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Introduction to Recycling Curriculum

Key Terms in Recycling
• Introductory Survey: What do you currently know about recycling
• Basic Terms: Three Rs, The IWM Hierarchy, and To Discard or to Dispose.


Basic Concepts in Recycling
• How the materials cycle got broken
• How we recognized our shortcomings
• Conceptualizing the future: hierarchy
• The failure of recycling’s competitors: landfills and incinerators



• Market share of competing ventures—how fast things change
• What’s available for recycling: 12 categories
• How recycling works: drop-off, buyback, curbside
• Processing mixed materials vs. source-separated recycling
• The five types of material sorting/processing facilities
• Encouraging source separation-type recycling: the four policy options
• Five meanings of source reduction
• Three levels/types of recycling
• Market development and recycled product procurement
• Forming new ventures: the six areas of activity
• Recycling’s role in climate change



Know Your Materials



• Hands-on demonstrations of basic market grades of materials: metal, glass, paper, plastic, wood, etc.

Equipment Slide Show
• Independent Learning: paper and video resources

R3CNLF (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost No Landfill)

John Moore, general counsel and board member for NCRA, writes: If the waste industry truly reconfigured itself to become a resource recovery industry dedicated to zero waste, could they do it better and more quickly than existing recyclers and would existing recyclers support it? There is no question that the two industries now compete for the same discard supply and that the wasters have the advantage in money, resources, and government contacts.

News Flash!!!

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 ncra@ncrarecycles.org by January 9 if planning to attend.

 

NCRA is now active on Twitter @NCRARecycles & Instagram: ncrarecycles. Join the conversation for Zero Waste!

Board Meetings

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.

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Classes

Our popular Intro to Recycling Class was held on October 27-29 at 401 Tunnel Ave in San Francisco. Thanks to all those who attended
This three day course focused on the All the Basics: Terms, Concepts, Equipment, and Resources in the greater Bay Area. It's a valuable tool for those new to the industry or for those looking to implement more effective waste diversion campaigns in their towns. The course will be offered again in the Spring, typically in March. Please check back to our web site for more details!

Support NCRA

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT NCRA PROGRAMS

Wish there was MORE you could do than just be a member of NCRA? Donations to suppport NCRA Programs are always welcome. Please contact NCRA President Laura McKaughan at mckaughanlaura@gmail.com for more.

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