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  • Tue, January 19, 2021 1:47 PM | Tamara Kowalski

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    EarthShare of Texas — of which STAR is a proud member organization — was named one of the Top 5 Environmental Organizations in Texas!

    STAR is highlighted by as one of the nearly 40 Texas-based environmental organizations that comprise ESTX. Several of the other organizations named in the Top 5 are ESTX members, as well. Thank you EarthShare of Texas! (See the listing for EarthShare below.)


    EarthShare of Texas Primary Work: Supporting Texas environmental organizations

    EarthShare Texas works to provide funds to a variety of Texas environmental organizations that are considered its “member charities.” These member charities are vetted by EarthShare Texas, which ensures the funds are put to good use.

    Every organization on this list is either a member charity or connected to a member charity of EarthShare Texas. But there are many more than those listed here:

    EarthShare Texas is extremely efficient with the money it receives, with 93 percent of its total expenditures going to its programs. Most organizations don’t come close to this.

    So if you want to support a broad selection of amazing environmental organizations in Texas, donating money to EarthShare Texas could be perfect for you. To learn more, head over to EarthShare Texas’s website.

  • Wed, December 30, 2020 12:33 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    As we celebrate the coming of a new year, full of hope and promise, we at STAR wanted to take a moment to look back to recognize and share our activities and successes of 2020.

    Despite almost a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions, STAR and STAR Councils were able to maintain a level of activity close to usual, by moving them online. We are proud of all we were able to accomplish, and could not have done it without our members, Mission Partners and supporters! Without further ado, here are our Top 10 Successes of 2020 (in no particular order).

    the STAR 2020 Top 10

    • The Texas Recycling and Composting Summit was held October 5th–9th, successfully combining our annual recycling and composting conferences into one big event for the first time ever, while also being moved to an online platform for the first time.
    • STAR and STAR Councils held 12 webinars and online activities throughout the year, including:
    • The 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Contest was held August 17th–October 20th, with great entries submitted from across Texas. Winners will be announced in January!
    • We began work on the Recycling Market Development Plan, a result of the successful 2019 passage of Senate Bill 649 in the Texas Legislature. STAR worked with partners Burns & McDonnell and Circular Matters to survey recycling processors and end users, as well as hold Stakeholder Forums on Recycling Market Development. We look forward to working more on this project in 2021.
    • We welcomed 168 new members and 10 new Mission Partners to STAR!
  • Tue, December 22, 2020 5:02 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    See wrapping & packaging tips here

    Wondering what to do with those old or broken holiday decorations once the holiday is over?

    Most holiday decorations cannot go in your recycling cart, but some communities offer recycling drop-offs. Check your local city or community recycling center to see if they will take them, and see a few ideas below.

    String light recycling

    See more Holiday Light Tips on TCEQ's Take Care of Texas blog!

    Christmas tree recycling

    • Travis County: (December 26 – January 10) Travis County will provide FREE Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations for Travis County residents. See their recycling web page.
    • City of Austin: curbside tree pickup, plus drop-off at Zilker Park; see City of Austin's Tree Recycling page
    • City of Denton: Denton's Solid Waste & Recycling is offering drop-off or curbside pickup (with call to schedule) to compost your tree. See details here.
  • Tue, December 22, 2020 2:36 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    Congrats to all of our STAR/Busch Systems 2020 Bin Grant winners!

    See photos below of our 2020 winners with their new recycling bins. Thank you to STAR Bin Grant sponsor Busch Systems, whose generous support allowed us to award more bins than ever before! Due to the pandemic, some of this year's recipients requested to delay receipt of their bins until they were able to get back into their offices and schools. 

    Wylie ISD

    Wylie ISD placed pairs of new 30-gallon trash and recycling bins in their newly renovated break & mail rooms at Wylie High School and Wylie East High School; in a high traffic area at Wylie High School next to soda/water bottle vending machines; and one set at their Facilities Building break room. They are holding aside 50 desk-side recycling baskets with hanging waste baskets to be used in new classrooms being added to various campuses. 

    Pictured: (l) Marcia Coker, Wylie ISD Facilities Manager; and (r) Wendy Fox, Maintenance Secretary and member of the District’s Green Team.


    City of San Marcos

    The City of San Marcos placed their new Busch bins across city departments, including an eco-station in the Parks & Recreation Department (Christie Murillo, Administrative Coordinator, pictured left) and in General Services (Sandy McKenize, Administrative Coordinator, pictured right).


    City of Pharr

    The City of Pharr is using their new bins for a recycling pilot project focused on reducing the amount of waste that city offices are producing. The program will demonstrate how much recyclable material is produced in an office setting and the need to purchase more bins for more city offices. They've placed the new bins across city departments, including (pictured, left to right) the Departments of Parks & Recreation, Fire, and Finance. 


    Austin Creative Reuse

    Executive Director Jenn Evans tells us, "Our new bins are already getting lots of use! We had originally allocated some of the smaller recycling bins for our workshop space and off-center events, but as those programs are still on hold (due to Covid), we have been using them to collect and sort school supplies donated during our school supply drive last month."

    Pictured (left to right): new bins in their donation processing area; in the break room; and Center Manager Jen Mack using her new bin.


    Magpies & Peacocks

    Magpies & Peacocks, Inc. is the nation’s only 501(c)3 non-profit design house dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles and accessories diverted from landfill. They're using their new bins throughout their facility in Houston.


    Keep Odessa Beautiful

    Claudia Ortega, Executive Director of Keep Odessa Beautiful shared with us that, "We are extremely grateful for this opportunity, the need to expand on our recycling program is great and we have organizations/schools ready to initiate a recycling system." They have not been able to deliver the bins yet, however, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in their area. They were able to share this photo with us of staff using them in their own offices for now.

    Mansfield High School

    (Chose not to receive their bins yet due to COVID-19 school closing.)

  • Tue, December 15, 2020 2:25 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    "Ninety percent of residents and consumers still expect to be able to recycle glass, according to members of the recycling value chain."

    The third annual survey by the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC), released at the GRC Fall 2020 Member Meeting, queried more than 200 municipal officials, top glass industry professionals, and materials recovery facility (MRF) operators in an open survey from August to September 2020.

    The survey revealed some shift in perceptions, trends and concerns among glass recycling stakeholders.

    • Concerns about glass recycling decreased by 13 percent since 2018 among public-sector representatives; however, challenges persist in cost-effectiveness, end market availability, and contamination.
    • More than 55 percent of MRFs have increased recycling education influenced by current market conditions, increased contamination, and rising quality standards.
    • Ninety-five percent of public-sector respondents care about what happens to glass collected for recycling up from 53 percent in 2018.
    • Top priorities for the public-sector respondents included resident satisfaction, meeting recycling/sustainability goals and reducing contamination. Glass industry respondents named consumer’s desire to recycle glass as a top priority.
    • Haulers, MRFs and the public-sector were ranked as members of the value chain that should cover the cost of collecting and processing recyclables (not solely glass).
    • Approximately 50 to 60 percent of public-sector and glass industry respondents facing glass recycling challenges expressed interest in public-private partnerships and grants to improve glass recycling and help them achieve their goals.

    Download the full survey report and learnmore about the Glass Recycling Coalition at

  • Mon, November 23, 2020 7:11 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    Star Announces New Executive Director Brittany Rosenberg

    We are thrilled to announce that Brittany Rosenberg will be STAR's new Executive Director!

    Brittany joins STAR from the City of Fort Worth and brings a wealth of passion and industry knowledge. She has also been an active member of STAR and serves on the STAR Reuse Council Steering Committee as Treasurer.

    Her first day with the organization will be December 7, 2020. Brittany will fill the position vacated by Jordan Fengel, who served as Executive Director since 2018.

  • Mon, November 23, 2020 1:29 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announces new national goal for recycling—increasing the U.S. recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030.

    Administrator Wheeler made the announcement at the November 17th opening of the EPA's annual Recycling Summit, saying, "This ambitious national recycling goal will help guide investments and commitments from across the recycling system.”

    Peter Wright, EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management Assistant Administrator, added:

    “Without national leadership on this issue, recycling has lingered in the low 30 percent range for the last twenty years. The economic and environmental benefits from recycling are clear, and we’ve made a lot of progress, but much more needs to be done to obtain the benefits of increasing the national recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030. We appreciate every organization that has submitted comments on our draft National Recycling Strategy, participated in the recycling stakeholder groups over the last three years, and every organization that has issued a public commitment to continue to help us reach the national goal.”

    They shared three key objectives of the draft National Recycling Strategy: 

    1. Reduce Contamination in Recycling: Reducing the percentage of the wrong materials in the recycling stream helps ensure clean recyclable materials, such as paper, glass or plastic, can be processed and made into new products. 
    2. Make Our Recycling Processing System More Efficient: Making our processing system more efficient will help more of the material that is intended to be recycled get recycled. 
    3. Strengthen the Economic Markets for Recycled Materials: Strengthening the economic markets for recycled materials will help manufacturers make more products using recycled materials and encourage demand from consumers for more products that are made with recycled materials.

    Read the full EPA press release here.

  • Wed, November 18, 2020 9:04 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    Press release from the Can Manufacturers Institute website:

    WASHINGTON – June 23, 2020 – New research powerfully underlines the value that aluminum used beverage cans (UBC) bring to America’s recycling system.  A study conducted by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) for the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Aluminum Beverage Can: Driver of the U.S. Recycling System, found that the relatively high value of UBCs make them essential to the country’s network of material recovery facilities (MRF). In fact, the report found that without the revenue from UBCs, most MRFs in the United States would not be able to operate without making significant changes that would ultimately affect the cost of recycling to consumers.

    The study further shows that MRFs can generate additional revenue from UBCs with investments in aluminum can recycling equipment. This equipment effectively and efficiently captures missorted cans and pays for itself in as short as one year, according to the new study released today. This equipment would increase MRF revenues by catching missorted, highly valuable UBCs.

    Read full press release here.

  • Fri, November 13, 2020 4:10 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    America Recycles Day is this Sunday, November 15th!

    America Recycles Day (ARD) is held every year on or around Nov. 15, with event organizers who educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events. Now in it's 23rd year, ARD is a Keep America Beautiful initiative, recognized by the US EPA on America Recycles Day 2019, and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. 

    Go to the America Recycles Day site where you can pledge to recycle, view a list of events around the country, or organize your own event.


    US EPA Events

    As part of America Recycles Day, the US EPA will be hosting it's America Recycles: Innovation Fair and Summit virtually on November 16–17, 2020. 

    See Agenda and Register

    The America Recycles: Innovation Fair, held November 16th, showcases recent advances in recycling technology, product development, and materials usage. Exhibitors will display new recyclable products, goods made from recycled content, innovative education and communication methods, or materials that promote more effective recycling, recycling and manufacturing research, and new technologies that are advancing recycling today and into the future.

    The America Recycles: Summit held on November 17th, brings together all organizations and individuals who are interested in making a difference in recycling in the United States. EPA plans to announce national recycling goals, provide an overview of its draft national recycling strategy, and facilitate engaging public and private sector discussions on advancing recycling.

  • Thu, October 29, 2020 3:02 PM | Tamara Kowalski

    We wanted to share with our members, partners, and colleagues, that STAR Executive Director Jordan Fengel will be leaving STAR on November 20th, 2020. He has accepted a position with another organization. His hard work and dedication to STAR, along with his expansive knowledge of the Texas recycling industry, have been an invaluable asset these last nearly three years. We are sad to see him go, but happy for him to have this new opportunity.

    The Board of Directors is actively seeking a replacement, and STAR will continue on with its mission of working to advance recycling in Texas. We will keep you informed of STAR's new executive director appointment once determined in the next few weeks.

    If you are interested in applying for the position, or know someone who might be, please see the job post here.


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