Texas Recycling Data Initiative Internship

Title: TRDI Intern

Wage: Unpaid (?)

Job requirements: Strong written and verbal communication skills; detail-oriented, self-starter who is organized and able to meet deadlines; strong research skills; proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Must have a college degree or be currently enrolled in a university and working toward a degree; must be a US citizen; must be located in the Austin area and have reliable transportation; must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Applications instructions: Please submit resumes or further questions to info@recyclingstar.org with the subject line “STAR Internship”.

Contact person: Sara Nichols

Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI): A consortium of industry representatives, led by STAR, is seeking to better understand and quantify the amount of recycling occurring in Texas in order to examine the economic, environmental, and policy issues of interest to businesses, citizens, and governmental entities in Texas. This statewide survey is a game changer for recycling in Texas and should be completed by late 2014. Information on state recycling activities and material recovery volumes are limited in stature throughout the State of Texas even though there is some information collected at the regional level. The information collected is not uniform or consistent across the state. The Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council passed a resolution on July 22, 2011 to allow the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to facilitate a set of stakeholder meetings to define what recycling data can be obtained, determine the best method for its collection, and recommend how this data could be used to study best practices and promote recycling in Texas. As a result, a Steering Committee was formed with broad based representation from trade and professional organizations, Councils of Governments (COG’s), industry, TCEQ, EPA Region 6, local governments, consulting firms and other interested parties to assist in conducting research and making recommendations for how the state should pursue capturing recycling recovery volume data.  One of the results of this Steering Committee was the development of the Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) and the solicitation for the completion of a voluntary survey for data collection, data analysis, and reporting of recycling activity in the State of Texas. As a part of the survey, data will be collected for two calendar years with a report available for the 2015 Texas Legislative Session.

Intern will be researching ordinances, compiling data, and other duties as assigned. Credit can be offered if desired. Please provide paperwork.