

In the NCRA eNews October edition, it was reported that Governor Newsom had passed 13 of 14 Bills which NCRA supported. This had been a greater number of NCRA supported Bills passed than in any prior Legislative Session, dating back to 2013. This had been remarkable, given the pale imposed by Covid-19.

Of these 13 Bills, 7 had been presented as a package of Circular Economy Bills, and “wrangled” through the Legislature under the auspices of EcoConsult and the Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition (CSLC).

2021 is the second year that NCRA has been a subscribing member of the CSLC, along with ten other notable state and national environmental advocacy organizations. CSLC is a sponsor of two Bills, AB 962 and AB 1276.

EcoConsult is one of a small cadre of environmental lobby firms, and far out numbered and out spent by industry lobbyists who represent businesses more committed to preserving the status quo. Genevieve Abedon has been our voice at the table in Sacramento, “waste deep in sausage making”, in negotiating with industry advocates towards reaching Bill language compromises. Every two weeks via Zoom, she kept CSLC members engaged and apprised on usually confidential deliberations with stakeholders to remove or avert oppositions. CSLC members also contributed to shaping state Bills language, based upon their ongoing experiences with newly minted pertinent city and county ordinances.

Perhaps as testament to the Coalition’s strategy effectiveness, each of the following first four numbered Bills had ultimately “sailed” through the Assembly and Senate Floors without any “NO” votes, and the subsequent 3 Bills with relatively minor oppositions. The below numbers in parentheses are Senate and Assembly Floor Votes, AYES and NOES respectively, not including the Abstentions (No Vote Recorded).

AB 818  Premoistened Nonwoven Disposable Wipes. (39-0, 76-0)

Provides standardized labeling for single-use wet wipes to clearly identify what products are NOT safe to flush.

AB 881  Plastic Waste: Diversion: Recycling: Export. (37-0, 78-0)

Prohibits mixed plastic exports from being counted as “recycled” towards state waste reduction and recycling metrics.

AB 962  Reusable Beverage Containers. (38-0, 77-0)

Allows returnable glass beverage bottles to be cleaned and refilled, versus being crushed to count as recycled.

AB 1200  Plant-based Food Packaging & Cookware: Hazardous Chemicals. (36-0, 60-0)

Prohibits the sale of paper-based food packaging containing PFAS, and prohibits deceptive advertising to avoid disclosure of such toxic chemicals in cookware.

AB 1201  Plastic Products Labeling: Compostability and Biodegradability. (32-2, 79-0)

Prohibits any plastic products containing PFAS from being deceptively labeled as compostable or biodegradable.

AB 1276  Single-use Foodware Accessories and Condiments. (28-10, 58-15)

Provides that single-use foodware and condiments may be given to takeout customers ONLY upon request.

SB 343  Environmental Advertising: Recycling Symbol. (29-7, 50-3)

Will disallow manufacturers from imprinting the “chasing arrows” recycling symbol on plastic items that aren’t actually recyclable.

From my perspective, NCRA’s teaming with CSLC and EcoConsult has been a welcomed relationship. There had been only one instance in which NCRA support had not aligned with AB 1454. Thus, leaving the grunt work to the experts has allowed me more time to attend to CalRecycle’s Priority Bills and to pursue other proposals. Based upon my observations and evaluation, I would rate EcoConsult 5 Stars. Having a proven champion for the environment, for a relatively modest investment, helps to level the playing field in achieving pro-sustainability legislative outcomes.

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Come to the Fall Gathering

RECYCLING UPDATE 2021
POSTPONED TO MARCH 2022!

Come to the 10/21 Zooooom Membership Meeting instead!

S P E C I A L   M E M B E R S H I P   M E E T I N G
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
6:30 – 8:30PM
With special guests and songs!
Costumes welcome!

Contact the office for the Zoom Invite!
All welcome! Do not need to be a member to attend!

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Proposed Agenda

6:30pm          Introductions
7:00pm          Legislative Update
7:10pm          Zero Waste Schools Committee update plus Speaker
7:25pm          Sing-along!
7:45pm          Zero Food Waste Committee update plus David Hott, Director Of Operations, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, San Jose CA
8:00pm          Open Discussion

Status of NCRA Supported Bills, 2021

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 the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition (2)
AB 818 Bloom D Solid waste: premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes.
AB 1200 Ting D Plant-based food packaging: cookware: hazardous chemicals.

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:

Both CSLC and CalRecycle (2)
AB 478 Ting D Solid waste: thermoform containers: minimum recycled content.
AB 1201 Ting D Solid waste: plastic products: labeling: compostability and biodegradability

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.