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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!!!


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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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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