Assemblyman pushes for recycling in Fairbanks

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2007

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Mike Musick is organizing a task force with the aim of improving recycling choices, describing the city as "light years behind" other communities when it comes to recycling.

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Musick is initiating a broad examination of recycling and conservation options in Fairbanks.

Musick also has scheduled a public meeting for early February to discuss the prospect of moving the city toward a more "sustainable" lifestyle that reduces the public waste stream and protects the environment.

The action comes a year after local leaders shelved an effort to establish a conventional recycling program.

Musick said success other communities have had to reduce, reuse and recycle waste leaves him believing Fairbanks can become more sustainable.

Musick is forming the task force at the request of Mayor Jim Whitaker. Both have said they want to capitalize on strong community interest in a recent debate over the prevalent practice of Dumpster diving in Fairbanks.

Musick said the task force also will discuss a proposed waste paper-to-energy project being developed by Whitaker and others.

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