Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR)

ALPAR 2015 Guide to Recycling

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.

Glass Photo 1The Alaska Railroad sewer extension project now underway is using 500 tons of 100% Recycled Glass Aggregate (RGA) as the bedding material for 1,100 feet of pipe on Railroad Avenue. 500 tons represents 40 percent of the glass bottles and jars recycled by Anchorage residents this past year.

The Alaska  Railroad, Anchorage Water and Waste Water Utility, HDR (engineers,) CEI (contractor,) and Central Recycling Services have all worked in tandem to make it happen.  Glass aggregate is fully tested, meets the current specs for bedding material, compacts well and is easy to work with. Using 100% glass aggregate in a significant project such as this is a boon to glass recycling because it uses a large volume making processing, storage and marketing less costly and more sustainable.

Since the 1990’s, ALPAR has taken the lead to foster glass recycling for Anchorage through public and private partnerships that work to make it feasible. It has never been easy since recycling glass has high costs and low volumes not to mention it’s difficult to handle and move. And, when all is said and done, recycled glass is a replacement for sand or other virgin aggregate which is relatively low cost and readily available.GLASS PHOTO 4

ALPAR’s goal is help insure that most if not all major categories of everyday packaging materials such as glass containers can be recycled economically. Central Recycling Services, a construction and demolition debris recycler, stepped up to the plate in 2011 to take on this material and make it into a usable and salable product. Hats off to them for meeting the challenge and to everyone who are helping close this recycling loop.  A word to contractors: please buy Alaska-made Recycled Glass Aggregate for your next project!

Volunteers from Credit Union 1 know how to stack those pots!

Volunteers from Credit Union 1 know how to stack those pots!

It was a beautiful day for recycling at our annual plastic pot recycling event at the Alaska Botanical Garden on August 22. We recycled and reused a total of 2.6 tons of plastic garden containers! Thanks to our sponsors: Alaska Botanical Garden, Alaska Waste, the Anchorage Recycling Center and our media sponsors.

And many many thanks to our great volunteers, who made it easy for our gardeners to do another thing they love to do – recycle!

We also want to shout out to Faltz Nursery and Landscaping. They have collected plastic garden pots from the public throughout the summer for 5 years and was named ALPAR’s Outstanding Supporter for 2014. It’s not an easy task to collect and manage these pots on top of all their other work and they do this as a community service. Thank you, Faltz Nursery! Don’t forget to put it on your gardening calendar to recycle pots next year.

Calling all Gardeners! It’s time to start gathering your plastic pots for the upcoming Garden and Nursery Pot Recycling Drop off event Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Help us beat our 2014 record of 3 tons! It’s a great time to visit the Garden after you recycle (discount admission for recyclers!)

Nursery Pot Recycling Volunteers 2014

Nursery Pot Recycling Volunteers 2014

All plastic garden containers will be accepted. Pots will be shipped to markets in Seattle by WestRock’s Anchorage Recycling Center and turned into plastic lumber, benches and other plastic products. Recyclers are also welcome to take pots home for re-use. Contact ALPAR if you have questions: 644-7968.

Drop off also available at Faltz Nursery during regular business hours up to August 22nd. These pots collected at Faltz will be added to the total tonnage.
LOCATION: South Anchorage, Huffman Business Park, 1401 Labar St.

Do’s and Don’ts:
1. SORT in 2 groups: 1. #2 HDPE and 2. #5,#6,& Unmarked
2. Shake out loose soil or rinse.
3. Remove metal hangers.
4. STACK like-sized pots to save space.
5. Plastic Garden Pots only – Pots can be taken away for reuse as well!
6. Greenhouses, Retailers and Landscapers must drop off at the recycling center August 24-26, not at this event. Call 562-2267 for instructions.

ALPAR, the Alaska Botanical Garden, WestRock 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, KLEF, and Alaska Dispatch News.
ALPAR Plastic Pot Recycle 11×17

Brent Miller, ALPAR President (Left), and Mary Fisher, Executive Director presents the Joe Gulley President's Award for Outstanding Service to ALPAR Board Member Don Grasse of K&L Distributors.

Brent Miller, ALPAR President (Left), Mary Fisher, Executive Director, ALPAR Board Member Don Grasse of K&L Distributors

Over 150 guests, members and award winners attended the 2015 ALPAR Awards Banquet on April 29th at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Eleven deserving individuals, organizations and businesses were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2014-15 to litter prevention and recycling in Alaska. The ALPAR banquet is always a rollicking event. This year’s theme was “Those Amazing Recyclers in their Flying Machines!” recognizing the airlines that donate airfreight services to communities off the road system for the ALPAR Flying Cans and Flying Bottles recycling program. Don Grasse, ALPAR Board Member and President of K&L Distributors was recognized with the ALPAR Joe Gulley President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Don was President of ALPAR in 1999-2000 and continues to serve as Chair of the ALPAR Freight Committee.

Please see all our outstanding award winners for this year and see the slideshow here!

Seward, Alaska Litter Patrol 2014

Seward, Alaska Litter Patrol 2014

Grant applications for the 2015 ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol Program are in the mail to communities in Alaska. Deadline is April 1, 2015.. ALPAR provides these seed money grants to one organization per community who will operate the patrol with priority to those organizations who have run successful patrols in the past. ALPAR’s Youth Litter Patrol program is meant to be a follow on to the community’s volunteer Spring Community Cleanup. Youth workers keep public spaces litter-free throughout the summer, gain work experience and set an example to others to not litter – something we all appreciate!

A big thank you goes to ConocoPhillips for sponsoring this program and to BP Alaska for sponsoring the free litter bag program.

ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol Guidelines 2015 YLP Grant Application

If you have not applied for this grant before, please contact ALPAR for more information.

ALPAR’s free litter bag program is gearing up for the spring cleanup season. Donation requests are in the mail to community and tribal organizations and the bags will ship soon. ALPAR donates the bags to ONE organization per community except under special circumstances. Orders should be mailed to ALPAR’s PO Box with a check for postage and handling costs using this form: LITTER BAGS 2015 order form. Questions can be directed to ALPAR’s email address. Important: Priority goes to the community organization managing spring cleanups, marine debris cleanups and Youth Litter Patrols. Contact ALPAR if bags will be picked up.

ALPAR’s free litter bag distribution has taken place each spring for over 30 years. A huge thanks goes to our major sponsor, BP. We couldn’t do it without them! Thanks to Pepsi for warehousing and shipping services.

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, Carr Gottstein Properties and our media sponsors; MIX 103.1 and KBEAR, Alaska Dispatch News and GCI. Artificial trees not allowed here. Consider donating to Bishop’s Attic, Value Village or Salvation Army. Don’t forget to recycle your paper gift wrap and boxes, Christmas string lights (see post below) and reuse ribbons and foil wrap next year!)

Christmas Tree Recycling 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.i1444771041cg@se1444771041ertsa1444771041mtsir1444771041hcelc1444771041ycer1444771041


The Christmas Season just got merrier in Anchorage! You can now recycle those old holiday lights at Total Reclaim or at the Anchorage Recycling Center for FREE! Just bring your old string lights to the Total Reclaim shop Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm or the Anchorage Recycling Center off Dowling Rd. 24/7. If you stop at Total Reclaim you can also bring all those old electronics and give them a new life, too.

Total Reclaim
12101 Industry Way #C4 in the Huffman Business Park
RockTenn Anchorage Recycling Center
6161 Rosewood – Drop-off 24/7 562-2267

Remember, it’s free to recycle your Christmas lights!


Saturday, November 15 is Alaska Recycles Day, too. Join UAA’s Office of Sustainability and Total Reclaim at UAA and recycle your personal electronics. Bring those cell phones, computers, stereos, TVs, monitors, game consoles, microwaves, hard drives and similar items. There is a small charge for TV’s and monitors but everything else is free.

ALPAR salutes UAA and Total Reclaim for helping keep these materials out of the landfill and reclaiming the valuable materials inside our outdated electronics. They are looking to crush their 2011 record of 20,000 pounds. Let’s go for it! Do something positive to celebrate America Recycles Day.

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 10AM to 2PM
Where: UAA West Parking Lot next to PSB
UAA Electronics Recycling Event Nov 15





ALPAR’s Park Improvement Project at Westchester Lagoon’s Coastal Trail Confluence is almost complete. Excitement is building for a dedication and First Friday event at the site on October 3rd.
The project to create a beautiful landscape and sculpture in the small triangle of park and trail is dedicated to the memory of ALPAR’s founder,Tom Cox who brought business people together in 1982 to pursue a shared vision of a litter-free Alaska and a robust recycling culture. This project is a tribute to recycling, reuse and repurposing in Anchorage and incorporates a wide variety of recycled materials. The sculpture entitled “Transformation” was installed on September 25th and was welcomed with an earthquake (that did no damage!) It just created even more excitement as this beautiful kinetic sculpture of four moving ravens rose on it’s 30-foot sculpted pole. The sculpture uses recycled stainless steel and a repurposed steel pipe from the North Slope. Winds were calm as the ravens rose into the air. When the wind begins to blow, the Ravens will soar.

Thank you to our partners, the Anchorage Park Foundation, MOA Parks & Recreation, Intrinsic Landscapes / Chad Taylor, who created a stunning landscape and Alaska Native Contemporary Artist Rebecca Lyon who created “Transformation.” And many thanks to our donors:
Rebecca Lyon, Artist Rick Teel, Alaska Sheet Metal, Chad Taylor, Intrinsic Landscapes LLC ALPAR Anchorage Park Foundation Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation UAA College of Engineering, Central Recycling Services, Polar Supply, AS&G Precast Division, Horizon Lines, Alaska Container Cache, Unique Machine LLC,and Rock Solid Pile Company.