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25th Annual

Texas Recycling Summit


Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Lane | San Marcos, Texas 78666

Join STAR in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Texas Recycling Summit! This year we'll be in the beautiful Central Texas city of San Marcos at the spacious and elegant Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center.

Summit is the premier recycling conference in Texas. This annual event brings together more than 200 industry professionals from schools, cities, businesses, and NGOs to collaborate, educate, and network as we collectively advance recycling in Texas. Attendees interact with more than 40 exhibitors and gain useful insights from keynote speakers, workshops and breakout and plenary sessions.

We'll have three great days of informative panels, workshops and speakers, plus:

Tours will include:

Green Guy RecyclingBobcat Blend Compost and the San Marcos Resource Recovery Reuse Warehouse and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center.

Due to popular demand, we are also bringing back the Wine Pull and karaoke night!


Summit 2023 will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center, in San Marcos, TX.

The hotel reservation block is now closed. If you need to reserve a room, please contact us directly for a discounted rate at

The reservation cut-off closed October 26, 2023. Please make your reservation no later than Oct. 26th to receive our discounted room rate. 

* Government entities (includes municipality, state, city and university) will receive a special hotel rate. Hotel reservation information will be sent separately via email following registration.

**Hotel rates include free self-parking and wi-fi for overnight guests.


Support the 25th Anniversary of Texas' Premier Recycling Conference
October 11th Deadline for Print Materials

For 25 years, the annual Texas Recycling Summit has brought together more than 200 industry professionals from schools, cities, businesses, and NGOs to collaborate, educate, and network as we collectively advance recycling in Texas. Be an important part of Summit by becoming a sponsor!


* 2023 Texas environmental leadership awards*

Recipients will be honored at the Texas Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner and Reception during the 2023 Texas Recycling Summit, on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023.

Thank you to all who made nominations for the 2023 Texas Environmental Leadership Awards (TELA).



San Marcos Recycling, Compost, Reuse and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Wednesday, November 1st
Attendee Limit: 42 
Cost: $25

This tour will visit three local San Marco sites: Green Guy RecyclingBobcat Blend Composting, and the City of San Marcos' HHW and Reuse Warehouse. Tour will start at the Embassy Suites, with group carpool to site locations in vans (provided).

  • GREEN GUY RECYCLING (GGR) is a San Marcos business with a 24/7 drop off for most household recyclables, including metals buy-back; and hard to recycle/dispose items, such as tires, TVs and freon appliances. GGR also has roll-off and demo services. 
  • BOBCAT BLEND is a Texas State University campus composting program that is faculty managed, student-run and grant-supported for research and teaching-oriented waste management purposes. The organization's goals are to teach students, faculty and staff through daily operations and development of habits the environmental, economic, and intrinsic values of composting, in the cafeterias and the classrooms, labs, and landscapes on campus.
  • SAN MARCOS RESOURCE RECOVERY: The City of San Marcos has instituted many programs to help divert material from the landfill over the past 10 years. After a quick presentation about their programs, there will be a tour of their HHW and Reuse Warehouse spaces.


    Texas Disposal Systems Facility

    Friday, November 3rd
    Attendee Limit: 40
    Cost: $25

    Texas Disposal Systems has been the official waste, recycling and green waste/compost service provider for the City of San Marcos since 2003. Their fully integrated facility has uniquely enabled San Marcos to increase the annual diversion of residential waste materials from the landfill from 6% in 2009 to approximately 30% over the last few years.

    TDS processes more than 3,000 tons of solid waste daily, including trash, recycling and composting. Located just north of San Marcos, the TDS materials recovery facility (MRF) is more than 100,000 square feet in size and runs two sorting systems that processes 20 to 25 tons of material per hour, including glass, cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastic.

    This tour offers an up-close look at the company's processing methodology and shows how the MRF fits into the wider 2,300-acre integrated waste-handling site operated by TDS. The tour also includes TDS' unique Exotic Wildlife Game Ranch, a facility that houses more than 115 species of animals as a living example of co-existence with a state-of-the-art, fully integrated landfill facility.


    Basic Environmental Law Training Course

    Wednesday, November 1; 9am–4:30pm
    Limited class size | CEUs available
    Cost: $40 (lunch included)

    The Capital Area Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) is proud to offer this training opportunity. Certified
    instructors from various Texas agencies will provide insight and information about the growing problem of illegal
    dumping and other environmental crimes. Subject areas include public nuisance, solid waste violations, illegal
    dumping, illegal outdoor burning, and water pollution.

    Continuing Education Credits (CEUs):
    The course provides six (6) hours of TCOLE, Code Enforcement, or Sanitarian and four (4) hours of OSSF CEUs for all participants.

    Cancellation Policy:
    Registration may be canceled if our office receives a request within seven (7) business days before the class
    begins. There will be a $10 administrative fee for processing the refund. You or your agency will be invoiced for
    classes that you have registered for, even if you do not attend, or if you fail to cancel within 7 business days
    prior to class start date.

    For more information, contact Ken May at 512-916-6040 or


    ISRI Hazard Recognition: Fire Safety & Prevention in Recycling Training

    Friday, November 3; 9am-2:30pm
    Attendee Limit: 50 participants 
    Cost: Free (lunch included) | Registration required

    Join ISRI’s safety team, on behalf of STAR, for this FREE four-hour course designed to assist employees, team leads, supervisors, plant managers, and senior leadership in understanding hazards associated with fires in recycling operations and materials recovery facilities.

    Attendees will learn ways to potentially control these hazards to prevent significant fire losses. 

    All levels of recycling company employees are encouraged to attend! 

    This course will be co-taught by Ryan Nolte, ISRI’s Senior Director of Safety Outreach, and Kenn Kunze, Battalion Chief-Fort Wayne Fire Department.


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