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California Resource Recovery Association

The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), founded as a 501c3 in 1974, is California’s state recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the US. CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through zero waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. CRRA’s members represent all areas of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy, different levels of government and businesses, community, nonprofits, and allied professionals.

Each year, CRRA organizes a comprehensive and informative conference dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond wherein CRRA offers training and educational sessions. The Annual Conference and Tradeshow attracts over 600 attendees, hosts approximately 30 sessions, and features 100 industry experts. The theme of this year’s conference, held August 11 – 14, 2019, is “The Culture of Zero Waste. Create. Implement. Succeed.” Find the outstanding program here.

Tracie Bills is the current interim Executive Director of CRRA. She is working with CRRA staff to continue the organizations movement forward as they continue to seek a new Executive Director. Recently, CRRA finalized a strategic plan calling for development and implementation of a sustainable funding plan, an increased role in leadership in Sacramento, an 80% membership retention, provides three SWANA CRRA Zero Waste Principles and Practices courses, and furthers strategic partnerships. CRRAn continues to work with the EPA on markets and consults with them to develop a national plan to address market conditions. Lastly, CRRA looks forward to hosting, along with the Northern California Recycling Association, the next NRC conference in March 2019.

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NRC Member Spotlight

The Carolina Recycling Association is looking forward to its 30th birthday next year; but we’re still going to say we’re 29 from now on… Since 2017, CRA has greatly increased its focus on the things that matter to member communities and industry professionals – we have also hired a Communications Coordinator to join our other two staff members. CRA prioritizes the need to face the challenges brought on by the National Sword policy, high contamination levels and recycling programs struggling to stay afloat due to increased costs by providing a constant positive, informative voice to our members and the media.

In the last year, CRA has supported four contamination-themed workshops across both states, hosted Recycling Business Connections and our 29th annual conference with 550 attendees this past March. CRA’s legislative advocacy included mobilizing our membership to keep the state’s 30-year old recycling assistance program funded, advocating to keep and fully fund our electronics landfill ban, and developing legislative engagement tools for our members. This year, CRA’s strategic plan includes hosting a Zero Waste Practitioner’s Certification Course in partnership with the NC chapter of SWANA, creating a legislative action toolkit, and creating short video documentaries highlighting various leaders in the W&R industry in the Carolinas. Last, please save the date for our 30th Annual Conference and Trade Show, March 23rd-26th 2020 in Raleigh, NC!

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