From Out-Of-Touch To Up-To-Date In One Day!

Since 1996, the Northern California Recycling Association has been conducting annual one-day conferences that bring the best of what’s “new and different” in recycling and related fields. Considered one of the best conferences in the country, it often attracts more than 200 people from all over the region as well as folks from afar. Utilizing a turbo charged format, each speaker has 10 minutes to present and answer questions. During breaks and lunch there is plenty of time to ask questions and network. It is quite an experience! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Elihu Harris State Office Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, near the 14th Street BART Station 

Pre-registration closes at noon this coming Thursday, March 24:

NCRA members: $70 Non-members: $90 (meals included) (plus $5 PayPal charge) Join first and save $20! 

On-site Registration: Add $15 

Free admission for work-study students:  

To volunteer with meal setup and takedown email Board Member Teresa Bradley. 

To volunteer with registration email Board Member Arthur Boone

Email for registration questions and lite@sonic.netfor Sonoma County and Marin County carpooling opportunities. 


Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, “Varying Bangs for the Buck: PAYT, Credits, And Recyclebank.” 

Jan Sako, Campus California, “Options in Clothing Donations.” 

Julius Thomas, UCB grad student, “How the Washington DC Recycling Interns Program Made Me a Believer.” 

Paul Ledesma, City of San Jose, “Zero Waste and Watershed Protection: The City of San Jose’s Litter and Trash Reduction Strategy.” 

Dylan de Thomas, Managing Editor, Resource Recycling Magazine, Portland, OR, “What Looks Big from a National Perspective, or “How OR and WA are ahead of CA.” 

Rebecca Jewell, Recycling Program Manager, Waste Management Inc., “Davis Street Transfer Station’s Sixty Million Dollar Makeover.” 

Todd Sutton, Waste Sleuth Consulting, “Ten Reasons Why Plastics Recycling Drags.” 

Laurie Stoerkel, Jessica Robinson, and Robin Schidlowski, “Can Miss Alameda Promote Commercial Composting in the City of Alameda? Yes!” 

Alexa Kielty and Kevin Drew, San Francisco Department of Environment, “Zero Waste on Foreign Shores: Bogota, Beruit, and London.” 

Jeff Becarra, StopWaste.Org, “Ready, Set, Recycle Contest.” 

Patty Moore, Moore Recycling Associates, “Recent Development in Plastics Recycling in California.” 

Gary Liss, Gary Liss and Associates, “Flaws in the Draft Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations, and What We Can Do About It.” 

Gary Liss, Boardmember, Recycling Organizations of North America, “RONA’s Finding its Legs.” 

Ken Pianin, Solid Waste Manager, City of Fremont, “IWM Fee Trumps No Charge for Recycling” 

Richard Gertman, Cascadia Consulting, “Paying for Services by the Pound.” 

Portia Sinnott, MS+/LITE Initiatives, Sebastopol, “Happy Birthday Zero Waste Brain Trust.” 

Jacques Franco, BioEnergy Analyst, CalRecycle, “Anaerobic Digestion: A Survey of Planned Facilities.” 

Cliff Feldman, RethinkWaste/South Bayside Waste Management Authority, “Lessons Learned In Our Recent Roll-Out: Switching From Allied To Recology.” 

Alexa Kielty, San Francisco Department of Environment, “Our New Pharmaceutical Diversion Program.” 

Monica Wilson and Ananda Tan, GAIA, “GAIA’s Projects at Home and Around the World.” 

Teresa Bradley, Revolutionary Green Solutions, “Best Practices in Event Greening.” 

Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs, DART Container Corporation, “Advancements in Foam Recycling (aka Styrofoam).” 

Richard Gertman, Cascadia Consulting, “What’s Happening with the NRC?” 

Cara Gurney and Pauli Ojea, San Francisco Department of Environment, “Environment Now: Hiring and Supervising Personnel to Enforce Mandatory Recycling.” 

As before, Tom Padia of StopWaste.Org and Lisa Skumatz of Skumatz Economic Research Associates, will offer a reprise at the end of the day, reflecting on their fifty years in our industry and how things are changing.