Summer 2019
Apply for Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards 
2018 Environmental Star of Excellence winner in the Corporate Campus category
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Do you and your team want to share your company’s environmental efforts with the entire city? Do you know a business that consistently saves our earth’s resources through extraordinary recycling or environmental education efforts? Now’s the time to put pen to paper because the City of Plano’s nomination period for the Environmental Star of Excellence business awards is open. Nominate your company or another Plano business.

The six business categories are:
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Corporate Campus
  • Green Construction
  • Small Business
  • Multi-family
  • Green Business. 

Nominations are due Monday, July 8 . Once nominated, a commercial recycling coordinator contacts the appropriate company representative to gather details about their environmental achievements. Along with business awards, the City honors individuals who exhibit outstanding environmental leadership as well as schools and community organizations. Winners will be recognized at the 2019 annual Environmental Community Awards luncheon at The Hope Center on Sept. 10.
Recycling Facility Reopens
On April 8, Republic Services celebrated opening the “Next Gen” Recycling Facility and Learning Center in Plano. The long-awaited reopening comes after the recycling facility burned in December 2016.
 
The 77,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility serves more than 510,000 residents and businesses across the DFW Metroplex, including Plano and neighboring cities. Republic Services Vice President of Recycling and Sustainability Pete Keller said, “We are pleased to partner with the City of Plano to assist in education that ensures only empty, clean and dry recyclables enter their recycling containers.” 

Materials sort in milliseconds with optical sorters, next-generation anti-wrap fiber screens and other innovative technologies to process tons of recyclable materials daily. The Plano facility features a 5,000-square-foot interactive Learning Center to educate consumers through first-hand views of the recycling process from an observation deck.

Schedule a tour of the recycling facility by contacting Republic Services at 972-422-2341 or RecyclePlano@RepublicServices.com .
E-Waste Recycling Fits Like a Glove
The Hope Center , host to over 40 dynamic Christian ministries, has held an onsite electronics recycling (E-waste) event semiannually for the past 3 years.

Partnering with Green Glove IT Recycling, they held an Earth Day E-waste collection. The event netted over a ton of materials comprised of monitors, hard drives, cell phone s and small appliances. Their 3-year collaboration with Green Glove has resulted in 7,387 pounds (3.69 tons) of E-waste diverted from the landfill.

The Hope Center became Green Business Certified in 2016. They also participate in single-stream recycling, utilize an energy management system, provide bike racks and purchase green power.
Earth Day Celebrations
Thanks to the following companies for sharing Earth Day photos with us: 


If your company has an environmental event, milestone or celebration, send photos and brief description to andreaa@plano.gov
How Mulch Do You Love Your Landscape?
Texas Pure Products bulk, large-grind hardwood mulch (pick up only) is on sale. This large grind mulch may contain large pieces 4- to-6-inches long, which add a rustic look to your landscape. It works well for natural pathways and erosion control. 

Hurry, the sale price of $4 per cubic yard ends June 30, 2019. Pick up a load at the Custer Road Retail Store, 9901 Custer Rd. (Plano) or the Regional Composting Facility, 3820 S.H. 121 (Melissa). 

Mulch is any material spread or laid over the surface of topsoil for covering. It helps soil retain moisture, suppresses weeds and keeps the soil cool. It also makes flowerbeds look their best year-round. Texas Pure mulch products are organic feeding plant roots as it ages. Just mix the old mulch into the soil and add a fresh layer on top for long-term value. Got questions? Call customer service at 972-769-4150.