California Events

We're pleased to share news, grants, educational events and opportunities offered by our Technical Councils and industry partners:


May 2020:


Rapid Debrief Webinar Series: Recycled Market Development- Trends, Resources, Actions: During and Post Corona 

 - Resources for Recovered Materials Manufacturers (May 13, 11AM): Overview of California and National Landscape featuring Manuel Medrano, President, CA Recycling Market Development Zone; Environmental Services Manager, City of Chula Vista. Review the Presentation.

 - Market Trends and Actions (June 2, 11AM): State of Material Supply Chains and Learning’s from South Carolina Recycling Market Program Corona Response featuring Chantal Fryer, Senior Manager, Recycling Market Development at Department of Commerce & Will Sagar, Executive Director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council. RSVP.

 - Upcycling Startups (June 17, 11AM): Maintaining and Furthering Corporate Pilot Partnerships and Funding featuring John Felts, CEO and Co-Founder, Cruz Foam. RSVP

 - Evolving Fiber Markets and Expanding Carton Recycling Access for Municipalities (July 8, 10AM) featuring Scott Bryne, Market Sustainability Manager US/Canada, Tetra Pak Inc. RSVP.


Through May 31st, submit an application for the CRRA Membership Scholarship!

Scholarship recipients will receive discounted memberships to CRRA, including access to all the benefits and discounts of membership. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who show evidence of a commitment to advocate for the Earth’s natural systems through their professional and personal endeavors in the Zero Waste industry.
Visit website for more information.


May the 4Rs Be With You Social Media Contest

Showcase how you use the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot) or come up with your own (R) actions to inspire others. Deadline for submission is May 31st. 
Winners announced June 4, 2020.


June 2020:


Zero Waste Principles and Practices Certification Course - June 1-5, 2020

The Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course is a joint undertaking of SWANA and the California Resource Recovery Association. This is a professional development course that will certify professionals in Zero Waste Principles and Practices throughout North America.

The online course is four (4) hours a day for five (5) consecutive days via GOTOMEETING, 8AM - 12PM. 

Register, space is limited.


Grant Webinars: June 2 and 4, 2020

Register for the webinar on June 2nd, which will help those seeking to apply for the grant: EPA Supporting Anaerobic Digestion in Communities. Go to July for grant deadline and link.

Register for the webinar on June 4th, which will help those seeking to apply for the grant: Urban Cooperative Agreement Food Waste Reduction and Composting Project. Go to June 26 for grant deadline and link.


Save the Earth like a Boss: Webinar on Recycling - Now July 8, 2020

The focus of this webinar is increasing demand for products using recycled materials. Net Your Problem is working to develop and implement fishing gear recycling programs and promoting circular economy concepts in general. Brands can learn from companies that create products from recycled materials and contribute to creating a sustainable, efficient and effective recycling system
Register for this webinar that starts at 1 PM.


Home Composting Workshops - Climate Champion Series

Learn about recycling, composting, and climate-positive gardening as actions you can take at home to combat climate change. Each free workshop can be attended alone or in a series: 

- Recycle Right: June 6, 10AM to 12PM 

- Home Composting: June 13, 10AM to 12PM

- Gardening Against Climate Change: June 20, 10AM to 12PM


Indiana Recycling Coalition’s Virtual Conference - June 8-12, 2020

Integrated Waste Management: the Circular Economy and the Complexities of Wastes

Included Keynote Speaker: Dr Eugene Tseng from UCLA

Register to participate in the two live afternoon sessions over the five day virtual conference. Ticket prices vary including an option to participate in only three sessions. 


Fight Plastic Pollution: Petition through June 19, 2020

Plastics Free CA is a ballot initiative for the 2022 Election - an effort organized by the people of California to impact change. Signature gathering was on a great roll, but due to the current Shelter-In-Place Orders, the campaign managers are estimating they are about 40 - 50,000 signatures short. They are accepting signature pages through June 19, 2020. (The state won't accept electronic signatures. The petition can be printed double-sided.)


Webinar: Ocean Litter Strategy Implementation - June 24 & 25

The Ocean Protection Agency will host a webinar that will not be an all-day event on both days; they will provide an update on the schedule and agenda soon.

The corresponding workshop at the Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion in Los Angeles has been postedponed until later in 2020. 


Funding Opportunity: Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) Project

These cooperative agreements will support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Available funding of $900,000 estimated total, with individual grant awards in the anticipate range of $45,000 – 90,000.

Submit an Application by the Closing Date: June 26, 2020


July 2020: 


EPA Seeks Public Comments on Green Purchasing Guidelines - Submission Deadline: July 6, 2020

Since 1995, EPA has designated 61 items made from recovered materials in eight product categories to stimulate the demand for products made with reused and recycled materials.

EPA is requesting comments on whether the right products are on the list (last update was made in 2007); if any should be added, deleted or modified; and whether the current reused and recycled content recommendations and procurement specifications are appropriate.


Funding Opportunity: EPA Supporting Anaerobic Digestion in Communities

EPA is seeking applications to accelerate the development of new or enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States. Available funding to provide 10 to 40 cooperative agreements and individual grant awards in the anticipate range of $50,000-$300,000.

Submit an Application by the Closing Date: July 14, 2020


August 2020:


CRRA 44th Annual Conference & Trade Show - August 16-19, 2020 

Each year, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. CRRA is well known for its training and educational offerings since the early 1970s. The Annual Conference and Tradeshow attracts over 600 individuals annually and showcases more than 30 sessions each year with over 100 industry experts as presenters.
Plenaries, general sessions, exhibitors, topic lunches, entertainment, and even tours! As we move forward though, we would appreciate your input. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.
CRRA takes the leap and goes virtual and registration is now open, Early Bird Rates are available through July 3, 2020!


Sustainable Brands 2020, Long Beach - Rescheduled to November 30 -  December 3 

Join the Sustainable Brands community at their annual flagship conference SB’20 Long Beach at the Long Beach Convention Center, to learn the latest developments in sustainable business and to meet the leaders behind the movement. 

More than 250 influential leaders will host interactive discussions, breakout sessions, keynote presentations, deep-dive workshops, and networking activities throughout the week. The four-day program encourages participants to collaborate around planned activities supporting insight and understanding of regenerative systems and how to build them while delivering healthy business growth.

Register for the conference, prices increase on March 22nd. Special rates are available for Groups (4 for 3), NGO, Non-Profit, Government, Educational, and Students, or access the Innovation Expo for $49.


NCRA Recycling Update

As of 3/10, Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) has decided to postpone RU2020 and the other Zero Waste Week Events until September/October.  They will have revised dates soon. 

NRC Zero Waste Conference

National Recycling Coalition (NRC), in line with the University’s announcement and in the interest of public health, is suspending the in-person National Zero Waste Conference scheduled for next week. They are no longer planning an "in-person" meeting and organizers are researching alternatives. Further details will be coming soon and we invite you to visit the site for news and updates.

Zero Waste Education Opportunities

As part of the NRC’s suspension of the National Zero Waste Conference, we are working to provide some of the content of the Conference to registered attendees online to provide support for you as you strive for Zero Waste.  Below are some related Zero Waste education opportunities for you.  Almost half of the speakers on the Container Deposit Laws Livestream were going to speak at the NRC National Zero Waste Conference.  If you would like to meet people virtually who registered for the Conference to still build our Zero Waste network, please sign up to be on the Attendees List for the conference, which will be provided to all registrants.

Recorded Livestream: Best Practices in Container Deposit Laws - Monday, March 16, 2020 (9 am-3 pm PST)

Livestream this gathering of international experts to learn about best practices to guide the development of and changes to beverage container deposit legislation. This Livestream is being offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of Container Recycling Institute (CRI) sponsor Re-Fold. This livestream will be recorded and available following the event, including slideshows.
Susan V. Collins, President of CRI, will be joined by several panels of experts and moderators including the following speakers who were going to speak at the National Zero Waste Conference::
  • Clarissa Morawski, CEO, Reloop Platform, Barcelona, Spain
  • Kate Bailey, Program Director, Eco-Cycle
  • Kirstie Pecci, Senior Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Martin Bourque, Executive Director, Ecology Center
  • Mandi McKay, Sustainability Director, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Joseph Button, Director of Sustainability, Straus Family Creamery


2020 Used Oil/HHW Training and Symposium

As of 3/12, the 2020 Used Oil/HHW Training and Symposium has been postponed due to conditions stemming from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Postponing the Training and Symposium allows members of our community to focus on supporting their own organizations and communities during this unprecedented period of disruption and uncertainty.
As soon as a new date is determined for the Training and Symposium, we will update our website and send out an announcement.


BioCycle Connect West 2020

As of 3/12, the conference is cancelled/postponed following statewide limitation on large gatherings. We are investigating offering conference sessions and Deep Dives virtually. Thank you for your support and patience as we all navigate this difficult time together.


Notice of Funds Available: Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program (2019-20)

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities for California local government and recycling center operators to improve redemption opportunities for eligible beverage containers and increase recycling rates in unserved convenience zones statewide.
Applications to be submitted through January 1, 2022. 


Request for Proposals: Recycled Materials Market Development

MRC is searching for creative and innovative proposals to develop hard-to-recycle mattress components in new or reformulated applications and/or products.
This is an open-ended request for proposals. Therefore, prospective researchers are free to submit preproposal applications any time during the 2020 calendar year. If the project is selected to move beyond
the pre-proposal phase, research teams will be asked to submit a full proposal within 6 weeks after
notification. All projects must be completed within one year of research contract execution.
Learn more on their website.


California Drug Take-back Program

The California Drug Take-Back Program is funded by California Department of Health Care Services' MAT Expansion Project and developed and administered in partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council.  The program's goal is to increase the disposal of unwanted medicines across the state of California. Collection bins will be placed throughout the state for the express purpose of disposing unwanted medicines.  This program will expand options for the public to safely discard unwanted medicines with a statewide network of take-back receptacles (bins).

Applications are now being accepted for free bins with paid disposal through August 2020. The program also includes professional installation of the bin in your facility.  The bins can remain on the property of the host location beyond the duration of the grant. Pharmacies, hospitals, and law enforcement departments interested in participating in this program and receiving a free bin may complete the application here.

Bins can accept both controlled and non-controlled medications for people and pets. They will be placed across California at Drug Enforcement Agency-approved locations, including California-licensed pharmacies, hospitals with pharmacies, and law enforcement departments. Grant funds will cover the cost of the drug take-back bins, professional installation of the bins, disposal services through August 2020, technical assistance, and promotion of the bin location throughout the duration of the project.