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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.

Why NCRA? The Tours

The Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) gives FREE engaging and behind the scenes tours for small groups about several times a year to cutting-edge facilities and organizations in the Bay Area. Recent tours have included: Newby Island Resource Recovery Park, Urban Ore Ecopark, the Sunnyvale SMART Station and Altamont Landfill.

Why NCRA? Recycling Update

For 17 years now Recycling Update has brought together speakers who are doing programs that are new and different in discard materials management. Held in early Spring, it gives a yearly snapshot of best practices in discards materials management.

News Flash!!!

Thanks to all those who attended our First Ever Zero Food Waste Forum on Oct 16! If you missed it, Click here to learn more.

NCRA was also happy to support the Feeding the 5000 event in downtown Oakland on Oct 18! Click here to learn more.

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

Board Meetings


There will not be a board meeting open to the public in October as we will be hosting a closed training session for board members instead. Please come see join us at either the Zero Waste Food Forum on Oct 16th or the Feeding the 5000 event in Oakalnd on Oct 18th! We will be having our last board meeting of the year in November with no meeting in December.

Thanks to those who joined us last month at the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) for the screening of the documentary Clean Bin Project followed by the board meeting. Clean Bin 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. 

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

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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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