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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and we will make sure to inform you of our next ZWAC meeting or project.
ANNUAL MEETING, THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 6-8:30PM, OAKLAND
Join NCRA for our Annual Members Meeting and State of NCRA Address on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at StopWaste.Org, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612. We will start at 6pm - with food and sharing, and end by 8:30pm. To get there from 12th Street City Center BART, walk three blocks north on Broadway and three blocks north of 12th Street City Center BART. Directions PLEASE RSVP!
Please plan to attend this very important meeting at which we set the agenda for the coming year. We will review what we accomplished over the past year as well as what we have set out for the upcoming year. Newly elected members of the board will be announced. The meeting promises to be interactive and the conversation lively. Help us shape NCRA's priorities for the upcoming year and don't forget your networking shoes because you will be meeting new people! Dinner is provided to all members who RSVP. Non-members are also welcome to attend and a small donation will be requested for any non-members who would like to eat. An agenda for the meeting will be posted to the web site in early January. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 9 if planning to attend.
NCRA is now active on Twitter @NCRARecycles & Instagram: ncrarecycles. Join the conversation for Zero Waste!
ANNUAL MEETING, THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 6-8:30PM, OAKLAND (AGENDA TO BE POSTED HERE by Jan 11)
Join NCRA for our Annual Members Meeting and State of NCRA Address on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at StopWaste.Org, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612. We will start at 6pm - with food and sharing, and end by 8:30pm. To get there from 12th Street City Center BART, walk three blocks north on Broadway and three blocks north of 12th Street City Center BART. Directions
And in February:
NCRA BOARD MEETING, FEBRUARY 19
Meet us in Oakland at the law offices of Henn, Etzel and Moore on Thursday, February 19, 2015 for a 5:30pm dinner followed by the meeting at 6pm. The address is 1970 Broadway, Suite 950, Oakland, CA 94612 - near the 19th/Broadway BART station. Planning to come late? Let a board member know in advance so someone can come down to let you in. Directions
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