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Introduction to Recycling Curriculum

Key Terms in Recycling
• Introductory Survey: What do you currently know about recycling
• Basic Terms: Three Rs, The IWM Hierarchy, and To Discard or to Dispose.


Basic Concepts in Recycling
• How the materials cycle got broken
• How we recognized our shortcomings
• Conceptualizing the future: hierarchy
• The failure of recycling’s competitors: landfills and incinerators



• Market share of competing ventures—how fast things change
• What’s available for recycling: 12 categories
• How recycling works: drop-off, buyback, curbside
• Processing mixed materials vs. source-separated recycling
• The five types of material sorting/processing facilities
• Encouraging source separation-type recycling: the four policy options
• Five meanings of source reduction
• Three levels/types of recycling
• Market development and recycled product procurement
• Forming new ventures: the six areas of activity
• Recycling’s role in climate change



Know Your Materials



• Hands-on demonstrations of basic market grades of materials: metal, glass, paper, plastic, wood, etc.

Equipment Slide Show
• Independent Learning: paper and video resources

R3CNLF (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost No Landfill)

John Moore, general counsel and board member for NCRA, writes: If the waste industry truly reconfigured itself to become a resource recovery industry dedicated to zero waste, could they do it better and more quickly than existing recyclers and would existing recyclers support it? There is no question that the two industries now compete for the same discard supply and that the wasters have the advantage in money, resources, and government contacts.

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 ncratours@gmail.com 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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Opportunities

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Classes

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 arboone3@gmail.com for details.

Workshops

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.

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YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT NCRA PROGRAMS

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 mckaughanlaura@gmail.com for more.

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