** 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, August 17, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tue, October 20, 2020
    • (CDT)

    Submit Your Reuse Project in this Year's Texas Reuse Contest!

    Apply Here

    We are looking for the best reuse projects done in 2020 — and we know we have all had a lot of time at home for projects this year!

    There are two categories open to individuals and businesses:

    • Best Construction and Remodeling Project of 2020
    • Best Art, Fashion and Furniture Project of 2020
    Applications are open August 17th - October 20th, 2020. 

    The First Place winner for each category will receive free admission (2 passes each) to the 2021 Texas Reuse Tour (dates and locations TBD), a Certificate of Achievement, and of course, bragging rights!

    Second Place winners will receive Certificates of Achievement (and also bragging rights!).

    • Tue, September 29, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    STAR Reuse Council General Meeting

    September 29, 2020 | 2:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join the STAR Reuse Council for a special bi-monthly general meeting with guest speakers! Reuse Council general meetings are held regularly on the first Tuesday of every other month, from 2–3 pm. Non-members are invited to attend.

    This meeting will feature Ted Lechner, Sr. Reverse Logistics Leader at H-E-B, who will present on their Reverse Distribution and Reuse Center in San Antonio. 

    We'll also hear from Austin Resource Recovery's Natalie Betts as she presents on her circular economy internship in Germany last year!

    Attendees will be placed in the Zoom waiting room before being accepted into the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact STAR:

    Join Zoom Meeting with your computer:

    Meeting ID: 881 4702 5930

    Dial by your location for phone audio - either number can be used:

    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

    +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

    Meeting ID: 881 4702 5930

    Find your local number:

    • Mon, October 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Fri, October 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Virtual Event

    2020 Texas Recycling & Composting Summit

    See more details on our Summit page!

    Submit your Auction Item Donation here

    This year's Summit will be hosted virtually Oct. 5th–9th! 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!

Past events

Tue, September 15, 2020 STAR Reuse Council Webinar: The State of Fashion Reuse in 2020
Thu, September 03, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Mon, August 31, 2020 2020 Future Leader Scholarship — Applications Now Open!
Thu, August 13, 2020 2020 North Texas Environmental Leadership Awards
Wed, August 12, 2020 STAR Central Texas Council "Recycling Processors" Webinar
Thu, August 06, 2020 STAR Business Council General Meeting
Tue, August 04, 2020 STAR Reuse Council General Meeting
Thu, July 16, 2020 STAR North Texas Webinar: The Impacts of COVID-19 on North Texas Recycling Programs
Wed, July 15, 2020 South Central Texas Glass Recycling Workshop
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
Mon, June 01, 2020 Texas Recycling Market Development Plan Survey—Closing Soon!
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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