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.


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


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.


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.