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  • Tue, January 28, 2020 11:20 AM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    The Reuse Council of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Texas Reuse Contest

    This is the second year the Council has organized the Reuse Contest, in which contestants design and create new objects from materials diverted from landfills. Winners receive certificates, tickets to reuse tours, and gift cards redeemable at reuse stores.

    The National Reuse Contest, held by the Reuse People of America, was discontinued in 2017. Since then, however, due to popular demand in the Lone Star State, the Texas Reuse Contest lives on!

    The 2019 winners are:

    Individual Construction & Remodeling

    1st Place: Cynthia Piro, Houston, Custom Designed 8'x10' Tree House

    2nd Place: Izzy Plunkett, Houston, Hurricane Harvey Recovery Through Public Art Project

    3rd Place: Tim Wermond, Austin, Ultra-Modern Contemporary Bathroom Renovation

    Individual Art, Fashion, & Furniture

    1st Place: Oscar Rangel, Houston, Giant Nutcracker

    2nd Place: Yureisly Suarez, Austin, End Tables Made from Granite Sink Cutouts

    3rd Place: Steve Stelzer, Houston, Armoire Lamp Made from Reused Materials

    Businesses and Organizations

    1st Place: Dottie Moore, Houston, Encourager Church Limitless Camp Stage Show

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    We thank all of this year’s contestants for submitting their projects:

    Vivian Brewster, Onalaska; Alan Montemayor, San Antonio; Shauntrice Nash, Denton; Husani Sallah, Houston; Vernon Berger, Austin; Mary Buonamici, Austin; Maddie Burton, Austin; Kenn Coplan, Houston; April Garcia, Austin; Ellen Gilgore, Denton; Alicia Kahn, Houston; Brianna Minks, Austin; Kiki Neumann, Houston; Melissa Rothrock, Austin, Melinda Rushing, Burleson; Christine Schumaker, Denton; Becky Wilkes, Asle; and Gabriela Williams, Garland.

    Our distinguished judges this year were:

    Madhav Acharya; Ahshia Berry; Karen Lantz, AIA; Dan Phillips; Page Piland; Amy Reed; Stacy Savage; and Sarah-Jayne Smith.


  • Fri, December 20, 2019 3:51 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

    While the holiday season brings friends and family together for fun, food and gifts, it also brings a lot of waste. As our partners at the Recycling Partnership have noted, research at Stanford University found that, "Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of the year"—which amounts to 25 million tons of extra garbage! To help you curb your contribution to this added waste, we offer some tips below for recycling your holiday cheer.

    WRAPPING AND PACKAGING
    (WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT—OR BETTER YET, REUSE!)

    • Cardboard Boxes: Reuse or recycle in your usual recycling bin
    • Wrapping Paper: Only paper-based wrapping paper is recyclable & can be put in your recycling bin. If it is laminated, has foil, is shiny or metallic, it is not recyclable (most wrapping paper is NOT recyclable).
    • Ribbons & Bows: Are NOT recyclable, but very reusable!
    • Holiday Cards: Only plain paper cards are recyclable. If there is any non-paper decoration on them, such as foil or glitter, they are NOT recyclable.
    • Live Christmas Trees: Many communities organize drop-off stations for trees after the holidays, while some even offer curbside pickup (Austin & Dallas, for example). All decorations should be removed first. Check your city or town's website for locations.
    • Holiday Lights: Old and broken string lightcannot be put in your recycling bin (they are tanglers!), but several communities accept them at special drop-off locations. (Austin's Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center is one; and the City of Georgetown has set up three special recycling drop-off stations).
    • Tissue Paper, Packing Peanuts, and Foam Wrapping Sheets: None of these are recyclable, unfortunately, but they are very reusable!
    • Bubble Wrap: Can be recycled ONLY at participating grocery or retail stores that collect plastic film and bags (HEB, Target, Walmart, to name a few). It cannot be put in your recycling bin, as it is a tangler that needs to be handled separately.
    • Styrofoam packaging: Many communities have drop-off locations for polystyrene and polyethylene ("styrofoam") containers—the kind used in electronics shipping; coolers; etc. Some, like Austin's Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center, even accept foam take-out containers (rinsed of food). Check your community's website for locations.

    MORE TIPS FROM THE RECYCLING PARTNERSHIP

    The Recycling Partnership has a series of holiday blogs that will help you reduce, reuse, and recycle this holiday season! Check them out below:
    1. Green Holiday Decorating Tips and Tricks
    2. Your Guide to a Green Holiday Party
    3. Your Guide to Green Holiday Gifting


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  • Thu, December 05, 2019 4:08 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)
    Read the article, "The State of Recycling in Texas," written by STAR Executive Director Jorden Fengel, in TCEQ's "Take Care of Texas" blog.
  • Thu, December 05, 2019 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    As STAR supports and promotes the SWEEP Standard, we would like everyone to take advantage of being a part of this industry-changing initiative!

    It is free to join the National Consensus Committee to participate in the commenting and voting of the SWEEP Standard!

    Only 10 Days Left to Vote

    on SWEEP Pilot Draft Standard

    Here's how to do it:

    Step 1: Join the National Consensus Committee (NCC) (we will never share your info!)

    Step 2: Review the Standard,

    Step 3: Comment on the Standard

    Step 4Vote (Once you are a member of the NCC, you will receive access to the ballot)

    Visit the SWEEP Website


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