Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR)

ALPAR is a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating litter and increasing economically-viable recycling in Alaska. Founded in 1982 by a group of dedicated Alaskan business leaders, ALPAR's programs help clean up Alaska's communities, roadways, parks, beaches and waterways and assist with recycling initiatives throughout Alaska. ALPAR programs and services are made possible by the generous support of dedicated businesses and organizations throughout Alaska.

Adopt a Pathway Flyer 2014ALPAR’s Adopt-A-Pathway is a volunteer opportunity in conjunction with Alaska DOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program. These pathways run alongside state maintained roadways. We provide recognition of adopters through signage at the beginning and end of the adopted path plus bags and safety vests.

Keeping our pathways clean and litter free is appreciated by Anchorage bikers, walkers and runners as well all residents who care about a beautiful Alaska. And, studies show that litter free areas attract less litter!

Why not consider adopting a pathway? The obligation if for 3 years for once-a-month litter pickup in the spring and summer. it’s a great way to get out, enjoy the warm weather and help keep Anchorage beautiful.

Call ALPAR for more information – 644-7968.

ALPAR Pathways are currently available along these roads:

A and C Streets
S. Birchwood Loop
Glenn Highway
Northern Lights
Raspberry Rd.

Click here for:
Adopt a Pathway Intro
Adopt A Pathway Agreement

Bins will be removed by 5/17/14 due to new construction at the site.

Bins will be removed by 5/17/14 due to new construction at the site.

The Recycling Drop-off area at CARRS Huffman (1501 Huffman Rd.) is closed permanently due to new construction that will take over the space now occupied by the bins. ALPAR takes this opportunity to thank CARR Gottstein Properties and CARRS/Safeway for all the years of hosting these bins for ALPAR and the Recycling Center. It is a great community service to host recycle bins at their sites. We know it has not always been a good situation because of illegal dumping by a few bad players. Kudos to these fine companies!

All aluminum cans, newspaper, and used clothing must be taken to other locations. The nearest recycling areas are CARRS Abbott (1725 Abbott Rd.) or the Anchorage Recycling Center (6161 Rosewood St.).

Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 563-1997 or The Arc of Anchorage at 337-6390 for information about used clothing drop-off. Contact ALPAR at 644-7968 for information about other recyclables.

Mary Fisher,(left) ALPAR Executive Director, and Don Grasse, (rt.) ALPAR Board Member, present the Outstanding supporter Award to the Fairbanks Rescue Mission Recycling Center. Rodney Gaskins, Executive Director (mid. left) and Stacy Strubinger, Operations Mgr. (mid rt) accept the award.

Mary Fisher, ALPAR Executive Director and Don Grasse, (rt.) ALPAR board member present the Outstanding supporter Award to the Fairbanks Rescue Mission Recycling Center. Rodney Gaskins, Executive Director (mid. left) and Stacy Strubinger, Operations Mgr. (mid rt) accept the award.

150 guests, members and award winners attended the 2014 ALPAR Awards Banquet on May 1. Twelve deserving individuals, organizations and businesses were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2013-14 to litter prevention and recycling in Alaska. The ALPAR banquet is always a rollicking event. This year’s theme was “Recycling on the High Seas! A Tribute to Alaska’s Maritime Industry.” Keith Sopp, ALPAR’s longest serving board member for 28 years was recognized as an Honorary Lifetime Board Member. Keith was president of ALPAR in 1989 and is retiring from the board but will always be appreciated for his years of service.

Check out our list of outstanding award winners for this year and see the slideshow here!

Gulf of Alaska Keeper transports debris by landing craft in Prince William Sound, 2013.

ALPAR continues to support new funding for Marine and Tsunami debris cleanup for the next 5 years. NOAA and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation funded a pilot tsunami debris cleanup in September 2012 in Prince William Sound. This project confirmed the presence of widespread tsunami debris, particularly Styrofoam, even in protected waters. The Alaska Legislature then took the lead and funded an early cleanup response that removed more than 200 tons of tsunami debris and other marine debris in 2013. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council also funded a JTMD cleanup in Prince William Sound in 2013 that removed an additional 70 tons of tsunami debris from critical habitat. Some northern Gulf of Alaska shorelines hold up to 30 tons of plastic marine debris per mile with half of that being tsunami debris. With less than 500 miles of Gulf of Alaska shoreline cleaned to date, the cleanup response has only started.
In spite of Alaska’s proactive response to the threat, with between 5,000 and 10,000 miles of mostly uninhabited coastline yet to be cleaned, Alaska continues to be more vulnerable to JTMD than any other state. A recent NOAA report claimed that, “While other states also received debris, the density of debris in
Alaska combined with its rugged shorelines meant that debris detection, assessment and removal were more challenging, and what could be accomplished through volunteer engagement was limited in comparison to other states.” Agencies and non-governmental organizations from around the state continue to seek funding and other resources to combat the new threats caused by tsunami debris, including hazardous materials and invasive species in addition to the easily evident traditional threats of entanglement and ingestion.
So far, ADEC has received $1 million for marine debris removal in 2014, from a $5 million “gift” from the government of Japan to the United States for JTMD response and removal. These funds will clean an estimated 100 miles of coastline and remove an estimated 100 tons to 200 tons of JTMD and other marine debris. The combined results of these efforts will rehabilitate about 5 to 10 percent of the worst- affected shorelines of Alaska, and less than 1 percent of the critically impacted coastline. A coalition of coastal stewardship groups consisting of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, Island Trails Network, and Airborne Technologies, Inc. is seeking a $5 million appropriation from the Alaska Legislature to extend cleanup effort into future years. ALPAR thinks this appropriation is important for Alaska.

One of Several Designs

The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program supports recycling in communities and on college and university campuses by providing bins to selected grant recipients for the collection of beverage container recyclables. Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities.

The bin grant program has two focus areas:

- Public Space Bin Grants
The Public Space bin grant program is open to non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools and religious organizations. Learn more about the Public Space Bin Grants.

- Collegiate Bin Grants
The collegiate bin grant program is open to two-year and four-year degree granting colleges and universities. Learn more about the Collegiate Bin Grants. Go to

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Christmas Tree Recycling for Anchorage and the Valley starts December 28 through January 15. Bring your bare (LIVE!) trees to CARRS – Safeway stores in Anchorage, Eagle River or Palmer and drop off in the parking lot (look for the sign!) No wreaths, please. The wire backing is too difficult to remove. Please remove and recycle plastic bags at the recycling center. Trees are turned into fragrant wood chips and donated to beautify public trails and gardens. This program is sponsored by ALPAR, Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services, CARRS/Safeway and our media sponsors; MIX and KBEAR, Anchorage Daily News and GCI. Artificial trees not allowed here. Consider donating to Bishop’s Attic, Value Village or Salvation Army. Ho Ho Ho! (Don’t forget to recycle your paper gift wrap and reuse those boxes, ribbons and foil wrap next year!)
Xmas Tree poster

Don’t want to brave the weather? Call or Email Boy Scout Troop 268 and arrange to have your tree picked up in Anchorage and Eagle River for a small donation! (Eagle River pick ups on Saturday only.) Leave a message at: 868–8899 or email: ten.i1406124633cg@se1406124633ertsa1406124633mtsir1406124633hcelc1406124633ycer1406124633

November 15 is America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to reduce waste and pollution, conserve natural resources, and create green jobs – something we can ALL agree on! Together we can make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

Last fall, Alaskan Non-profits, Youth, Community Groups, Schools, City Governments, Tribal Councils, and Businesses created 49 events and promotions across Alaska to celebrate America Recycles Day and Alaska’s own version – Alaska Recycles Day and Anchorage Recycles Day. We put the 49th state on the recycling map. So let’s beat our record this year!

How? Visit the America Recycles Day website where you can take the Pledge to Recycle and groups or businesses can register to Host An Event anytime this fall. Call ALPAR (907) 644-7968 or Email us to learn how your group may be eligible for a small grant to support your Alaska Recycles Day event or promotion. Join ALPAR and all Americans in celebrating recycling! Check out our 2010 Alaska Recycles Day event on You Tube!

Cool guys recycle pots, too!

Great news about ALPAR’s Garden Pot recycling event on August 24th. We surpassed our record again this year!

3,200 lbs. of #2 HDPE pots and #5 PP and #6 PPS pots, cell packs and trays from the Alaska Botanical Garden event
1,200 lbs. from Faltz Nursery who collected pots from the public all summer through August 24th.
1,500 lbs. collected and reused. This has become very popular especially for large pots!
TOTAL: 5,900 lbs. or 2.96 TONS

Thanks to everyone: Our fabulous volunteers, all the staff and at ABG, Alaska Waste for providing the bins and transportation and RockTenn’s Anchorage Recycling Center for processing the material and sending to market. A special thanks to our shippers, Horizon Lines, TOTE, Alaska Marine Lines and Lynden and Northland Services. They make this all feasible. Finally a big shout out and thanks to all our dedicated gardeners and recyclers for conserving these resources!

Gardeners start saving your pots for the upcoming Garden and Nursery Pot Recycling Drop off event Saturday, August 24 at the Alaska Botanical Garden. This year our goal is to recycle over 3 tons of plastic pots, trays and cell packs.

All plastic garden containers will be accepted. Separate in 2 groups: #2 and all the rest. Pots will be baled and shipped to markets in Seattle by RockTenn’s Anchorage Recycling Center and turned into plastic lumber or other plastic products. Recyclers are also welcome to take pots home for re-use. Commercial plant sellers can drop off pots directly at the recycling center the week prior to this event (August 19-24.) Please contact ALPAR for information: 644-7968

Drop off details:
1. SORT in 2 groups: #2 HDPE plastic pots in one and the rest in the other. (There are many pots and trays without numbers. Please bring them, too.
2. Shake out loose soil or rinse.
3. Remove metal hangers.
4. STACK like-sized pots to save space.
6. Greenhouses, sellers and landscapers should drop off at the recycling center August 19-23. Call 562-2267 for instructions.

ALPAR, the Alaska Botanical Garden, RockTenn Recycling (Anchorage Recycling Center) and Alaska Waste have teamed up to sponsor this recycling one-stop event. Media sponsors include the Anchorage Media Group Radio Stations, Anchorage Daily News and the Anchorage Press.

ALPAR Awards Presented

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Island Trail Network's Board President Patrick Saltonstall accepts the ALPAR Joe Gulley Presdent's Award for Outstanding Service from ALPAR Director, Mary Fisher.

The ALPAR Awards Banquet took place on May 2, 2013 with over 145 attending.  Eleven deserving individuals, organizations and businesses were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2012 to litter prevention and recycling in Alaska.  The ALPAR banquet is always a rollicking event. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Alaska’s Great Outdoors!”

Check out our list of outstanding award winners for this year and see the slideshow!