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RECYCLING ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

Advancing recycling in Texas

aka State of Texas Alliance for Recycling   |   Austin, TX   |  www.recyclingstar.org

Mission

The mission of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) is to advance recycling through partnerships, education, and advocacy for the benefit of Texas. We will accomplish this by fostering communication and the exchange of information regarding recycling among professionals, organizations, governmental entities, and individuals; by complementing and coordinating recycling industry initiatives; and by acting as a clearinghouse of recycling resources.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Mr. Jordan Fengel

Main address

PO Box 142274

Austin, TX 787614 USA

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EIN

74-2550843

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

STAR is working to address the problem of a lack of recycling markets, an increase in contamination in the recycling stream, and addressing consumer confusion about recycling and composting.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Star Annual Texas Recycling and Sustainability Summit

The only state conference dedicated entirely to recycling and sustainability issues. Check out www.recyclingstar.org/summit for more details!

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Adults

The STAR Master Composter program is a training course for citizens to learn all about backyard composting and other environmentally friendly lawn care practices. Benefits include waste reduction, water conservation, pollution prevention and beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes. STAR will provide statewide administration for this program, while working with local communities to host and promote Master Composter trainings in their specific area. For more information please visit http://www.recyclingstar.org/yardwise/ or contact us at yardwise@recyclingstar.org.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
General/Unspecified

A consortium of industry representatives, led by STAR, sought to better understand and quantify the amount of recycling occurring in Texas in order to examine the economic, environmental, and policy issues of interest to businesses, citizens, and governmental entities in Texas. This statewide survey was a game-changer for recycling in Texas and was completed in 2014 and led to the successful formation of HB 2763 in the 84th Legislative Session which produced a state-led Economic Impact of Recycling report released in 2017.

Population(s) Served
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The Texas Compost Council Summit & Training is an annual workshop for industrial composters, which is hosted and put together by STAR’s Texas Compost Council. This is THE premier educational and networking event for industrial composters in Texas!

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

STAR provides educational opportunities for Texans to learn more about different aspects of the recycling industry through a webinar series. Some topics we’re considering touching on this year include product stewardship, sustainable materials management, international markets, tire recycling, and even more.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) – a group of stakeholders pushing to attain statewide recycling data for Texas – has put together a contract to move into the data-gathering phase of the project, expected to be complete by the end of 2014. This will be the first statewide recycling data survey in Texas in more than 20 years and will give us a benchmark about how much and what is being recycled, as well as any correlative economic data for the state.<br/><br/>This spring will see the official launch of the STAR Master Composter program, a training course for citizens to learn all about backyard composting and other environmentally friendly lawn care practices. Benefits include waste reduction, water conservation, pollution prevention and beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes. STAR will provide statewide administration for this program, while working with local communities to host and promote Master Composter trainings in their specific area. For more information please visit http://www.recyclingstar.org/yardwise/ or contact us at yardwise@recyclingstar.org. <br/><br/><br/>STAR Educational Webinar Series - STAR will continue to provide educational opportunities for Texans to learn more about different aspects of the recycling industry through a free webinar series. Some topics we’re considering touching on this year include product stewardship, sustainable materials management, international markets, tire recycling, and even more. Please see our calendar (http://www.recyclingstar.org/news-and-events/calendar.html) to see when the next webinar is scheduled and to register! <br/><br/>Paso del Norte: Scrap Tire Future Search Workshop -In March, a group of people representing various government agencies, private industry, and other environmental groups in both Texas and Mexico will meet in El Paso to develop actions to effectively manage scrap tires as a resource and not as waste. This workshop will provide strategies to keep scrap tires out of landfills, from being illegally dumped, and to develop end markets for chrome rubber in the Texas-Mexico border region. STAR is working alongside EPA Region 6, TCEQ and other groups to plan and host the workshop. Participation by invitation only. Contact the STAR office for more details.

STAR will accomplish our goals by setting timelines to meet milestones and operate programs effectively. Our webinars are planned to occur on a quarterly basis, or more frequently depending on subject material and presenter interest. We engage our membership base to join STAR council groups that operate at the local and subject-matter level enabling networking, tours, and other events. STAR also has a Strategic Plan that outlines how the board, STAR members, and staff will advance the organization forward to be the most effective in forwarding our mission work.

STAR is capable of meeting our goals through a variety of means. Our membership base of over 200 professionals enables us to effectively host meetings, workshops, and webinars that connect and educate Texans about recycling. Through the use of an interactive website, STAR is able to provide a repository of valuable connections and data that can assist municipalities, companies, and individuals with the tools necessary to advance recycling in Texas. Additionally, STAR employs a full-time Executive Director and a part-time Communications Coordinator to manage the programs and outreach. STAR also utilizes interns from local higher education facilities.

To know how effective our programs and outreach are, STAR keeps various performance indicators. Our Master Composter program is maintained to track how many citizens are trained each year, as well as the input of volunteer time by each citizen; volunteers have logged in over 1,000 hours of service over the program's operation. STAR looks at member retention numbers per month as well as the donor contributions from cities and

2019 was an exciting and productive year for the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR). On the education and outreach side of things, we continued our webinar series and have hosted free webinars covering a variety of topics such as rural recycling, influencing behavior change, the circular economy, and reducing food waste. We also facilitated trainings for our Master Composter program to enable citizens to learn about backyard composting, water conservation, and other environmentally friendly lawn and garden practices. Our large annual networking and educational event, the Texas Recycling and Sustainability Summit, took place in San Antonio in October and featured a variety of speakers talking about pertinent industry topics and future measures on the horizon. STAR, along with the Texas Compost Council, hosted its 19th Annual Compost Summit in October, which is a training workshop for industrial mulch and compost facility operators. In November, STAR partnered with the Glass Recycling Coalition to host a Texas Glass Recycling workshop, where a number of speakers discussed how to implement successful glass recycling and reuse programs. On the policy side of things, the STAR Business Council developed and passed successful legislation with SB 649. This bill will be the first statewide recycling end-market development plan in Texas in more than 25 years and will provide recommendations that the State of Texas can provide to support and grow the Texas recycling industry, as well as any correlative economic data for the state.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RECYCLING ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jason McCombs

Austin Resource Recovery


Board co-chair

Mr. Jason Keller

United Electronic Recycling

Wendy Chance

Quest Resource Management

Jason McCombs

Austin Resource Recovery

Betsy Dorn

on behalf of Tetra Pak

Amy Kirwin

City of San Marcos

Heather Douglas

Robert Trevino Jr.

City of McAllen

Tim Warren

Call2Recycle

John Dunlap

Pratt Industries

Lola Lee-Amador

TxDOT

Jeremy Starritt

City of Frisco

Joan Meeks

Commodity Recycling Solutions

Ken May

CAPCOG

Jason Keller

United Electronic Recycling

Andrea Rodriguez

FCC Environmental

Paul Kuhar

Champion Waste & Recycling

Allen Butcher

Keywords

Recycling, Education, Advocacy