is to advance recycling through partnerships, education, and advocacy for the benefit of Texas. 


With the backing of multiple recycling corporations and businesses, STAR serves as the voice of the Texas recycling industry, as well as a partner with local governments and municipalities helping to reduce contamination, collaborate with staff for effective outreach, and developing local recycling markets. 

We work to educate Texans about the economic and environmental benefits of recycling in Texas and help professionals grow through networking, webinars, and our support for TRUE Advisor certification.

STAR advocates for the recycling industry by hosting stakeholder workshops, regional meetings, and through legislative measures. 


 Check out our events and the latest social media posts!

Upcoming events

    • Tue, January 26, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Wed, January 27, 2021
    • (CST)
    • virtual

    The U.S. Composting Council's 29th Annual Conference & Tradeshow

    Early bird registration ends December 14th

    See More Information and Register Here

    VIRTUAL COMPOST2021 - Sharing Local Solutions Globally - is the USCC's 29th Annual Conference, where compost manufacturers, affiliates, equipment manufacturers, consultants, allies, and partners in the industry gather for a virtual tradeshow and conference bringing 37 speakers over three targeted tracks.

    From now until December 14th anyone can register for VIRTUAL COMPOST2021 at the low price of $375 and USCC members can register for only $275. Full conference early bird registration, exhibit hall only, and sessions available until December 14th at 11:59 p.m.

    Registration is open; for more information see

    • Tue, February 02, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    STAR Reuse Council General Meeting

    Tuesday, February 2, 2020 | 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join the STAR Reuse Council for their bi-monthly general meeting, held regularly on the first Tuesday of every other month, from 2–3 pm. Non-members are invited to attend.

    Members will receive an email invite with the call-in information and Zoom link to join via video conference. 

    Non-members of STAR, please contact us at for information about how to join the call. 

    • Tue, February 02, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • virtual

    Virtual Opening Pitch

    Opening Night — February 2, 2021

    6:00 - 7:30pm | Free and open to the public

    Learn More and RSVP Here

    What do fabric scraps, distillers grain slurry, and markers all have in common? They can all be turned into a business! [RE]verse Pitch is an innovative social entrepreneurship competition designed to help start the next big venture.

    Join virtually on Feb. 2nd to learn more about this year’s materials, meet the material suppliers, and network with fellow entrepreneurs. 

    During the opening pitch event, you will hear from businesses and institutions consistently generating or collecting by-product, surplus or otherwise underutilized materials streams in Austin, Texas, that could be put to higher and better use in new social enterprises. 

    Join us for a virtual presentation to meet the material suppliers, learn more about these materials, network with other [RE]verse Pitch participants, and new this year - learn how you can source your own material.

    This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is requested. Attendance is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to compete for an Innovation Fellows Prize.

    • Tue, February 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • online

    Join STAR's Central Texas Council for a presentation on recycling programs in Texas State Parks, followed by a panel discussion featuring park recycling representatives in Central Texas.

    There will be time allocated to audience questions, so please join us to share your questions and learn about park recycling efforts in the region.

    Annalise Reichert, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
    Amy Thomaides, City of San Marcos
    Meredith Gauthier, Austin Parks & Recreation
    Tom Gleason, Travis County Parks

    • Thu, March 04, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

    Organics & Composting Webinar

    Hosted by National Stewardship Action Council

    Thursday, 3/4/2021
    8:30 - 10 AM Pacific

    register here

    Panelists & more information to be announced soon. 

    Cost: $125; FREE for funders and collaborating NGOs.

    $75 for NAHMMA and STAR members.

    For more information and/or receive the discount, please email

    • Fri, April 09, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)

    glass recycling Webinar

    Hosted by National Stewardship Action Council

    Friday, 4/9/2021
    11 AM - Noon Pacific

    register here

    Panelists & more information to be announced soon. 

    Cost: $125; FREE for funders and collaborating NGOs.

    $75 for NAHMMA and STAR members.

    For more information and/or receive the discount, please email

    • Tue, April 20, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Wed, April 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • online

    Sustainable Packaging Coalition

    See Program and Register Here

    SPC Impact 2021 will be centered around Pivot Point for Purpose and the drive towards meaningful and long-overdue bold change, building back better, and addressing big sustainability challenges with a purpose that translates into action.

    The two-day event will include workshops, masterclasses, panels, networking activities, virtual exhibit booths, interviews, tours, and main stage sessions. 

    SPC Impact 2021 is open to SPC members and non-members.

Past events

Tue, January 19, 2021 Imagine Austin Webinar: Making Minimalism and Zero Waste Meaningful
Wed, January 13, 2021 USCC Webinar: There’s More than One Way to Recycle Food Scraps
Sat, January 09, 2021 Live Online Tour of United Electronics Recycling in Coppell, TX
Thu, January 07, 2021 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Sat, December 26, 2020 Travis County & City of Austin Christmas Tree Recycling
Sat, December 12, 2020 City of Plano E-Waste Recycling Event
Wed, December 09, 2020 STAR Central Texas: December Networking Event – Upcycled Crafting
Wed, December 09, 2020 City of Austin [Re]Verse Pitch Competition—Deadline Extended
Fri, December 04, 2020 USCC 2020 Composting Awards
Thu, December 03, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, December 01, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Tue, December 01, 2020 STAR Webinar: Introduction to the Municipal Measurement Program (MMP)
Tue, December 01, 2020 Give to STAR this Giving Tuesday!
Tue, December 01, 2020 National Zero Waste Conference
Thu, November 19, 2020 EPA Region 6 Town Hall: America’s Recycling Landscape Today
Thu, November 19, 2020 NSAC Webinar: Basel Convention Amendments & its Impacts on the U.S.
Tue, November 17, 2020 US EPA America Recycles: Summit
Mon, November 16, 2020 US EPA America Recycles: Innovation Fair
Sun, November 15, 2020 Fort Worth Recycles Day 2020
Thu, November 05, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Mon, October 05, 2020 2020 Texas Recycling & Composting Summit
Sun, October 04, 2020 STAR 2020 Recycling and Composting Summit Auction
Tue, September 29, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Tue, September 15, 2020 STAR Reuse Council Webinar: The State of Fashion Reuse in 2020
Thu, September 03, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Mon, August 31, 2020 2020 Future Leader Scholarship — Applications Now Open!
Mon, August 17, 2020 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Contest
Thu, August 13, 2020 2020 North Texas Environmental Leadership Awards
Wed, August 12, 2020 STAR Central Texas Council "Recycling Processors" Webinar
Thu, August 06, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, August 04, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Thu, July 16, 2020 STAR North Texas Webinar: The Impacts of COVID-19 on North Texas Recycling Programs
Wed, July 15, 2020 STAR/AACOG/GRC South Central Texas Glass Recycling Workshop
Thu, July 02, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Thu, June 18, 2020 STAR Central Texas Council member virtual meeting
Tue, June 16, 2020 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Tour—VIRTUAL
Wed, June 10, 2020 A Final Toast: A Tribute to Kim Mote
Thu, June 04, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, June 02, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Mon, June 01, 2020 Texas Recycling Market Development Plan Survey—Closing Soon!
Fri, May 29, 2020 2020 Texas Environmental Leadership Awards
Thu, May 21, 2020 NERC/NEWMOA Webinar: Food Waste Reduction
Fri, May 08, 2020 STAR North Texas 2020 Environmental Leadership Awards | Call for Nominations
Thu, May 07, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, April 28, 2020 SPC Webinar: "Current and Long Term Impacts of the Public Health Crisis in the Recycling System" with STAR ED Jordan Fengel
Wed, April 22, 2020 EarthX2020 - Virtual
Thu, April 16, 2020 SERDC Webinar: "Recycling Industry and the Supply Chain During a Pandemic"
Wed, April 08, 2020 SWANA Webinar: "Financial Impact of Covid-19 on the Solid Waste Industry"
Tue, April 07, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Thu, April 02, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, March 31, 2020 NERC Webinar: Best Management Practices for Community Composting
Tue, March 31, 2020 STAR Webinar: Rethinking and Repackaging the Three 3 R's—Creating a Culture of Composters and Recyclers at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in 2020
Tue, March 31, 2020 SPC Impact 2020 - CANCELED
Tue, March 24, 2020 Busch Systems Webinar: Recycling Industry Secrets: Critical Factors That Impact Bin Selection
Thu, March 19, 2020 NERC Webinar: Rethinking Recycling with David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Thu, February 27, 2020 STAR Webinar - Reuse in the Entertainment Industry
Fri, February 14, 2020 STAR North Texas Steering Committee Conference Call
Tue, February 11, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Tue, February 11, 2020 TRUE Online Training: Recycling and Beyond—Core Concepts
Thu, February 06, 2020 STAR Councils & Action Groups Webinar
Tue, February 04, 2020 STAR Membership Webinar
Mon, January 20, 2020 Great American Cleanup Supply Requests Now Open
Mon, January 06, 2020 STAR 2020 Bin Grant Program
Fri, December 13, 2019 STAR North Texas Holiday Luncheon
Wed, December 11, 2019 Webinar: Demystifying AI and Robotics for Recycling
Tue, December 10, 2019 STAEP Holiday and Membership Drive Network Event / Dec 10, 2019
Wed, November 13, 2019 Texas Glass Recycling Workshop
Fri, November 01, 2019 CAPCOG - TCEQ Regional Solid Waste Grants Program RFA Now Open
Mon, October 14, 2019 2019 Texas Compost Summit
Tue, October 08, 2019 Texas Environmental Leadership Awards
Mon, October 07, 2019 2019 Texas Recycling Summit




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Whether you work for a city, school, or business, STAR has partnerships with leading organizations that can provide you with resources and tools to make your recycling program succeed. 

Check out our Council and Action Groups, become a member of STAR, and dig into past our webinars, projects, and presentations below.



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With the growth of Texas cities there is a need to address the reduction, reuse, and recycling of resources used by citizens. 

STAR has great partners who have programs that can help your recycling program excel!

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