Upcoming events

    • Mon, January 06, 2020
    • Sat, February 29, 2020

    Applications for the STAR 2020 Bin Grant Program open Jan. 6!

    STAR's Bin Grant Program has been revamped! Our program is now sponsored by Busch Systems, whose support enables us to provide four grants to applicants this year. Schools, small businesses, and other entities, such as non-profits, can apply to receive up to $1,800 in brand new Busch Systems bins.

    STAR members get a 10-point boost in the scoring, so if you're not a member yet, apply now!

    Applications will be accepted through February 29, 2020.

    Visit our website Bin Grant Program page for more details and to apply.

    • Tue, February 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • online

     February 4, 2020 • 1–2 pm 


    Join us as STAR's Executive Director Jordan Fengel talks about the benefits of STAR membership & the perks of our new interactive website!

    Jordan will cover the various levels of support for STAR, the new website (how to log in, and the new forums and members-only areas) and briefly review the council/action group page. We'll end with time for Q&A.

    Free & open to the public. Register today!

    • Thu, February 06, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • online

     February 6, 2020 • 1–2 pm 


    STAR Council leaders and members are invited to join us for a webinar to learn about STAR Councils & Action Groups.

    Join STAR Executive Director Jordan Fengel as he goes over the definitions and organization of both groups, as well as how to host meetings, calls, webinars and events. He'll also briefly cover Council & Action Group finances, and the exciting perks of our new interactive website!

    • Tue, February 11, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • online


    Questions on recycling? You’re not alone.

    Recycling & Beyond Free Online Training
    Tuesday, February 11
    1:00-2:00 pm EST


    The recycling industry continues to be a growing but challenging industry to understand. Recycling impacts almost everyone, but there is often confusion over what it even means to recycle, and what happens to materials after they end up in the system.

    The TRUE rating system advocates for recyclable materials to achieve the highest and best use of their material value according to the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) zero waste hierarchy. Join this free online training to gain a deeper knowledge of the zero waste hierarchy, help your project achieve a higher performance for TRUE certification, and reduce your facility's overall waste. Get more information on end-use recycling markets and how your contributions help promote circularity.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the Recycling Credits in the TRUE Zero Waste rating system
    • Understand the concept of highest and best use and how to apply this to a TRUE project
    • Become more familiar with the zero waste hierarchy
    • Deeper understanding of the recycling process and end use markets

    • Thu, April 30, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, May 01, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Multiple Reuse Organizations in San Antonio
    • 46

    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?
    • Pearl Brewery Complex
    • Stella Education at Confluence Park
    • Spare Parts + Mini Art Museum
    • Project MEND warehouse
    • Goodwill San Antonio
    • H-E-B Recycling & Redistribution Center

    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 will work with a local hotel to secure a small room block for attendees. Booking details will be provided closer to the event date.

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Austin, TX 78714

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