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By Bob Besso, Recycling & Waste Reduction Manager for Recology SF
NCRA has history! Its origins go back to the first Earth Day, and the roots of modern recycling. Some of the founders are still around and participating. NCRA is a great place to get an ecological perspective on recycling issues, which is not easy to find in the current waste diversion at all cost mindset.

Why NCRA? The NCRA News

You may already be familiar with the NCRA News – our monthly newsletter, containing thought-provoking articles, upcoming events and lots of original content that will help you stay on the cutting edge. Regular features include legislative updates, markets analysis, Sharing-from-Afar, and opinion pieces from our membership.

Why NCRA? It's the Road to Zero Waste

Since 1976 NCRA has been an association of people, mostly in the Bay Area of California, who question the dominant garbage-as-usual paradigm and who have worked diligently and cooperatively to provide facilities, systems, and concepts that allow the eight million people in our area to have maximum opportunities to divert all materials from landfills and incinerators and back into the stream of

News Flash!!!

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

Board Meetings

Board Meeting, April 17
Meet us in Oakland at the law office of Henn, Etzel and Moore on
Thursday, April 17 for a 6:00pm
dinner and sharings followed by the meeting at 7:00pm.

The address is 1970 Broadway,
Suite 950, Oakland, CA 94612 - near the 19th/Broadway BART station.

Planning to come late? Let a Board Director know in advance so they can
come down to let you in.

The NCRA Board meets the third Thursday of the month - except in August and December.


Who is NCRA?

Advocacy News

Zero Waste Needs Your Help - Click here to get involved.


Click here for development & job opportunities.


Our popular Intro to Recycling Class was held on March 24-26 at 401 Tunnel Ave in San Francisco. Please stay tuned for the next class!

Nature of Materials-Part Two: Reuse, Textiles, Ceramics, Chemicals, and Soils was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Francisco 9am - 4:45pm, 1455 Market St #1200. See our News Flash! for links to the presentations given by industry professionals.

NCRA's first ever Nature of Materials B class was held on Dec 3 at
the new headquarters for the San Francisco Department of the Environment
and featured presentations by industry professionals on textiles,
ceramics, soils, reuse and chemicals. For links to the presentations
given, pls click on the links below: register here:

Alexa Kielty, SF Department of Environment: Textiles

Nicole Tai, Reuse Alliance. Reuse in the 21st Century

Daven Stetson, St. Vincent dePaul Society of Lane County. Retail Reuse

Paul Burns, Fire Clay Tile Company. Ceramics and Clay

Chris L. Fisher, Green Works Environmental Services. Chemicals

Thanks to all those who attended and stay tuned for more classes like these!


Learn about jobs in recycling & waste reduction from leaders of the industry at NCRA Jobs in Recycling Workshops.

The next Jobs In Recycling Workshop - Haulers is November 5, 2013. Click here for details.

Workshop History, article reports and video.

Support NCRA


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 for more.

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