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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.

Why NCRA? Educational Opportunities

Since 1994 and usually offered in March and September, Introduction to Recycling provides a great background for a career in the field. Introducing trade terms, history, law, practice, current issues and many of the technical problems the recycling industry faces, this course is a must have.

News Flash!!!

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

Board Meeting, July 17, Tour of Berkeley Transfer Station, Dinner and Board Meeting at the Ecology Center, and Special Board Meeting Featuring Nick Lapis of CAW
Tour 4-5pm (Berkeley Transfer Station), Dinner/Board Meeting (Ecology Center), 5:15-8:00pm, RSVP Here

Join us for a tour of the Berkeley Transfer Station on Thrusday, July 17 from 4-5pm at 1201 Second Street - just off the Gilman Street I-80 freeway exit in Berkeley. The transfer station accepts Refuse, Construction & Demolition Debris, Yard Waste and Recyclables. Tour space is limited. The monthy Board meeting and dinner will take place at the Ecology Center starting at 5:15. If you plan to join us for this tour/or dinner, please RSVP to Faustina Mututa at with "NCRA July 17" in the subject line. Directions

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

July Agenda

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Advocacy News

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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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