Zero Waste Advocacy - Help Wanted
ZWAC is currently understaffed to do all that needs doing. We need NCRA members to join this committee and take part in these important efforts. Meetings are few and far between as we communicate mostly by email, so you won't have another meeting to go to. If you are interested in joining or staying informed, email email@example.com and we will make sure to include you.
The Zero Waste Advocacy Committee (ZWAC) is NCRA's action arm to strive towards zero waste. We encourage communities to incorporate waste reduction, reuse, recycling, salvaging, and composting as the principle parts of their discard management systems. We advocate long-range policies that facilitate these practices. We try to rock the boat NCRA style.
Track legislation, primarily California State Senate and Assembly Bills, pertinent to recycling and discards management.
Assess, formulate and recommend policy positions on key California Legislature Bills.
Write letters to governing agencies to express support or opposition on matters of concern.
Join or bring legal action if warranted.
Collaborate with California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), Californians Against Waste (CAW), and other such organizations on common policy interests.
Be on alert for local community waste and recycling matters or important legal issues deserving of attention.
Expand campaigning and outreach for the NCRA positions.
Senate and Assembly Bills.
NCRA's support positions on current State Bills typically coincide with those stated by Californians Against Waste. To minimize duplication of effort, please click here for details. Any significant deviations from CAW's positions will be noted here. The following 3 bills have been passed by the Senate and Assembly, and signed into law by Governor Brown, September 2014. NRCA had written letters to Gov. Brown urging his signature for passage of each.
SB 270: Compromise bill that will ban single-use carryout plastic bags and charge a fee for other bags throughout California, starting July 1, 2015.
AB 1826: Requires commercial businesses to recycle 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week, starting Jan. 1, 2016, and generators of 4 yards per week, starting Jan 1, 2017.
AB 1594: Will disallow the current use of green waste as Alternative Daily Cover (ADC) in landfills, starting Jan 1, 2020.
The following bill remains in the legislature:
AB 1021: Provides financial assistance in the form of sales tax exemption on equipment purchases to businesses that process or utilized recycled feedstock. Support.
ZWAC Projects and Topics
The following first four priority projects have received the greatest interest among NCRA members in January 2014, followed by the remaining list of topics, and are awaiting committee formations:
Increased recycled content in consumer goods.
Extended producer responsibility (also known as Product Stewardship)
Keeping organics out of landfills (a/k/a KOOL campaign).
Every other week garbage collections (EOW).
Your help is crucial in getting traction on these important issues. If you are interested in joining or staying informed, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure to inform you of our next ZWAC meeting or project.
Thanks to all those who attended our First Ever Zero Food Waste Forum on Oct 16! If you missed it, Click here to learn more.
NCRA was also happy to support the Feeding the 5000 event in downtown Oakland on Oct 18! Click here to learn more.
NCRA is now active on Twitter @NCRARecycles & Instagram: ncrarecycles. Join the conversation for Zero Waste!
NCRA BOARD MEETING, THURS NOV 20, 1970 Broadway St 9th floor, Oakland, CA. Dinner at 5:30pm; Meeting at 6:30pm AGENDA
Join us for the very last NCRA board meeting of the year! Agenda to be posted here on the week of the meeting. Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend. Dinner is provided free to members and available for a small donation to non-members. There is still lots left to do in 2014 so please get involved! RSVP here if you are planning to attend as you will need further instruction to find us in the building.
The NCRA Board meets the third Thursday of the month - except in August and December.
Activities: Faustina Mututa, Chair and Jenny Cutter
Communications Committee: Portia Sinnott, Chair, Tomer Shapira and all of you.
Membership and Engagement: Jessica Connolly and Tomer Shapira, Co-Chairs
Zero Waste Advocacy: Arthur Boone, Chair; John Moore, David Tam, Doug Brooms, Ruth Abbe and Jessica Connolly
Zero Waste Youth Convergence: Jessica Connolly and Emmanuel Nava, Co-Chairs
NCRA supports many important organizations and projects in our industry. Below, you will find some of the organizations and projects your membership dollars have supported over the last few years:
The Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition
Californians Against Waste
Container Recycling Institute
Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance
Grassroots Recycling Network
The Story of Stuff
Zero Waste Brain Trust