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International Zero Waste Week 2013

International Zero Waste Week (ZWW) is the brainchild of the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) and the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA). Assisted by GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN), these groups are now seeking sponsors as well as participants. Sponsorships support event expenses, speaker travel, student scholarships and the year-round activities. See the current list and logos below.

The centerpiece of Zero Waste Week is the Zero Waste Update featuring NCRA’s very popular annual Recycling Update and ZWIA’s Zero Waste International Dialog. Four hundred and fifty professionals, local elected officials, advocates and members of the media will take part in this special two-day event and hundreds more will take tours and participate in the special activities. Held in Berkeley, CA on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, the Zero Waste Update will provide innovative and practical solutions to reduce waste and move toward high diversion and Zero Waste. International case studies will be highlighted, as well as the work of North American communities and agencies on the cutting edge of sustainable materials management.

Visit the NCRA and GRRN websites for details or call 510 982-1841. Potential sponsors should, review the Sponsorship page at and then contact Ruth Abbe, the ZWIA Planning Committee Chair at 415 235-1356.

Details and registration at
Sunday, March 17 - Bay Area Zero Waste Youth Convergence
Monday, March 18 – San Francisco Zero Waste Tours and Reception at Fisherman's Wharf Zero Waste Zone
Tuesday, March 19 – NCRA Recycling Update
Wednesday, March 20 – Zero Waste International Dialog
Thursday, March 21 – Zero Waste Certification Meeting at Oakland City Hall
Friday, March 22 – East Bay Zero Waste Tours and Reception at Urban Ore EcoPark