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Juneau named 'Outstanding Recycling Community'

Posted: May 29, 2013 - 5:46pm  |  Updated: May 30, 2013 - 12:17am

If there’s one thing we’re not, it’s irresponsible.

Earlier this month, Juneau received the “Outstanding Recycling Community” award for 2012 by the Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling.

“We are honored to recognize Juneau’s accomplishments to expand and enhance recycling and all the stakeholders who play a roll including CBJ, Arrow Refuse, Waste Management, Juneau Friends of Recycling, Juneau Litter Free and the residents and businesses of Juneau,” ALPAR wrote in a statement.

Acknowledging struggles smaller communities face with mass recycling, ALPAR executive director Mary Fisher was looking at communities that started new or enhanced existent recycling programs.

“We’ve been watching Juneau for a number of years,” Fisher said. “We saw the challenges Juneau and so many other Southeast areas face.”

More specifically, Fisher found the new curbside program availability as a valuable addition to current services. Drop off systems, which Juneau has, don’t generate much material as you would with higher-level service.

“It was a real act of innovation and forward thinking for the solid waste department and Arrow Refuse to come up with a collection program that could handle a reasonably priced curbside program that would be acceptable to the residents of the community,” Fisher said.

ALPAR celebrated its 30th year with an award ceremony and banquet on May 2 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. Over the three decades ALPAR has served Alaska, CBJ solid waste coordinator Jim Penor, who started here in 2009, said Juneau has never once received such an award.

“Yeah Juneau got the award, but thank you citizens — they’re the ones that did the work and made the program successful,” Penor said. “This is their program. This is their award.”

Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com.

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