A Tlingit tribe in the Southeast community of Wrangell — the Wrangell Cooperative Association — has been working to recycle electronics to reduce e-waste. That helps keep potentially toxic materials from becoming hazardous waste on the island.
China’s restrictions on importing mixed paper and some plastics is affecting recycling worldwide. But in Southeast Alaska, most communities continue to accept those materials.
Eight Southeast Alaska communities will resume scrap metal recycling as early as this April. The Southeast Alaska Regional Solid Waste Authority is working with Waste Management, a large garbage removal and recycling business. The authority includes Petersburg, Wrangell, Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Hydaburg and Coffman Cove. Petersburg Public Works Director Karl Hagerman said old…
China is limiting the type and quality of recyclable materials it will import. That could affect Alaska, since most of our recycling ends up there.
Juneau’s city-run RecycleWorks program is looking to consolidate its operations on a single site and add a composting operation. The complex deal would involve selling city land to the Alaskan Brewery Company and hiking utility rates.
Rural Alaskan villages are not typically known for their recycling prowess. However, recycling is a priority for the village of Igiugig.
In Wrangell, recycling isn’t as simple as wheeling a plastic container out to the curb each week…not to mention trying to get rid of large items like old TVs, computers and printers.
Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
For years, recycling programs seemed like magic. Municipalities, counties and state-run programs were not only improving the environment, but spending little to do so and in many cases saving money by not having to pay landfill fees or making money by selling the material to processors who wanted it.
The rules about what you can and can’t put in recycling can be confusing, but they have a reason.