CRRA in partnership with SWANA launched its
Zero Waste Principles and Practices Certification Program
in August 2017 - stay tuned for future programs!

For over 40 years CRRA has been a leader in Zero Waste education in California.  Now, joining forces with SWANA, CRRA offers a new professional development course that will certify professionals in Zero Waste Principles and Practices throughout North America.

This course provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of rapidly emerging public and private sector Zero Waste programs and the key principles that support these programs. The course also provides tools to help draw together aspects of existing programs and new efforts into community-specific Zero Waste Programs.

The Zero Waste Principles and Practices Certification is issued jointly by CRRA and SWANA and is administered as part of the SWANA Certification Program recognized throughout the United States and Canada.

Individuals and employers who will benefit from Zero Waste Principles and Practices Certification:

  • Municipal and tribal recycling and solid waste professionals
  • Recycling and solid waste services providers
  • Consultants and contractors serving the recycling sector
  • Business and municipal sustainability professionals
  • Zero Waste and sustainability community advocates
  • Private and public sector policymakers
  • Private/non-profit business sustainability professionals.

This course focuses on developing community-specific Zero Waste plans for reducing, reusing, and recycling materials found in municipal solid waste (MSW) generated from residential, commercial and institutional sources.

Information on upcoming dates and locations coming soon!

Upcoming events

    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Conference Call

    Construction and Demolition Technical Council Monthly Call

    Calls are held on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Call-in details provided after registration.

    For more details on the TC, please visit


    • 12 Jan 2018
    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Conference Call

    California Organics Recycling Council Technical Council Monthly Call

    Calls are held on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Call-in details provided after registration.

    For more details on the TC, please visit

    • 23 Jan 2018
    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Conference Call

    Prevention, ReUse & Repair Technical Council Monthly Call

    Calls are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (excluding August and December), from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Call-in details provided after registration.

    For more details on the TC, please visit

    • 26 Jul 2018
    • 27 Jul 2018
    • Oakland, CA

    CRRA Annual Conference Facility Tours
    July 26 & 27, 2018


    TO REGISTER FOR A TOUR: After you have completed your conference registration, you will receive an email with a code to register for your desired tour selection.  Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis to conference registrants at no additional charge.  If the tour you would like to attend is fully booked, we encourage your to add your name to the wait-list.  


    • Due to security at several tour locations, you will be required to have a photo ID (like a driver's license or passport) with you to check-in at the facility. A reminder will be sent to you before the tour. 
    • For your safety, you are required to wear closed-toe shoes. 
    • We recommend you have sunglasses or regular glasses to prevent particles from some of the facilities irritating your eyes.


    **We will make every effort to ensure you are back at the Oakland Marriott for the CRRA Conference for general sessions, but due to traffic conditions, we cannot guarantee return times.  If you are speaking in a session, or want to see a specific session, we kindly ask that you consider this as you make your tour reservations.

    • 26 Jul 2018
    • 29 Jul 2018
    • Oakland Marriott City Center

    CRRA Annual Conference & Tradeshow

    July 26-29, 2018

    Each year, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to resource management issues in California and beyond.CRRA is well known for its training and educational offerings since the early 1970s.  The Annual Conference and Tradeshow attracts over 500 individuals annually and showcases an estimated 30 sessions each year with over 100 industry experts as presenters.

    Important Dates:

    • May 31, 2018 – Early Bird Deadline
    • July 6, 2018 - Last day to purchase online and pay by check (check must be received in our offices no later than July 11, 2018)
    • July 9, 2018 – Last day to purchase online
    • July 26-29, 2018– Onsite registration, subject to a $50 on-site processing fee (not including special events)






    Early Bird Conf. Registration - $650

    Regular Conf. Registration - $750

    Early Bird One Day Conf. Registration - $275

    One Day Conf. Registration - $350

    Booth - $1200 (one conference registration included)

    Booth Attendant (one day) - $160


    Early Bird Conf. Registration - $975

    Regular Conf. Registration - $1075

    Early Bird One Day Conf Registration - $325

    One Day Conf. Registration - $400

    Booth - $1525 (one conference registration included)

    Booth Attendant (one day) - $210

    Please note: we provide the following meals for registered attendees: continental breakfast on July 27, 28 and 29, 2018. Lunch on July 28 and 29, 2018 only.Only individuals registered for the conference have access to the dining area.

    Join today - become a member and save!

    Members receive a discount on CRRA Annual Conference registration rates, as well as discounts to many other industry events (to receive the discount, you must first join CRRA and then log in to receive member conference rates).  Click here for membership details.


    • Send written cancellation requests to California Resource Recovery Association, 915 L Street, Suite C-216, Sacramento, CA 95814 or by email to  Cancellation requests will not be accepted by phone.  
    • Cancellations requests received by June 1, 2018 will receive a 100% refund, less a $50 per person processing fee. 
    • Cancellation requests received between June 2 and by June 30, 2018 will receive a 50% refund, less a $50 per person processing fee. 
    • Cancellations requests received after June 30, 2018 will not be refunded. 
    • “No shows” will not be refunded.  
    • Substitutions are allowed.  If substituting a non-member for a member registration, nonmember rate increase will apply.

    Payment by Check:

    • Payments by check for Early Bird rates must be received and/or postmarked by May 31, 2018 to receive Early Bird discounted pricing.  Registration will not be complete when payments of Early Bird rates are received after May 31, until payment in full at the applicable regular rate is received.
    • Payments by check must be received in our offices by July 11, 2018 to ensure registration will be complete and conference credentials provided on July 26, 2018.  
    • Registration is not guaranteed and conference credentials may be withheld when payment by check is received after July 11; payment in full by credit card may be required at time of check-in to obtain conference credentials.


    Payment in Full:

    • Registration is not guaranteed and conference credentials may be withheld until payment in full is provided; payment in full by credit card may be required at time of check-in to obtain conference credentials.


    • Membership dues must be paid in full at time of purchase to receive the Membership discount.  
    • Conference credentials will not be provided until registration fees have been received in full (as well as any membership dues, if applicable).
    • All past due monies and balance due from previous CRRA events must be paid in full, to receive Conference credentials.
    • Conference registrations may be transferred or substituted in whole upon written request;
    • Conference registration is for one named individual may not be “shared” between multiple individuals.
    • Full-Conference Rates include all plenary and panel sessions, receptions, tours and on-site meals.
    • Tours, while included in registration, are available on a first-come, first-reserved basis.  A wait list will be available.


    Who are CRRA Exhibitors? Environmental consultants, non-profit groups, composting companies, refuse/recycling haulers and processors, equipment suppliers, and other professionals engaged in the many facets of resource management in California.

    Why Become an Exhibitor? CRRA is proud to be among the leaders of a vision of sustainability in and beyond California. CRRA was the first state recycling organization and continues as a strong voice for zero waste strategies. As a CRRA exhibitor, you introduce your company or organization to CRRA’s diverse community of local, regional and state government officials, recycling and composting industry representatives, and allied organizations. 

    For the floor plan, click here.

    **For questions about accessibility or to request special access accommodations please contact Despina M. Kreatsoulas ( or 916-441-2772, ext 2). Two weeks advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access.

    • 27 Jul 2018
    • 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
    • LeCheval
    • 25

    K-12 TOPIC LUNCH at CRRA2018

    The Executive Committee of the K-12 TC (Debbi Dodson with the Carton Council, Jill Buck with the Go Green Initiative and Christine Flowers with Keep California Beautiful) invite those interested in K-12 waste reduction to join us for lunch.  

    This is a great opportunity for us to hear directly from you how the K-12 TC can be a better resource for you.  

    We have a platform for conducting webinars.  What topics would you like these webinars to address?  

    We have a website that is currently being updated.  What would you like to see on that website?

    The feedback we received at last year’s K-12 TC lunch helped us develop the three workshops on school topics featured on the agenda at this year’s CRRA Conference. We hope you plan on attending each of those workshops as well as join us for lunch.

    We are going to avoid waiting in line for lunch this year by having pizza and salads brought in.  If you have any dietary restrictions (gluten-free, vegan, etc.)  please contact Debbi so that she can plan appropriately.

    Have questions?  Please contact K-12 TC Executive Committee Members for the TC.
    • 27 Jul 2018
    • 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
    • room tbd
    • 63


    Friday - July 27, 2018

    (held in conjunction with the CRRA Annual Conference)

    Are you new to the industry, and looking to make connections with other professionals, both peers and mentors? Are you an industry veteran, and looking for opportunities to impart your wisdom to the next generation?

    All Young Professionals age 35 and under, as well as professionals of any age that are new to the waste management and prevention industry, are welcome to attend the Networking & Speed Mentoring Event on Friday, July 27, 2018.

    What is Speed Mentoring?
    Young and New-to-Industry Professionals will rotate around the room to different round-table meetings, getting opportunities to speak with mentors working in many different aspects of our industry, including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. Learn more about CRRA, technical councils, and opportunities to stay connected even after leaving the conference. Make sure to bring your business cards!

 California Resource Recovery Association   915 L Street, Suite C-216   Sacramento, CA 95814  (916) 441-2772>>

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