** 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

    • Tue, April 07, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • online

    STAR Reuse Council General Meeting

    April 7, 2020 | 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join the STAR Reuse Council for their monthly general meeting. (Note new time!) These will regularly be held on the first Tuesday of every other month, from 2–3 pm. Non-members are invited to attend.

    To join in:

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 551 654 761

    Or if calling in by phone: 

    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

    Or find your local number.

    • Thu, April 23, 2020
    • Sun, April 26, 2020
    • Fair Park, Dallas, TX

    EXPO – APRIL 24-26


    FILM – APRIL 17-26

    EarthxConference is a series of conferences that convene for the purpose of cultivating relationships and forming partnerships between mission-driven advocates, investors, accelerators, researchers and other concerned world citizens. The conference goals are to educate, promote and instigate activities that sustain environmental initiatives with a substantial, positive impact on all living things and on our planet.

    STAR's own Executive Director Jordan Fengel will be speaking at the Conference! Check back here for details.

    EXPO is a major annual public event held around Earth Day in April to celebrate progress, hope, and innovation. Topping 137,000 in 2018, it has grown to become the largest event in the world of its kind. EXPO-Earthx2019 brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts along with live music, art and food. EarthX creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning.

    • Thu, April 30, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, May 01, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Multiple Reuse Organizations in San Antonio
    • 19

    STAR has decided to cancel all in-person meetings, including any council-related events, such as the Texas Reuse Tour, until further notice.

    We are working with the Reuse Council, the tour locations and hotel and will reset the Texas Reuse Tour for this summer. We will keep members and attendees apprised of any new developments through email and postings on our website.

    We ask that registered attendees:

    Cancel their individual respective hotel reservations to ensure reservations are canceled accurately.

    If you have a paid registration, we are offering the following options:


    Please join the STAR Reuse Council for the 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Tour, this year visiting San Antonio, April 30 - May 1!

    What? 2020 STAR Reuse Council tour of San Antonio! Join us for the 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Tour, as we spend 1.5 days visiting local reuse businesses, sharing knowledge and networking among reuse professionals from across the state. For the first Texas Reuse Tour, we checked out awesome businesses and buildings in Houston, and last year we had an amazing time visiting multiple locations involved in reuse in Ft. Worth. This year, we head to San Antonio, home of the Alamo, to scope out the fantastic people and places involved in material reuse!

    When? Thursday, April 30 (all day) and Friday, May 1 (half-day)

    Who? Professionals in the reuse, circular economy, or zero waste field, students, or any other individuals interested in expanding their reuse knowledge.

    Why attend? Last year we had over 20 professionals from across the state gather in Ft. Worth. Come discover what San Antonio has to offer and what ideas you may be able to bring home!

    • Tour 7+ reuse businesses of varying size, function, and mission to understand challenges, successes, operating processes for each business
    • Exchange ideas and network with professionals from private and public sectors involved with reuse activities
    • Hear from participants in a reuse panel during lunch on April 30
    • Brainstorm with industry professionals on adaptive reuse, growing reuse and art, and other topics
    Where are the tours?
    • Goodwill San Antonio
    • H-E-B Recycling & Redistribution Center
    • Project MEND warehouse
    • Estela Avery Education Center at Confluence Park + Spare Parts/Mini Museum (onsite)
    • Pearl Brewery Complex 

    Registration info! 

    • $50 for STAR Members
    • $60 for non-STAR members

    What's included in registration?

    • All-day transportation on April 30, an opportunity for continued networking throughout the day, tours of multiple reuse businesses, and lunch. 
    • May 1 access to additional reuse tour locations in the morning via self or carpool transportation (recommended); lunch is not included on May 1. 

    Traveling from out of town? We have a small room block for attendees at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel for Wednesday, April 29th, and Thursday the 30th, with check out on May 1st. The special rate is $105/night. Reservation details will be announced soon!

    • Thu, May 21, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • online

    Food Waste Reduction Webinar – May 21, 1 p.m. eastern

    In this webinar, co-hosted by NERC & NEWMOA, presenters from ReFED and the Harvard University Food Law and Policy Clinic will share the latest ideas and information on reducing wasted food and recovering and diverting what can't be reduced.  Topics that will be covered include new tools and information from ReFED and on date labeling of food.

    Register Here

    • Mon, October 05, 2020
    • Wed, October 07, 2020
    • Austin, TX

    SAVE THE DATE! This year's Summit will be hosted in Austin on Oct. 5–7th!

    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 Compost Summit!

    ⭐ Check back here for more information and registration details in the coming months. 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

Past events

Thu, April 02, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, March 31, 2020 Webinar: Best Management Practices for Community Composting
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 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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