Community Event

Class: The Nature of Materials: Reuse, Textiles, Ceramics, Chemicals and Soils

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When recycling had many fewer workers, it was more common for all of us to know a lot about materials; we were all involved in quality control and we got feedback from the mills about what they liked (or mostly disliked) about our stuff. Now, with so many of us playing specialized roles, we often hear very little about what the mills like and don’t like about the “stuff” that now arrives in large quantities everywhere.

Textiles:  Alexa Kielty, Residential Zero Waste and Special Projects Specialist, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Ms. Kielty’s life-long love of clothes led to her assignment to improve capture rates at the major non-profit thrift stores in SF – Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent dePaul, Out of the Closet, etc. as well is the for profit companies like I:CO. In the course of this work, she became intimately familiar with the flow-chain for post-consumer textiles, their end markets here and abroad.

Soils: Giacomo Damonte, American Soil and Stone Products
Mr. Damonte is a graduate of UC Davis in environmental horticulture and urban forestry (1998) and worked for the Soil and Plant Laboratory in Orange, CA for five years and is now nine years with American Soil and Stone Products of Richmond. His expertise is on the technical analysis of soil specifications but he also understands the general movement of soils in the local community and the barriers to their effective reuse. He is a resident of Pleasant Hill.

Reuse: Arthur Boone, Total Recycling Associates
Mr. Boone is a 30 year veteran of the recycling industry who opened the first mattress dismantling plant in the western US in 1994. From 1998 to 2003 he managed and operated the reuse program at Recology’s transfer station in San Francisco, salvaging goods for various outside users. In his retirement he accepts freelance work as a reuser and arranges the disposition of unwanted goods to various markets in the central Bay Area; he lives in Berkeley.

Ceramics: C. Philip Ross, Glass Industry Consulting, Inc.,
Mr. Ross graduated in ceramic engineering from University of Illinois in 1965. He worked in glass production for 27 years and served as VP at Kerr Glass in Santa Ana, California for 15 years. Since 1992 he has operated Glass Industry Consulting, Inc., a small consulting firm in Laguna Niguel, CA with an international client base.

Chemicals: TBD
This is a Zero Waste event. Plan to bring your own name tag, cup and napkin as well as a brown bag lunch.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:00 am
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:45 pm
Location in San Francsico
San Francisco, CA
$55 plus $2 PayPal fee payable via NCRA website and $60 by check by November 27 $75 at door
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