Conference Report: Presenting at the Northern California Recycling Association’s Annual Recycling Update

The Northern California Recycling Association facilitates coordination and collaboration among all thegroupd working on recycling and composting in the Bay Area.
The Northern California Recycling Association facilitates coordination and collaboration among all thegroupd working on recycling and composting in the Bay Area.

In the San Francisco area, as you can imagine, there are a lot of different organizations at work to make our lives more sustainable, including increasing our recycling and food scrap recovery rates. Being part of a group like the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) helps me, and Global Green, stay informed of what other groups are doing, find new partners for projects, and make sure that our work is coordinated with the many efforts of other tireless environmental organizations and agencies.

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at my first NCRA conference, their annual Recycling Update event. It’s a fast-paced day of back-to-back 10-minute presentations, each from a speaker who is working on crucial pieces of the resource recovery puzzle in the Northern California region. I was asked to present the preliminary results from phase 1 of our work at multi-family buildings in Albany, CA, where we worked with CoRR members Bag to Earth and Orbis Corporation to determine the diversion improvements from distributing equipment to and training tenants one-on-one about how to divert their food scraps. The findings from this project will help city agencies and waste haulers to prioritize their efforts to implement low-contamination, high-participation food scrap recovery programs with residents of multi-family buildings.

The other presentations throughout the day were absolutely fascinating, especially if you are a total recycling and composting nerd, such as yours truly. We heard about the launch of Zero Waste USA, the upcoming Feeding the 5000 event to be held in New York City later this year (following on last year’s Feeding the 5000 Oakland event), the Mattress Bounty Hunters program in Oakland, and many other exciting events.

Afterward, we enjoyed a happy hour with donated beer from a local zero-waste brewery. I just love the Bay Area!