** The STAR Master Composter "Train-the Trainer" Program is currently on hold. The STAR Compost Council is revising the materials used and updating the requirements for Master Composter Certification. The program should be up and running by April of 2020. For more information, send us an email:

STAR Master Composter is a community based program of citizen education and volunteer development to promote cost-effective and environmentally responsible yard care practices, with backyard composting as its main focus.

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) serves as a statewide administrator for this program and can provide resources and technical assistance to communities hosting Master Composter training events.

STAR also hosts regional opportunities for members to become Community Coordinators, as well as Master Composter Instructors! Check our events calendar to see when and where the next event will be held. 

Upcoming events

    • Mon, June 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Mon, August 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • online

    Download Press Release

    Study and Plan Will Examine Current Recycling Economy in Texas, Discover Opportunities for Growth & Propose Action

    Recycling Market Development Plan creates comprehensive educational campaign to cover economics of recycling in Texas, highlight businesses involved, and reduce contamination.

    AUSTIN, TEXAS – A statewide survey will be launched on June 1st, 2020, that seeks to document recycling and the use of recyclables in manufacturing in Texas, as well as evaluate multiple recycling economic issues in greater detail. Survey results will be used to develop a Recycling Market Development Plan, which will provide recommendations for Texas policy makers to utilize the economic, environmental and policy issues of interest to Texas businesses, citizens, and governmental agencies.

    The effort is the result of a bill passed in the 86th Texas legislative session (Senate Bill 649), which requires the creation of a Recycling Market Development Plan to take an updated look at the economics of the recycling industry in Texas and provide details about the current and needed infrastructure to manage the state’s recyclables. The Plan will also provide various recommendations on how to support and grow the Texas recycling industry. An educational campaign will also be developed to highlight the economic benefits of recycling, the companies in Texas utilizing recycled feedstock, and contamination reduction messaging.

    "Senate Bill 649 is an important step toward fostering the continued growth of recycling in Texas. The new law will help promote and expand markets for recyclable materials in our state, protect and create jobs in the industry, and educate consumers to recycle properly and reduce contamination," said Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, the bill's author. "This survey will ensure the Recycling Market Development Plan is grounded in fact, not supposition, and I highly encourage all interested stakeholders to participate."

    Through a competitive bidding process, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) retained engineering and environmental consulting firm Burns and McDonnell to complete the project.

    Burns and McDonnell previously worked to complete and release the Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling (SEIR) in 2017. The Recycling Market Development Plan will utilize the methodology of SEIR, with a focus on the economic impacts of the recycling industry in Texas, and additionally develop a plan to stimulate the use of recycled materials, as well as a comprehensive educational campaign about recycling and contamination reduction.

    “The Recycling Market Development Plan will build on the successful foundation of the Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling. We invite recyclers and manufacturers from throughout the supply chain to participate in this year’s effort, as their help will be essential to develop resilient, future-looking recycling markets for Texas-generated materials,” said Scott Pasternak, Burns & McDonnell Senior Project Manager, who led the SEIR effort and is now managing the Recycling Market Development Plan.

    The survey released on June 1st, 2020, will be a collaborative and voluntary process with recycling processors and end markets to collect information on recyclable materials diverted from the municipal solid waste (MSW) and industrial solid waste streams. The Study and Plan seek to assess current recycling efforts, identify methods to increase recycling, and recommend state-level mechanisms to support infrastructure needs that will result in increased job creation and a more robust materials recovery industry in Texas.

    Since the Recycling Market Development Plan will request recycling and economic data from private recycling companies, Burns and McDonnell will take every measure allowed by law to protect confidentiality and will have non-disclosure agreements available for survey participants.

    “The data we gather is imperative to the construction of the recycling market development plan. The resulting plan will help us build a stronger, more circular materials management system in Texas, and that means more jobs and revenue for Texas cities and businesses,” said STAR Executive Director Jordan Fengel.

    The confidential online survey released on June 1st, 2020, will allow participants to report their recycling data for the 2019 calendar year. The survey closes August 31st, 2020. The results will be included in the TCEQ report, “Municipal Solid Waste in Texas: A Year in Review.” Participation is crucial for the Plan to be successful. Burns and McDonnell encourages industry representatives and recyclers across Texas to contribute to this effort and to help spread the word through their various professional networks.

    For more information about the project, please visit


    Want to know how you can help? Head to to learn more about this effort and to see how your company can participate!

    • Wed, July 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • online


    The Alamo Area Council of Governments is partnering with the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling and the Glass Recycling Coalition to host a 2.5-hour webinar about glass recycling in South Central Texas.

    Join us virtually on July 15th, 2020, from 10 am – 12:30 pm for a regional discussion to advance glass recycling across South Central Texas. Industry experts will explore existing glass collection/recycling infrastructure in the region and highlight successful regional glass recycling programs from across the nation.

    We’ll end with a discussion about how the South Central Texas region can accelerate glass recycling in a cost effective manner by adopting, and where needed, modifying other successful regional glass recycling efforts to fit our region’s unique needs.

    This webinar is open to the public at large and is intended for city/county staff, elected officials, solid waste industry professional, and other stakeholders from across the South Central Texas region.

    • Thu, July 16, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • via GoToWebinar

    Join the STAR North Texas Council as we host four different cities to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 upon their programs, operations, and how they are continuing recycling in the midst of a pandemic. 

    Attendees will hear from representatives from the City of Garland, City of Grand Prairie, City of Allen, and the City of Denton. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentations and a recording of the event posted on the STAR website. 

    Register Here

    • Tue, August 04, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    STAR Reuse Council General Meeting

    August 4, 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 Jordan Fengel ( for information about how to join the call. 

    • Mon, October 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Wed, October 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Virtual Event

    This year's Summit will be hosted virtually Oct. 5–7th! We are bringing you as close as possible to an in-person event through our fantastic virtual conference platform. 

    Visit exhibitors face-to-face virtually, participate in our online raffle, bid on incredible auction items, and hear from top-notch industry professionals covering pertinent topics in our industry. This will not be just another Zoom webinar, it will be an amazing virtual conference experience! 

    This will be the biggest and best Summit yet, as we are — for the first time ever — combining our two annual conferences: Recycling Summit and Composting Summit!

    Prices, agenda, and more will be released soon. 

    Submit your proposal to be a speaker at Summit this year!

Past events

Thu, July 02, 2020 STAR Business Council General 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
Fri, May 29, 2020 2020 Texas Environmental Leadership Awards
Thu, May 21, 2020 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 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 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 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 Webinar: Best Management Practices for Community Composting
Tue, March 31, 2020 SPC Impact 2020 - CANCELED
Tue, March 24, 2020 Webinar: Recycling Industry Secrets: Critical Factors That Impact Bin Selection
Thu, March 19, 2020 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
Tue, February 11, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Tue, February 11, 2020 Recycling and Beyond: Core Concepts Online Training
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 Register now for the FREE 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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