Greenstar Recycling FAQ
The cat's out of the bag: The Dynamo will announce Greenstar Recycling as their official partner and jersey sponsor on Tuesday. Because the name may not be familiar to many fans, here’s some basic
information to get you up to speed on Greenstar Recycling:
Q: What is Greenstar Recycling?
A: Greenstar is one of the United States’ recycling leaders.
Its North American operations are based in Houston,
and it has helped communities across Texas
and other parts of the country kick-start recycling programs. Other waste
management companies are focused on profiting from landfill or mill business,
with recycling a small component of their operations. In comparison, Greenstar
is solely dedicated to recycling.
In Texas, Greenstar has
helped to increase recycling in Austin (75
percent), San Antonio (200 percent), and Dallas (300 percent). To
establish Houston as a leader in recycling,
Greenstar has launched the first single-stream recycling services in Houston, a major
innovation in recycling for the city.
Company information is available at www.GreenstarRecycling.com.
Q: Where is the company located?
A: Greenstar is based in Houston,
with five recycling facilities in Texas
that include the largest recycling facility in the state. Greenstar has more
than 10,000 other serviced locations throughout the U.S.
Greenstar’s parent company is Ireland-based NTR, one of the world’s leading
renewable energy and recycling companies.
Q: What does Greenstar’s presence in Houston consist of?
A: The Houston presence
includes Greenstar’s corporate headquarters and its main processing facility,
located at 1200 Brittmoore in west Houston.
Greenstar recently became the first recycler to launch single-stream recycling
services locally. Single-stream allows participants to combine all recyclables
into one bin, increasing convenience for participating households and
businesses. On December 15, Greenstar Recycling will host the grand opening of
its enhanced facility, with Houston Mayor Annise Parker cutting the ceremonial
ribbon. The facility upgrades include new technologies to automate the sorting
process so that materials come in mixed but end up cleanly separated, baled,
and ready for sale as input for new products.
Q: Where did the name, ‘Greenstar’ come from?
A: The name came from Greenstar’s commitment to the
environment. The company name serves as a constant reminder that recycling is
an important choice, not only because it saves money, but also because it is
the right choice for the planet. Purple is Greenstar’s distinctive corporate
color, and it represents Greenstar’s passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to
recycling in local communities.
Q: How does Greenstar Recycling live up to its green pledge?
A: Greenstar is part of a broader
environmental solution to preserve resources, secure energy supplies, and
reduce climate change. Greenstar reduces emissions through recycling and helping
its customers do the same. By recycling two million tons per year, Greenstar
reduces emissions by over six million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
(MTCO2E). That is the emissions equivalent of removing more than million
cars from the nation's roads each year.
Q: What are the economic benefits of improved recycling
services in Houston?
will benefit in three ways: new jobs, greater efficiency, and reduced costs:
- Jobs: New
green-collar jobs will be created as Greenstar’s main facility is upgraded
and volumes increase. Instead of being dumped in a landfill, each ton of
recycling that is diverted creates new opportunity for value.
Instead of having to pre-sort materials into various bins or take a trip
to a recycling center, curbside single-stream programs accept al
recyclable materials into one large bin collected at homes or offices.
Disposal costs are reduced as recyclables are pulled out of the trash.
Q: How can I support Greenstar?
A: According to CEO Matt Delnick, the best way for Dynamo
fans to support Greenstar is to “get with your local council or mayor or
decision-makers for that entity and push them to recycle.” Fans can also call
Greenstar to start a recycling program in an office. Greenstar is supporting
Mayor Parker’s Green Office Challenge, a friendly competition to encourage
businesses to make Houston
a greener place to live and work. Companies can sign up at HoustonGOC.org. Fans
can also follow Greenstar Recycling on Twitter via @GreenstarRecycl.
Q: Where can I get the new Dynamo jersey with the Greenstar
A: New jerseys are not yet available in stores, but fans who
pre-order jerseys through Soccer-4-All and pay in full get a 10-percent
discount on the final price. Full distribution will be available prior to MLS
First Kick 2011.