2022 Conference



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 Trade Show attracts over 600 individuals annually and showcases an estimated 30 sessions each year with over 100 industry experts as presenters.

This year's event will be a HYBRID, available live as well as online via streaming. All speakers will be presenting live from Oceanside. Attendees cannot attend both "virtual" and "live" though, one registration type per registrant.

**COVID-19 proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours before date of attendance is required for all attendees in Oceanside.


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Keynote speakers for Day 1 (Wednesday)

Our morning will start with a brief presentation by Rachel Machi Wagoner, who is the Director of CalRecycle. Director Wagoner comes to CalRecycle with a lifelong passion for environmental protection and more than 20 years of experience building a cleaner, healthier future for California. In addition to advising Governor Newsom on environmental issues during her two years as his Deputy Legislative Secretary, Director Machi Wagoner spent two decades in the legislature working on Environmental Health issues - ten years of that as the Chief Environmental Consultant to the State Senate’s Committee on Environmental Quality. She has a commitment to increasing recycling and remanufacturing to grow a circular economy within our state. She will present on what is happening at CalRecycle and what initiatives she is looking to move forward.

Our keynote speaker for Day 1 (Wednesday, September 7th) is Chad Hymas, who is an inspirational speaker and builds on lessons learned to help us become better leaders. Chad states a motivating presentation must be accompanied by solutions that change and inspire lives. Today more than ever, people are looking not simply for entertainment, but for direction and solid answers. Chad Hymas has spent the last three years developing solutions that transformed his life. His stories are moving, his courage unprecedented, and his insights profound. His accomplishments provide a powerful litmus test to the validity of these dynamic principles. For more information visit: www.chadhymas.com


Day 2 (Thursday)

On Thursday, September 8, we will have Mayor Esther Sanchez come welcome the CRRA to the City of Oceanside. Mayor Esther Sanchez was first elected to the Oceanside City Council on November 7, 2000, her initial run for local office. She was elected Councilmember in District 1 in November 2018, the City's first District Election.  She was elected Mayor in November 2020. Mayor Sanchez was born and raised in Oceanside, part of a four-generation Oceanside family.

Heidi Sanborn will be a part of our keynote, to discuss what is happening at the California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling. Ms. Sanborn is the Founder of the National Stewardship Action Council and has served as its Executive Director since 2015. She is also the founding Director of the California Product Stewardship Council where she has served for 12 years. These nonprofits are dedicated to reducing waste, increasing recycling and advocating for a circular economy. She was appointed by State Treasurer Fiona Ma to the Green Bond Market Development Committee in 2019 tasked with efficiently raising billions of dollars in new and affordable capital to build climate-friendly infrastructure. She also was appointed by CalEPA to serve on the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling in June of 2020 and was elected Chair.  The voluntary Commission submitted 34 policy recommendations to the California Legislature, with full consensus votes in its first 18 months, resulting in numerous bills passing in 2021 that were groundbreaking for the field.

To complete our keynote presentations, Evan Edgar (Edgar & Associates) will moderate a panel on Green House Gas and Energy, what does California have in store for us? Evan is the master of pulling an engaging panel of speakers together, and integrating conversation and questions from the audience. This will include panelists, Frank Ferral (President & CEO of the Hayward Chamber), Julia Levin (Bio Energy Association of California), and Eugene Tseng (E. Tseng & Associates).

Bio - Evan Edgar is the Principal Engineer and President of Edgar & Associates, Inc. since 1997. Mr. Edgar has over thirty years of experience in all aspects of solid waste management as a registered civil engineer who has advocated on for green energy incentives, compost market development, greenhouse gas reductions policies, and practical regulations in front of legislative committees, regulatory agencies, and local commissions involving the collection, hauling, processing, and composting of urban green and yard wastes. Mr. Edgar has advised private industry companies, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations on recycling and organic waste project development issues including technical feasibility, technology deployment, collection options, land use compatibility, site design, operations, grant and loan funding, business development, and market development issues.


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