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  • Mon, March 09, 2020 12:46 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    This year's Summit — hosted in Austin — will be the biggest and best yet, as we are (for the first time ever) combining our two annual conferences—Recycling Summit and Compost Summit!

    STAR is looking for volunteers to help plan out this year's combined Summit agenda, as well as our networking events! We have two volunteer-based committees that will work with STAR Board members and staff. We would be thrilled to have your help! 

    Sign up to Join a STAR Summit Committee

    join either committee (or both):

    The Agenda Planning Committee will cover speaking topics, panel ideas, and help to arrange speakers for this great event. 

    The Networking and Events Planning Committee will work to identify networking spaces, develop networking events, help secure auction items, and develop other fun, interactive games for conference attendees to play. 

    Once we have the committee members identified, STAR will put out a Doodle poll to secure a reoccurring day/time for the committee calls. At first, the calls will be more frequently held but then will decrease as planning wraps up. 

    Please email any questions or comments to:

    We look forward to working with you to make this year's Summit the best yet!

  • Wed, February 19, 2020 5:56 PM | Deleted user

    STAR has released its write-up of the Texas Glass Recycling Workshop, which was co-hosted with the Glass Recycling Coalition and held at the CAPCOG building in Austin on November 13, 2019. 

    The sold-out event had speakers from across the glass recycling supply chain discussing the current state of glass recycling in Texas, as well as the barriers, and the opportunities, that can help advance the industry. 

    Read the article now by clicking below and let us know your thoughts in the public discussion forum! 

     Texas Glass Recycling Workshop Article

  • Wed, February 12, 2020 11:02 AM | Deleted user

    Our Mission Partner, The Recycling Partnership, has released their 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report!

    Check it out! This is a must read to get the most up-to-date insights about what is happening with programs, prices, and more.

    "This Recycling Partnership report is an analysis of the dimensions, performance, stresses, and opportunities for improvement to curbside recycling in the United States. The purpose of curbside recycling is to efficiently collect and deliver high quality materials from U.S. households to the circular economy – a “reverse distribution” system to gather back millions of tons of paper and packaging dispersed to millions of households for the manufacturing of new products."

    Download the Report!

  • Tue, January 28, 2020 11:20 AM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    The Reuse Council of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Texas Reuse Contest

    This is the second year the Council has organized the Reuse Contest, in which contestants design and create new objects from materials diverted from landfills. Winners receive certificates, tickets to reuse tours, and gift cards redeemable at reuse stores.

    The National Reuse Contest, held by the Reuse People of America, was discontinued in 2017. Since then, however, due to popular demand in the Lone Star State, the Texas Reuse Contest lives on!

    See photos of the winners' projects on our Facebook page!

    The 2019 winners are:

    Individual Construction & Remodeling

    1st Place: Cynthia Piro, Houston, Custom Designed 8'x10' Tree House

    2nd Place: Izzy Plunkett, Houston, Hurricane Harvey Recovery Through Public Art Project

    3rd Place: Tim Wermond, Austin, Ultra-Modern Contemporary Bathroom Renovation

    Individual Art, Fashion, & Furniture

    1st Place: Oscar Rangel, Houston, Giant Nutcracker

    2nd Place: Yureisly Suarez, Austin, End Tables Made from Granite Sink Cutouts

    3rd Place: Steve Stelzer, Houston, Armoire Lamp Made from Reused Materials

    Businesses and Organizations

    1st Place: Dottie Moore, Houston, Encourager Church Limitless Camp Stage Show


    We thank all of this year’s contestants for submitting their projects:

    Vivian Brewster, Onalaska; Alan Montemayor, San Antonio; Shauntrice Nash, Denton; Husani Sallah, Houston; Vernon Berger, Austin; Mary Buonamici, Austin; Maddie Burton, Austin; Kenn Coplan, Houston; April Garcia, Austin; Ellen Gilgore, Denton; Alicia Kahn, Houston; Brianna Minks, Austin; Kiki Neumann, Houston; Melissa Rothrock, Austin, Melinda Rushing, Burleson; Christine Schumaker, Denton; Becky Wilkes, Asle; and Gabriela Williams, Garland.

    Our distinguished judges this year were:

    Madhav Acharya; Ahshia Berry; Karen Lantz, AIA; Dan Phillips; Page Piland; Amy Reed; Stacy Savage; and Sarah-Jayne Smith.

  • Fri, December 20, 2019 3:51 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    While the holiday season brings friends and family together for fun, food and gifts, it also brings a lot of waste. As our partners at the Recycling Partnership have noted, research at Stanford University found that, "Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of the year"—which amounts to 25 million tons of extra garbage! To help you curb your contribution to this added waste, we offer some tips below for recycling your holiday cheer.


    • Cardboard Boxes: Reuse or recycle in your usual recycling bin (flatten first)
    • Wrapping Paper: Plain, paper-based wrapping paper is recyclable & can be put in your recycling bin. If it is laminated, has foil, is shiny or metallic, it is not recyclable (most wrapping paper is NOT recyclable). Consider reusing it for future gifts or other creative projects.
      • Tape left on wrapping paper can be recycled—but try to use as little as possible while wrapping
      • Consider wrapping your gifts with reusable materials, such as newspaper or using reusable gift bags instead
    • Ribbons & Bows: Are NOT recyclable, but very reusable!
    • Holiday Cards: Only plain paper cards are recyclable. If there is any non-paper decoration on them, such as foil or glitter, they are NOT recyclable.
    • Live Christmas Trees: Many communities organize drop-off stations for trees after the holidays, while some even offer curbside pickup (Austin & Dallas, for example). All decorations should be removed first. Check your city or town's website for locations.
    • Holiday Lights: Old and broken string lightcannot be put in your recycling bin (they are tanglers!), but several communities accept them at special drop-off locations. (Austin's Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center is one; and the City of Georgetown has set up three special recycling drop-off stations; or mail them to the Christmas Light Source Recycling Program).
    • Tissue Paper, Packing Peanuts, and Foam Wrapping Sheets: None of these are recyclable, unfortunately, but they are very reusable!
    • Bubble Wrap: Can be recycled ONLY at participating grocery or retail stores that collect plastic film and bags (HEB, Target, Walmart, to name a few). It cannot be put in your recycling bin, as it is a tangler that needs to be handled separately. Some cities (like Austin) have drop-offs for bubble wrap and plastic film.
    • Styrofoam packaging: Many communities have drop-off locations for polystyrene and polyethylene ("styrofoam") containers—the kind used in electronics shipping; coolers; etc. Some, like Austin's Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center, even accept foam take-out containers (rinsed of food) and foam wrapping sheets. Check your community's website for locations.


    The Recycling Partnership has a series of holiday blogs that will help you reduce, reuse, and recycle this holiday season! Check them out below:
    1. Green Holiday Decorating Tips and Tricks
    2. Your Guide to a Green Holiday Party
    3. Your Guide to Green Holiday Gifting

  • Fri, December 06, 2019 3:15 PM | Deleted user

    You've still got time:
    Register to become a TRUE Advisor by December 18

    We've extended the deadline! Now through December 18, get $50 off your TRUE Advisor course and exam. Join a global community of nearly 700 TRUE Advisors who are helping companies and businesses around the world take steps toward zero waste.


    Using the promo code TRUEADVISOR50, the TRUE Advisor course will be discounted to $300 for USGBC members and $400 for nonmembers, along with receiving 7.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours.

  • Thu, December 05, 2019 4:08 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)
    Read the article, "The State of Recycling in Texas," written by STAR Executive Director Jorden Fengel, in TCEQ's "Take Care of Texas" blog.
  • Thu, December 05, 2019 1:56 PM | Deleted user

    As STAR supports and promotes the SWEEP Standard, we would like everyone to take advantage of being a part of this industry-changing initiative!

    It is free to join the National Consensus Committee to participate in the commenting and voting of the SWEEP Standard!

    Only 10 Days Left to Vote

    on SWEEP Pilot Draft Standard

    Here's how to do it:

    Step 1: Join the National Consensus Committee (NCC) (we will never share your info!)

    Step 2: Review the Standard,

    Step 3: Comment on the Standard

    Step 4Vote (Once you are a member of the NCC, you will receive access to the ballot)

    Visit the SWEEP Website

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