California Events

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



GAIA's #BeyondRecovery Series

GAIA is pleased to announce that the GAIA's global study Zero Waste and Economic Recovery: The Job Creation Potential of Zero Waste Solutions finds that zero waste creates the most jobs of any waste management approach--200x more than landfills and incinerators!

Zero waste systems not only create more jobs, they create better jobs. Studies show that jobs in zero waste go beyond basic manual labor, provide higher wages, offer more permanent positions and improve quality of life. Zero waste systems are an essential part of a just transition, where those impacted by waste pollution are the first to recieve the benefits of gainful zero waste employment. 

Let's stop throwing away the chance to create thousands of good jobs. It's time for our leaders to invest in solutions that work for us and our planet.


Bin There, Learned That-- Networking Event on Waste Bin Infrastructure Wednesday October 27, 2:00-3:00 EST

This event will host solutions on how to revamp waste bin infrastructure. This program will be exclusively organized around discussion groups and participants will move around Zoom breakout groups to share their challenges, lessons learned, resourcing, and networking.

To learn more about this event and to register, please visit HERE


CalRecycle SB 1383 (Organics Recycling) Recordkeeping Webinars Oct. 26 & 27, 2021

These webinars will cover local government recordkeeping requirements under California SB 1383 which establishes new organic waste collection and recycling programs, food recovery programs, and requirements for jurisdictions to procure recycled organic products like compost and renewable gas. These activities are a coordinated effort to reduce the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfills by 75 percent by 2025, an action that will greatly reduce the impact of climate change on Californians today and for future generations.

Oct. 26 (10:00-11:30 AM) SB 1383 Recycling and Disposal Reporting System (RDRS) Reporting Requirements Webinar
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Oct. 27 (10:00-11:00 AM) SB 1383 Model Implementation Record Tools
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Carton Council of North America Community Education Award Promotion

We are excited to announce that the Carton Council is launching their Community Education Award program, which will be awarding $2,000 each to up to 25 communities across the country for their work in educating residents about recycling, with special attention paid to food and beverage cartons.

Any eligible entry that wishes to participate should confirm that food and beverage cartons are accepted in their program and then sign up to participate by May 14, 2021 by filling out the form here. The actual submission is due November 17, 2021 to give entities time to execute their communication plans.



California Bioresources Alliance Symposium November 18-19, 2021 (Virtually 9am-5pm)

Annual symposium focusing on use of bioresources in California. Join colleagues involved in manures, biosolids, food waste, green waste, agriculture residues, and woody wastes to work on best strategies and options for organic residues in California!

Symposium Background Information HERE.


National Zero Waste Conference Call for Papers (June 1st) & Save the Date of December 8-9, 2021

The National Zero Waste Virtual Conference is a two-day is an educational and networking event organized by the National Recycling Coalition and Zero Waste USA.

Submit your presentation proposal by June 1st and register to attend HERE


Notice of Funds Available: Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program 

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.