California Events

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


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. Review the Presenations from Chantal and Will.

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

 - Evolving Fiber Markets and Expanding Carton Recycling Access for Municipalities (July 8, 10AM) featuring Scott Bryne, Market Sustainability Manager US/Canada, Tetra Pak Inc. and Chaz Miller, Former Director of Policy at the National Waste and Recycling Association. Review the Presenation from Chaz.

- Glass Recycling in Today’s Market (July 22, 10AM): discussing the state of the glass recycling market including collection, end markets, and post Corona trends and challenges. RSVP.


Beyond Recycling: The Other "R's" Webinar Follow-Up

-RethinkWaste and Recology San Mateo County held a webinar on June 30, 2020. Their page provides the webinar recording, presentation slides, links to more resources, and all of the questions submitted. 


CEC Webinar Series: Plastics

The Community Environmental Council is providing a series on plastic. Their page provides the webinar recordings, presentation slides and links to more resources.

- Eating, Drinking and Breathing Plastic from July 8, 2020

- Upcoming Webinar: Getting Real About Plastic and Recycling on July 29, 2020


July 2020: 


Funding Opportunity: Reuse Grant Program (Details will be posted in July)

CalRecycle offers grant programs to provide financial assistance to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to Public Resource Code section 42999. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding and improving waste diversion in California through reuse.

For more information visit the website.


Plastic Free July Solutions Salon - July 25, 2020

The Ecology Center has tips anda tricks for plastic-free living. From grocery shopping, personal care to reuse programs, sustainable fashion, and gardening. Learn it all at their free event.
RSVP for the event starting at 11AM. 


Impact of Covid-19 on Waste and Recycling Markets - July 27, 2020

Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition's Environmental Health Working Group with a panel of experts discussing the impacts on waste production and management, and bet sustainable practices for waste reduction.

RSVP for the webinar from 5PM to 6PM.


Virtual Recycle Camp - July 27-31, 2020

Join Riverside County Department of Waste Resources for a free virtual recycle camp for children ages 5 to 12. Cyber cambers learn the importance of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle through a variety of fun activities. 

Register your children for Recycle Camp, limited slots available.


Webinar: Virtual Compost Workshop - July 28, 2020

Join Long Beach Recycles in their free virtual compost class, whether you're a beginner gardener or an experienced green thumb.

Email to register for the webinar starting at 12PM.


Webinar: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and the AIR Program - July 29, 2020

Join the Recology Artist in Residence and Educational Tour Program for a look at the history of Recology, their current programs and activities, and how they use art as a catalyst for change.
Register for the free webinar starting at 10:30AM.


Webinar: Getting Real About Plastic and Recycling - July 29, 2020

Join the Community Environmental Council (CEC) at their Plastics and Recycling Webinar to learn about updates to the plastic film collection program by Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners and Tailors and the dos and don'ts for blue recycling bins.
Register for the free webinar starting at 11:30AM.


Virtual Screening and Discussion: Creating a Plastic Free Future - July 30, 2020

Watch The Story of Plastic at home, then join the Ecology Center for a Plastic-Free July panel discussion of the film. Expert panelists will discuss moving beyond the problem of the plastics crisis and instead focusing on opportunities and strategies towards solutions!

RSVP for the panel discussion starting at 6PM


Commission Meetings: Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling - July 31, 2020

The Labeling and Media Committee will meet from 12PM to 2PM

The Recycling Committee will meet from 2PM to 4PM

Note: The New Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling will develop police recommendations to help clean up the recycling stream and strengthen markets for recyclable materials.


Petition: Plastic Free California - Extended to August 31

Join Californians Agasint Waste and help put the California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act on the 2022 ballot!
Instructions and links to print, sign, and mail petitions are available through California Must Lead.


August 2020:


Home Composting Workshops - August 1, 2020

Join San Mateo County (SMC) Sustainability in their workshop to learn why and how to build a backyard compost pile. Register for the workshop starting at 11:30AM via Zoom.

Join Riverside County Department of Waste Resources in their composting and vermicomposting classes. RSVP for either class starting at 9AM and 11AM, respectively. 


Webinar: Textile Recovery: Taking Action to Create Circularity - August 4, 2020

Join Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) and a few of our industry friends to discuss current textile reuse/recovery and action items we need to take right now to improve the system.
Register for the webinar starting at 9AM PST.


Commission Meetings: Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling

The Organics Committee will meet from 12PM to 2PM on August 3, 2020
The Market Development Committee will meet from 3PM to 5PM on August 3, 2020
Biweekly Commission Meeting will meet from 8:30AM to 12:30PM on August 5, 2020

Note: The New Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling will develop police recommendations to help clean up the recycling stream and strengthen markets for recyclable materials.


Online Conference: 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, last day to register is August 7, 2020!
Program is now available!


Online Conference: Circularity: Accelerating the Circular Economy - August 25-27, 2020

The Circular Economy is transformational, disruptive, regenerative & will create opportunities at every part of the economic spectrum. Join 10,000+ leaders for the complimentary Circularity 20 online event.


Webinar on Improving Roadside Revegetation and Stormwater Quality with Compost-Based BMPs - August 26-27, 2020

Caltrans, in partnership with CalRecycle, is is presenting two half-day workshops on August 26-27 that focus on the use of compost-based best management practices (BMPs) to improve roadside revegetation, control erosion, filter stormwater, reduce runoff, and improve stormwater quality.  In addition to rolling out innovative methods of improving water quality, these workshops will provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions of a diverse team of experts. The workshop team consists of University professionals, researchers, soil scientists, California compost industry professionals, Caltrans landscape architects, and other subject matter experts. 
These workshops are only available by webinar and there are no fees for participating. Register for the webinars at 9AM both days. 


Funding Opportunity: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program - Deadline, August 28, 2020

The EPA is offering a program that engages small businesses (under 500 employees) in federal research and development in Sustainable Materials Management topics.
  • Innovative technologies that prevent food waste
  • Safe building deconstruction tools or safety equipment
  • Technologies that will improve the US recycling system
  • Building materials that improve energy efficiency and have reduced embodied impacts
  • New applications for industrial non-hazardous secondary materials and food processing byproducts

Follow the detailed instructions on their site to access solicitation.


Vermicomposting Workshop - August 29, 2020

Join San Mateo County (SMC) Sustainability in their workshop to learn why and how to start composting with live worms.
Register for the workshop starting at 11:30AM via Zoom.


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.