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STAR is dedicated to not only advancing recycling in Texas, but also educating Texans about their state’s own recycling industry. We host regular free webinars featuring experts on a wide range of topics, including – municipal recycling programs, hard-to-recycle materials, and so much more!

Recent Webinars:

  • Borrowing Beyond Books: Unconventional Libraries– This webinar was presented by our STAR Reuse Council. Libraries have been bringing reuse to communities big and small since the time of Ben Franklin by allowing neighbors to share books, media, and knowledge. But libraries can help us share much more than that! This webinar features creative libraries that are enabling reuse of unconventional items like tools, seeds, and clothing. Listen to the webinar here.
  • Plastics Terminology: What Goes Where– This webinar was presented in partnership with the American Chemistry Council on the importance of consistent education and outreach to residents on plastics terminology and how it affects contamination levels and recycling rates. Speakers include: Tonya Randall–More Recycling, Hannah Allen– NCTCOG, Murray Myers and Chris Harper– City of Fort Worth. Listen to the presentation here. If you would like a copy of the slides, please email [email protected]
  • Materials Exchanges– This webinar was presented in partnership with the STAR Reuse Council on how materials exchanges work, what challenges they face, and the successes they’ve achieved. In this webinar you’ll hear from small-scale to state-wide exchange operators working across a variety of material and resource types. Speakers include Daniel Kietzer with the USBCDC, Sarah Gamble with the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Materials Exchange, Keith Koski with the City of Houston Reuse Warehouse, and Josh Adler, CEO of Sourcewater. Listen to the presentation here. If you would like a copy of the slides, please email [email protected]
  • Three-State Local Policy– This webinar was presented in partnership with the Colorado Association for Recycling, the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, and the Carton Council as part of the STAR Educational Webinar series. Learn about how local governments implement policies, which policies improve recycling and participation, best practices, and what policy tools are available to implement in your community. Speakers included Debbie Branch- City of Fort Worth, TX, Tyler Bendermer- City of Loveland, CO, and Jill Holbert- City of Albuquerque, NM. Download the slides here, or view and listen to the presentation here.
  • Landfill Capacity & Implications–This webinar was presented by Michael Carleton, project manager for engineering firm Arredondo, Zepeda & Brunz as part of the STAR Educational Webinar series. Because of increasing population and economic growth in Texas, billions are being invested in the state’s transportation and water infrastructure. Is the same investment being made in our state’s solid waste management infrastructure, and if not, what are the consequences? The webinar focuses on how continued growth and waste generation patterns are affecting future disposal capacity in four major regions of the state. Download the presentation here, or view the slides here.
  • The Results on ‘The Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling’– This webinar was presented on America Recycles Day to discuss and present the results of the ‘Study on the EconomicImpacts of Recycling’ in Texas – which was conducted by the TCEQ and built off the methodologies of previous recycling studies completed in Texas. The results of the study was presented by Project Manager Scott Pasternak with Burns & McDonnell. Download and listen to the presentation here, or download just the slides here.
  • Innovative Reuse Business Models– We know that Reuse is one of the R’s and has a place above Recycling on the waste hierarchy, but what does the business of reuse look like? What are the successful reuse business models beyond the traditional thrift or resale operation? Speakers will share leading national models for making reuse work for the bottom line through creative repurposing, repair, resale, and remanufacturing. Register to hear how these organizations bring in revenue, control costs, create partnerships, and compete in the marketplace to make reuse financially sustainable. Speakers include Madeline James, Deputy Director of the Scrap Exchange, Julia Bluff, Director of Advocacy at iFitit, and Cory Skuldt, MBA candidate and Sustainability Consultant at FisherFound. Download and view the webinar here.
  • Managing Hard-to-Recycle Items through Innovative Partnerships: The Staples/TerraCycle Story– This webinar was presented by Ken Perdue of Staples, and Rhandi Goodman of TerraCycle on June 20. TerraCycle is helping businesses achieve “zero waste” by recycling the “non-recyclable” or hard-to-recycle items. By partnering with major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses, TerraCycle is able to provide end-use markets for items such as: cigarette butts, plastic gloves, used PPE, and more. In this webinar, learn about how Staples is helping spread TerraCycle’s work diverting waste from landfills by partnering with the company and promoting their zero waste boxes. This program allows customers to recycle a range of items, including candy and snack wrappers, cleaning supplies, writing utensils, and more. These materials are then turned into items like benches, bicycle racks, watering cans, and other items. Download and view this webinar here.
  • Zero Waste Events: Best Practices & Case Studies– This webinar showcases best practices and real-life examples of how to run successful zero-waste events. Three different communities and one waste hauler share their experiences, advice, and best practices– which is particularly helpful as many communities are gearing up to host Earth Day events. Watch this webinar here.
  • Recyclebank–Educating, Promoting, and Inspiring Residents to Apply the 3 R’s– This webinar was presented by Diane Doster, Director of Community Solution Sales at Recyclebank on February 7. For more than 12 years, Recyclebank has been working toward a waste-free future by focusing on the real-world impact of inspiring and motivating individuals. As the first rewards-for-recycling program of its kind, it introduced the principles of a circular economy to a mainstream audience. By partnering with communities and a variety of brands, Recyclebank leverages its Marketing-as-a-Service and behavior change platform to educate and incentivize citizens to make better purchasing and disposal habits. Doster shares details about the Recyclebank program, and how it has evolved over the past five years, as well as a few case examples for both large and small municipalities and various program options depending on a community’s solid waste infrastructure, technology and goals. View the webinar and recording here.
  • History of Municipal Solid Waste Management in the U.S.– Chuck Rivette, Director of Planning and Project Development at Waste Management, presented this webinar on the History of Municipal Solid Waste Management in the U.S. on Thursday, September 8th. Recycling and Disposal have an interconnected relationship weaved by the threads of economics and regulations. Rivette gives a brief timeline of waste management in the U.S. dating back to 1895, when the NYC Cleaning Commission first organized municipal collection started, to the first landfills, to the forming of EPA, to Congress’ eventual involvement, to modern day landfills, recycling and regulations, to what the future of landfills and waste management holds. Download the presentation here or take a listen with this link.
  • Planning for a Disaster: Debris Management After a Storm– Featuring Anne Cabrera and John Buri from the Post Disaster Programs at Tetra Tech, the webinar dives into coordinating debris removal efforts and understanding “best practices” and case studies associated with disaster debris management. This presentation is based on lessons learned and a best practices approach to disaster response and recovery. Slideshow presentation is available here.
  • STAR, in partnership with Tetra Pak North America, hosted a three-part webinar series in November 2015 that identified opportunities for expanding recycling in Texas and highlighted successful municipal recycling programs, both in and outside of the state. Each of the webinars focused on particular tools for moving material recovery forward in three key areas: infrastructure, policy, and education/communication. Slideshow presentations and videos from the webinar series are available here.
  • Recycling Opportunities in Challenging Places – Featuring Andee Chamberlain from Texas Parks and Wildlife and Rachel Hering from Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance (CTRA), the webinar explored some of the barriers and best practices to setting up and executing successful recycling programs in challenging places, including rural areas of Texas and our state parks.

The slideshow presentations from the webinar are available here:

Recycling Opportunities in Challenging Places by Rachel Hering

Recycling in Texas State Parks by Andee Chamberlain

  • Community Engagement and Education – We partnered with Keep America Beautiful to tell the story of their “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign. We also brought in Barbara McConnell from ‘my-waste’ Technology Solutions to talk about the unique challenges and opportunities involved in reaching the millennial generation.

Missed the webinar? You can look back through both presentations by clicking the links below:

I Want to be Recycled: National Recycling PSA Campaign

Will the Millennial Generation Spell the End of Recycling?