As a part of STAR’s commitment to the growth of the environmental and recycling business community in Texas, STAR developed two annual environmental sustainability scholarships in 2022 for students, teachers and student groups.
Each year, the Student Scholarship will aid up to two graduating high school seniors or enrolled college students looking to study or currently working towards a degree in Environmental Sustainability or other related major of course work.
The Group and Teacher Scholarship will annually support up to two educators and one officially recognized student group looking to start, enhance, or sustain recycling or landfill reduction programs on their campus or in their community.
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Most holiday decorations cannot go in your recycling cart, but many communities offer recycling drop-offs. Check with your local city or community recycling center to see if they will take them, and see a few ideas below.
Christmas tree recycling
Recipients will be honored on October 13th during Summit 2022 at the Texas Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner and Reception.
City of Addison
Mayor Alan Brundrett – City of Azle
Honorable mention – City of Azle
City of Plano
Honorable mention – City of Denton
Texas State University – Bobcat Blend
Honorable mention – City of Farmers Branch
Pratt Industries and the City of Denton
Honorable mention – UT Arlington
Honorable mention – City of Georgetown & It’s Your Nature
Honorable mention – City of Wylie
Ken Medders – South Padre Island
Honorable mention – Mayor Ken Fulk, City of Allen
STAR is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Bin Grant Program, sponsored by Busch Systems
Congratulations to this year's Bin Grant winners: Children's Health CVICU (Dallas), DISD Lakewood Elementary and City of Waco Solid Waste Services!
Thank you to all who entered this year's competition, and to Busch Systems for sponsoring this year's competition!
STAR's Bin Grant Program is made possible by our Mission Partner Busch Systems, whose support enables us to provide direct grants of brand new Busch Systems bins to expand or start recycling programs in Texas.
March 30, 2022
STAR Board and Members,
I have made the decision to resign as Executive Director. My updated last day with STAR will be April 14, 2022.
I am grateful for the many meaningful projects on which I was able to work, including the Texas Recycling Market Development Plan, outreach to Texas lawmakers, the 2021 Texas Recycling Summit and Texas Environmental Leadership Awards, and the launch of TexasRecyclesDay.org.
I am particularly inspired by the number of dedicated individuals I had the opportunity to work with on smaller projects that often led to crucial conversations and big changes.
STAR has an important mission and a bright future ahead of it. I look forward to participating as a member and partner.
Executive Director, STAR
During the March 24 STAR Board of Directors (BOD) meeting, the STAR BOD elected and confirmed the following new Officers and Executive Committee:
Jason Keller, BOD Chair
Wendy Chance, BOD Vice Chair
Steve Kassen, BOD Treasurer
Amy Thomaides, BOD Secretary
Robert Trevino, At Large Ex Com
Heather Douglas, At Large Ex Com
STAR Members may contact the STAR BOD or Executive Committee members by logging in at the top right and accessing the Member Directory on the Members page.
March 11, 2022
Earlier this week, I notified the STAR Board of Directors that I will be stepping down as Chair on March 24, 2022. Though I will be stepping back from the position of Chair, I expect to remain active with the Board from an ex-officio position in the coming year.
The STAR Board of Directors will consider new leadership roles at the next Board of Directors meeting on March 24, 2022.
I have been honored to serve on the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Board of Directors since 2016. In that time, I have worked closely with three Executive Directors and served as Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair (since 2019). I would like to thank each of the Board members and STAR staff that I have worked with for their spirit of collaboration and teamwork.
During my time on the Board, I have played a role in re-writing the STAR mission, the founding of the STAR Reuse Council and STAR Business Council, supporting statewide recycling as an essential pandemic service, as well as providing support for the TCEQ Texas Recycling Market Development Plan. I am proud to be part of this impactful organization which creates opportunity for a true circular economy in Texas.
Board Chair, State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)
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On Nov 11, the STAR Board of Directors voted unanimously to send the following documents to Texas Lawmakers for consideration during the session interim:
STAR TX RMDP One Page Overview
STAR - Letter of Transmittal - Interim Charge
STAR Proposed Senate Interim Charges
STAR Proposed House of Representatives Interim Charges
These documents were developed with great help from the STAR Business Council and STAR Board Policy Committee and were informed by comments from STAR membership, STAR affiliates, and other Texas recycling industry stakeholders.
To submit an informal comment or question over the Texas Recycling Market Development Plan, fill out this form.
Click here to read the Texas Recycling Market Development Plan in full.
The RMDP provides tools and mechanisms that can be utilized by state and local governments to address identified barriers, opportunities and infrastructure needs to increase the overall recycling rate. This includes both material specific and cross-material strategies for market development.
This Study was required by Senate Bill 649 of the 86th Legislature.
The TCEQ hired Burns & McDonnell to conduct a study on the promotion of using recyclable materials as feedstock in processing and manufacturing; produce a Recycling Materials Development Plan (RMDP) and educational suggestions and materials; and other activities that meet the requirements included in Senate Bill 649.
The overall impact of recycling MSW on the Texas economy exceeded $4.8 billion in 2019. This puts the recycling industry on par with both the petroleum and furniture industries in Texas.
The above information is available from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/p2/recycle/recyclable-materials-feedstock-study.
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