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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

Why NCRA? Member Committees

NCRA has several committees that members can participate in. These committees advocate for Zero Waste, schedule tours, provides education and outreach, and manage the logistics and newsletter.

News Flash!!!


Sunday, September 14, 11am-2:30pm, Lake Temescal, Landvale Picnic Area, 6500 Broadway, North Oakland. Join us for a day in the sun with food, games & fun. Family, friends and dogs are welcome.

Free activities include delicious BBQ, Meditation, Bocce Ball, Croquet, Frisbee, Cornhole, Hiking & more!

NCRA will provide all food & drink – for members, Zero Waste Youth Convergence list members and folks under 19. $5.00 donation requested from non-members, adult family members and friends. No one is turned away from lack of funds. Need a ride? NCRA can help! Let us know when you RSVP. Please RSVP by Sunday, 9/7/14 to We look forward to seeing you there!

The First Ever Zero Food Waste Forum! Click here to learn more.

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

Board Meetings



Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) will host the Thursday, September 18 board meeting at its
offices on 21040 Marshall Street which is .7 mile from Castro Valley BART. The
meeting will begin at 5:00pm with the award winning documentary Clean
Bin Project
 which lasts for 75 minutes followed by the board meeting at 7pm. Clean Bin is a fun journey through the lives of Jen and Grant
as they aim for Zero Waste. It is the first documentary by Jen Rustemeyer and
Grant Baldwin, filmmakers of the food waste documentary Just Eat It, which will
be featured at the Zero Food Waste Forum on October 16th. 

If you plan to join us for the film and/or dinner, please RSVP by September 11 with
“NCRA September 18” in the subject line. Members are free; Non-members who take
part in the dinner will be asked to pay a donation of up to $7 for the food. Carpooling is encouraged. The best
bet is to arrange for someone to pick you up at BART. If you need help with
transportation, include a note with your RSVP. Directions from Oakland I- 580  Directions from Castro Valley BART

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

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


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Our popular Intro to Recycling Class will be held on October 27-29 at 401 Tunnel Ave in San Francisco. REGISTER NOW SPACE IS LIMITED!

This three day course will be held October 27-29, 2014 (Monday - Wednesday), 8:30am - 3:15pm Recology (SF Recycling and Disposal, Inc.) 401 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco (adjacent to Bayshore CALTRAIN Station) All the Basics: Terms, Concepts, Equipment, and Resources in San Francisco. Click here to register and for directions. Cost $45 for all materials - lunch not included. Scholarships are available for students! Contact for details.


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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