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The STAR North Texas Recycling Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals, communities, and businesses for developing or maintaining programs involving recycling and other sustainability efforts in North Texas.

This year’s guest speaker was Ron Sherga, the founder and CEO of EcoStrate, who has extensive experience in the fields of recycling, energy recovery, and sustainable solutions. Sherga’s presentation on the circular economy explains why it is important to have a circular economy and breaks down on the different barriers and possible solutions to help this process overcome its struggling start.

Download and view his presentation here.

The winners and honorable mentioned for each award are as follows:


North Texas Volunteer of the Year

  • Winner: Joseph James
  • Honorable Mention: Karen McDaniels

STAR North Texas Volunteer of the Year

  • Winner: Bharati Maskey

Distinguished Greenscape Project

  • Winner: City of Balch Springs

Excellence in Environmental Public Education & Outreach Program

  • Winner: City of Grand Prairie Solid Waste and Recycling
  • Honorable Mention: City of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling

Outstanding Environmental Youth Education & Outreach

  • Winner: City of Azle

Outstanding Integrated Solid Waste Management Program

  • Winner: Town of Little Elm
  • Honorable Mention: Safran

Outstanding Recycling Special Event

  • Winner:Keep Murphy Beautiful
  • Winner: Fort Worth Near Southside & Trashbusters
  • Honorable Mention: Town of Addison

Outstanding Recycling Partnership

  • Winner: Environmental Co-op & Kaufman County
  • Honorable Mention: Keep Allen Beautiful, City of Allen & CWD

Outstanding Composting Program

  • Winner: City of Arlington Master Composter Program

Excellence in Construction and Demolition Debris Reuse/Recycling

  • Winner: Champion Waste & Recycling
  • Honorable Mention: City of Denton

Congratulations to all of our winners and honorable mentioned!


Huge thank you to everyone to who participated, sponsored the event, nominated programs, and of course to the North Texas area for all your hard work and dedication to these programs and helping to increase recycling and sustainability in Texas! Good luck to each of you at the Environmental Leadership Awards at Summit!

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The North Texas Steering Committee at the North Texas Recycling Leadership Awards on August 11, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.