Upcoming events

    • Tue, September 07, 2021
    • Mon, August 22, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • zoom

    STAR Reuse Council General Membership Meet-ups

    The STAR Reuse Council Steering Committee invites you to join the quarterly virtual Reuse Council Meet-Up:

    September 7, 2021 from 2-3 p.m. CDT: Back-to-School/Reuse in the Classroom (Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 839 1998 7139 |Passcode: 003643)
    • Guest speakers:
        • Rebecca Bass, a Houston-area art teacher who will show how she uses reused materials to work with her students in-person and online.
        • Robert Smouse, Assistant Director for the City of Fort Worth Solid Waste Services, who will tell us how Ft. Worth recently passed a policy allowing surplus materials to benefit organizations like The Welman Project.
    December 7, 2021 from 2-3 p.m. CST: 
    Adaptive Reuse (
    Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 839 1998 7139 |Passcode: 003643)

    March 1, 2022 from 2-3 p.m. CST: 
    Food Recovery & Reuse (Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 839 1998 7139 |Passcode: 003643)

    August 22, 2022 from 2-3 p.m. CDT: 
    Furniture Repair & Reuse (Zoom link forthcoming)

    • Wed, November 03, 2021
    • Thu, November 04, 2021
    • virtual

    NRC's National Recycling Conference
    Nov 3-4, 2021

    Early Bird Registration Open Now!


    The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is excited to partner with the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) to co-host the 2021 National Recycling Congress on November 3-4, 2021. In an effort to safely convene recycling professionals from all across North America, this year’s Congress will be hosted virtually. Registration for the National Recycling Congress held in conjunction with NYSAR will open by the end of this month.

    After a 12-year hiatus, the premier, two-day educational and networking event will be the place to connect with, engage, learn from and be a part of the national movement for increased and improved recycling and more. Here’s how NRC is working to compliment your state recycling conference with timely, critical and national information:

    • Recycling program best practices
    • National legislation updates
    • Climate change and waste
    • Market development
    • Circular economy
    • Buy-recycled
    • Environmental justice, equity, diversity and inclusion

    If you would like to be a sponsor, contact

    For more information, contact Julie Rhodes at

    • Tue, December 07, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • online

    Register Here!

    Join them on the first Tuesday of every other month for this virtual networking series with the circular economy business community.

    About this event

    Join the City of Austin’s Circular Economy Program for a new, virtual networking series, Circular Meet-Ups. Happening the first Tuesday of every other month, Circular Meet-Ups provide an opportunity for local business owners, start-ups and sustainability professionals across all industries to connect and learn more about Austin’s circular economy.

    Attend a Circular Meet-Up today:

    • Get an introduction to Austin’s circular economy
    • Hear from innovators and leaders of successful circular businesses in Austin
    • Learn about best ‘circular’ business practices that can benefit you and your company
    • Network with like-minded business leaders and entrepreneurs

    During this meet-up, you’ll join two local business leaders for a discussion on Austin’s circular future — check them out below:

    Jenn Evans, Executive Director, Austin Creative Reuse "Austin Creative Reuse is a local nonprofit with a mission to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education and community building. In our creative reuse center in East Austin, we collect, process and re-sell gently used creative materials donated from individuals and businesses. To date, we've diverted more than 435 tons of usable creative materials from Austin's landfills and hosted hundreds of workshops and community events to promote reuse, conscious consumption and a circular Austin.”

    Sandy Stewart, Owner , Think Big Program “Think Big Program works with independent small businesses seeking dollars to fund existing or new circular initiatives. She helps businesses align circular goals into their business strategy and prepare for making the money ask, whether it’s from lenders, investors or seeking grants.”

    Email for more information:

    Circular Meet-Ups are hosted by the Circular Economy Program within Austin Resource Recovery, a department of the City of Austin. For more information on Austin’s Circular Economy Program, visit

    • Wed, December 08, 2021
    • Thu, December 09, 2021
    • online

    National Zero Waste Conference | Dec 8-9, 2021

    Register Here

    The National Recycling Coalition and Zero Waste USA are partnering to organize the National Zero Waste Virtual Conference on Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2021. This jam-packed educational and networking event will include topics such as:

    • Circular Economy and Zero Waste
    • Zero Waste and Climate Change
    • Plastics in the Oceans
    • World Cleanup Day
    • Zero Waste Hierarchy of Highest and Best Uses
    • Zero Waste Culture Change
    • Zero Waste Lifestyles
    • Reduce, Rethink, Redesign
    • Product Policies
    • Zero Waste Certification
    • And many more

    Two tracks are available: Zero Waste Business will be the focus on the first day and Zero Waste Communities on the second.

    Don’t miss out on local, national and international experts discussing Zero Waste, high diversion best practices and the latest developments in the industry. Pricing details available here and registration is open now! NRC members will enjoy a $50 discount on this event. Register today!

    STAR Members of eligible for the NRC discount!

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