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  • Fri, May 28, 2021 3:20 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    STAR Business Council Releases Video to Texas Lawmakers on RMDP

    See video on STAR's new YouTube channel

    On May 25th, 2021, the STAR Business Council released a video addressing lawmakers in the 87th Texas Legislature expressing continued support for the creation of the Recycling Market Development Plan (RMDP). The video features STAR partners and recycling stakeholders who state their own impact on the recycling industry in Texas and the importance of recycling to the Texas economy as a whole. They encourage support and action on the Plan’s recommendations when released in September 2021. (See more about the RMDP on our website here.)

    The goal of the RMDP is to examine the current recycling economy in Texas, discover opportunities for growth, and draft a proposal for action. It also includes the creation of a comprehensive educational campaign to cover the economics of recycling in Texas, highlight businesses that are involved in recycling in Texas, and to reduce contamination. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) retained Burns & McDonnell to complete the project, and STAR is working with them to complete these goals.

  • Tue, May 18, 2021 5:30 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)


    Vote for Board of Directors and Council Steering Committees by COB May 26th!

    BOD Election Ballot 

    Steering Committee Election Ballot 

    Voting is now open for both STAR Council Steering Committees and open Board of Director positions! Ballots will close on May 26th at 5pm CDT. All current members in good standing may use the links above to vote.

    Election results will be announced at the STAR Annual Members Meeting, held virtually on Thursday, May 27th at 10am. STAR Executive Director Brittany Rosenberg will also give a 2021 State of the Alliance at this meeting. Only current STAR members and incoming members of the NTCRA in good standing may attend. Verify your STAR membership status by logging into our website HERE (incoming NTCRA members not included).

    Thank you for your support and participation in these important annual elections. We look forward to working with you in the coming year to further our mission of advancing recycling through partnerships, education, and advocacy for the benefit of Texas.




  • Thu, May 06, 2021 12:33 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    Texas Recycling Summit 2021
    Call for Proposals

    STAR'S ANNUAL TEXAS RECYCLING SUMMIT WILL BE A MULTI-DAY hybrid CONFERENCE OCT 5–8, 2021

    Submit Your Speaker Proposals Here

    NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 15, 2021

    STAR is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2021 Texas Recycling Summit on October 5th–8th! Summit 2021 will be a hybrid event with speakers and sessions held virtually during the first two days, with a limited number of in-person events on the last 2 days—at the beautiful Lake Granbury Conference Center in Granbury, Texas! In-person events include the Texas Environmental Leadership Awards, a live auction, and networking and games. (More details coming soon!)

    We are seeking speakers, presenters, panelists, and workshop leaders for new topic proposals, as well as experts on the topics listed below. We invite you to submit a proposal through the link above if you are:

    1. Interested in speaking, presenting, or being on a panel; or 
    2. If you are a STAR member, affiliate, stakeholder, or former Summit attendee and would like to submit a session topic request.

    Summit has been Texas's premier recycling conference for more than 20 years and we're excited to once again feature engaging sessions on relevant and timely topics. We anticipate this year's Texas Recycling Summit to attract more than 300 recycling professionals from municipalities, local and state government, private industry, higher education, and NGOs/trade associations.

    We are seeking experts on the following topics:

    • Recycling Market Development
    • Recycling and Solid Waste Legislation
    • Entrepreneurship, Technology & Innovation
    • Regional Economic Development, Circular Economy Development, & Job Creation
    • Public & Private Partnership Success Stories
    • Industrial Recycling, Reuse, and Redevelopment (ex: Rockets, Anaerobic Digestion, Brownfields, etc.)
    • Byproducts as Feedstocks
    • New or Niche Material Markets (ex: Fiberglass, Fabrics, Batteries, etc.)
    • Public Education Success Stories
    • How to start a ....Program (workshops)
    • COVID-19 and Pandemic-related Updates
    Please contact us at info@recyclingstar.org with any questions.

    Thank you for your proposals. We look forward to making this the best Summit yet!

  • Thu, April 22, 2021 1:25 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)


    On April 13th, the STAR Business Council advanced letters to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and each member of the 87th Texas Legislature expressing continued support for the creation of the Recycling Market Development Plan (RMDP). The letter addresses the importance of recycling to the Texas economy and encourages support and action on the Plan’s recommendations when released in September 2021. (See more about the RMDP on our website here.)

    The letter also points to the recycling industry's more than $3 billion dollars in economic impact for Texas and the potential for exponential growth under the Plan. A one-pager attached to the letter shared some important industry facts and figures, and the benefits and opportunities provided by the RMDP (accessible here). The letter's intention was to remind the Governor and legislators that the RMDP will be released in September and to look forward to those results.

    The goal of the RMDP is to examine the current recycling economy in Texas, discover opportunities for growth, and draft a proposal for action. It also includes the creation of a comprehensive educational campaign to cover the economics of recycling in Texas, highlight businesses that are involved in recycling in Texas, and to reduce contamination. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) retained Burns & McDonnell to complete the project, and STAR is working with them to complete these goals. 

    See the full letter to the Governor below or as pdf here.

    Dear Governor Abbott:

    RE: Recycling Market Development Plan

    The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) thanks you for your continued support of the creation of the Recycling Market Development Plan, which passed in the 86th Legislative Session, and which is due for release in Q3 of 2021.

    STAR members and stakeholders look forward to continued collaboration with the State and are optimistic that the upcoming recycling plan will identify growth opportunities for both business and industry that could result in more jobs, new technology, infrastructure, manufacturing, and investment for Texas.

    Some of these opportunities will require future legislative action and STAR hopes we can count on your support of those efforts in the 88th Legislative Session, for an industry that has demonstrated over $3 billion dollars in economic impact for Texas.

    Please see the attached brief which demonstrates enthusiastic participation from both the private and public sectors and offers valuable insight into the solutions for the challenges facing the recycling industry of Texas.

    We look forward to working with you, if we may be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Respectfully,

    Gigi Gephardt
    Chair | STAR Business Council

    Brittany Rosenberg
    Executive Director | STAR

  • Wed, April 14, 2021 2:10 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    Customers can donate to EarthShare of Texas in-store and online in honor of Earth Month starting April 14th!

    EarthShare of Texas Press Release:

    Austin, TX – Texans can participate in Earth Month by donating to EarthShare of Texas when they shop at H-E-B and Central Market April 14 through May 25. Donations will support EarthShare of Texas’ network of 38 Texas-based environmental and conservation charities.

    H-E-B and Central Market stores across the state of Texas will participate in the campaign for the environment in honor of Earth Month. Shoppers will have the opportunity to add $1, $3, and $5 donations to their order at checkout when they shop in stores. The option is also available online and in the H-E-B app when using H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery.

    H-E-B has been a consistent partner of EarthShare of Texas since 2007. The annual fundraising campaign has contributed nearly $1.5 million dollars directly to Texas-based environmental and conservation charities. H-E-B proved their commitment to a greener Texas last year when during the early months of the pandemic, they suspended the campaign and instead donated $190,000.

    Francoise Van Keuren, Executive Director of EarthShare of Texas commented, “We are so proud to be a partner of Texas’ favorite grocery store. This campaign represents Texans taking care of Texas and that’s truly in the spirit of Earth Month and H-E-B’s corporate values.

    Richard McDonald, Director of H-E-B Environmental Affairs added “At H-E-B, we love Texas – and we feel it’s our responsibility to take good care of the state we proudly call home.  It’s the neighborly and right thing to do!

    While Earth Month is celebrated throughout the entirety of April, the campaign will begin in time for Earth Day, April 22. Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 as the beginning of the modern environmental movement in response to the public consciousness of air and water pollution and continues to grow as a world-wide day of commemoration for environmental causes.

    See the full press release on ESTX's website

  • Mon, April 05, 2021 3:15 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)


    Winners of Austin's 2021 [Re]Verse Pitch Competition Announced

    (City of Austin press release)

    Austin, TX – The City of Austin, in partnership with Austin Young Chamber and the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, announced the winners of the annual [RE]verse Pitch Competition, a program aimed at reducing waste in Austin through innovation and design. This year’s winners, known as Innovation Fellows, developed business ideas using another businesses’ ‘waste’. The Innovation Fellows will receive prizes valued up to $8,500, and participate in a four-month accelerator program to develop their ideas.

    This year’s Innovation Fellows are:

    Plant Baxter by Jordan Smith, Coleman Counihan and Daniel Barrios
    Plant Baxter plans to create container gardens using unwanted large plastic sacks from Austin Eastciders and reclaimed wood from the construction industry.

    DV Designs by Vincent Marsella and Deepak Chandra
    DV Designs plans to create beverage coasters using spent grain from Fierce Whiskers Distillery.

    Biochar Filter Socks by Petey Peterson and Seth Nyer
    Locoal, an existing Austin-area company, plans to create ‘wattle socks,’ which help prevent soil erosion and capture toxins from storm-water runoff, using spent grain from Fierce Whiskers Distillery and used wooden pallets.

    Lolas Classic Babies by Lolita Rodriguez and Lucero Valle Archuleta
    Lolas Classic Babies, a woman-owned baby brand in Austin, plans to create bow ties using unwanted fabric decorator samples from Austin Creative Reuse.

    During the virtual accelerator program, each team will receive mentorship, training, and community support while they further develop their circular business idea. The accelerator will culminate in the teams presenting these ideas to a cohort of investors as part of the City’s inaugural Circular Austin showcase on July 28, 2021.

    This year’s [RE]verse Pitch Competition started on Feb. 2 at the virtual opening pitch event. Over the course of several weeks, competitors attended virtual workshops and worked with program mentors before submitting their business ideas to the competition. All submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges and selected based on equal scoring criteria.

    The [RE]verse Pitch Competition is a collaboration between the City of Austin, Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development with additional support from a wide variety of community partners. Learn more at ReversePitch.org.

    See this press release on City of Austin website.

  • Thu, March 18, 2021 3:21 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)


    Recycling Partnership Launches Communities for Recycling Pilot Program in Fort Worth

    In honor of Global Recycling Day (March 18th), The Recycling Partnership launched Communities for Recycling — an initiative to provide real-time recycling information through Facebook Messenger Pilot — starting with pilot programs in Fort Worth & Atlanta.

    Robert Smouse, of STAR Mission Partners Fort Worth City Hall (City of Fort Worth), explained: "Communities like Fort Worth realize that social media is a progressively important communication tool to connect with new audiences for specific programs such as recycling... Fort Worth is proud to be one of the pilot cities chosen to share this personalized, hyperlocal recycling information to our residents. Recycling and waste minimization are important issues in our city. In order to reach the largest audience possible, who better to do that with than Facebook.”

    The initiative is the result of a collaboration between the City of Fort Worth, the Recycling Partnership, Facebook and consumer packaged goods brands like PepsiCo.

    Read more about the project on the City of Fort Worth's website.

  • Thu, March 11, 2021 2:37 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)


    NERC is convening a Work Group to develop model legislation for minimum post-consumer recycled content requirements for glass beverage and food containers, and fiberglass insulation. The goals for developing the model legislation are to:

    • Develop markets for post-consumer glass containers.
    • Increase the use of post-consumer glass containers in the manufacture of new beverage and food containers and fiberglass insulation.
    * The first Work Group meeting is scheduled for April 8 at 1:30 p.m. EST. If you would like to join the Work Group to develop the model legislation, contact Mary Ann Remolador, NERC’s Assistant Director, prior to April 8.

    “Glass is a highly recyclable material, and states consistently hear from stakeholders that markets for post-consumer glass must be strengthened to help develop more demand for this feedstock,” said Chris Nelson, Supervising Environmental Analyst of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.  “Post-consumer recycled content standards for new glass products will help to create more robust markets for glass recovered through recycling programs.”

    NERC’s intent for the Work Group is to bring together (virtually) a broad group of impacted stakeholders from industry and public sectors to achieve a positive outcome.  The Work Group co-chairs are Chris Nelson, Supervising Environmental Analyst of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection; and Stephen Burm, Director of Industry and Government Affairs, Anheuser-Busch with technical assistance from Ed Ferguson, Director of Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch.

    “At Anheuser-Busch, we have a longstanding history of environmental stewardship and have committed to 100% of our packaging being made from majority recycled content or be returnable by 2025,” said Ed Ferguson, Director of Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “Through this work group, we look forward to working alongside all parties within the packaging and recycling supply chain to identify and build scalable solutions to help achieve this goal and set a model for others within the industry.”

    The following are the identified stakeholders for the Work Group:

    • Brands
    • Glass Container Manufacturers
    • Fiberglass Insulation Manufacturers
    • Glass Recyclers/Beneficiators
    • Industry Associations
    • Distributors/Retailers
    • Haulers/Material Recycling Facility Operators
    • State Environmental Agencies
    • State Recycling Organizations
    • Environmental Advocacy Groups
    For more information, visit www.nerc.org.


  • Mon, March 08, 2021 1:06 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)


    See Locator Map Here

    Know Where it Goes Before You Dispose

    Looking for a place to take recyclables, dispose of items that can’t go in your curbside trash, or even where to take storm damage debris and waste materials?

    Use this tool to find the most convenient place to drop-off items for recycling or proper disposal. Be sure to call in advance to verify the information provided and ask about hours of operation, costs, and any other requirements to drop-off.

    Remember that reuse is better than disposal. If your items can be reused, please visit the Austin Reuse Directory first. Common reusable items include clothes, furniture, toys, and other household items.

  • Tue, February 16, 2021 5:41 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    EPA National Recycling Goal: Recycling Rate Measurement Comment Period

    See more information on EPA's website


    At the 2020 America Recycles Summit on November 17, 2020, EPA announced the overall national recycling goal of increasing the U.S. recycling rate to 50% by 2030.  This national goal will provide the benchmark to evaluate the success of the collective efforts to improve the nation’s recycling system. EPA is now soliciting comments on the recycling rate measurement methodology. 

    Comments will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on March 8, 2021

    The purpose of this comment period is to inform the methodology and identify key data points that EPA may include when calculating the national recycling rate. For the purposes of this comment period, EPA is soliciting comments on the recycling rate measurement methodology only. The questions below are grouped into five key measurement categories related to the recycling rate: Sources of Recyclable Material, Material Streams, Material Management Pathways, Material Destination and Other Considerations.

    Please submit the comments to the following docket: EPA-HQ-OLEM-2020-0443 at ORCRMeasurement@epa.gov.


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