Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR)

ALPAR 2017-18 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.

Over 140 attended ALPAR’s 34th annual awards banquet on May 4 and a groovy time was had by all! Twelve awardees were recognized for outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2016-17. ALPAR always has a theme for the event and this year celebrated the “Summer of Love Alaska!” which also marked the 50th anniversary of the famed “Summer of Love” in 1967. Awardees attended from Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Nome and Yakutat. Mears Middle School was honored with the award for Outstanding School Recycling Program.

Check out the slide show and the full listing of all our exceptional award winners here!

Join the movement to clean up Anchorage! The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Citywide Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 6, 2017. Visit the Anchorage Chamber website for information: It’s easy to make a big difference.

Register your team at

The Anchorage School District is gearing up to help, with many schools participating in Citywide Cleanup through the Supersweeper program. Supersweeper information link:

The 2017 Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup is celebrating its 49th year in the 49th State! Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors from the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and a special shout out to Fred Meyer, BP, Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services, Ohana Media and many many more!

Kayak Island 2016 cleanup – Gulf of Alaska Keeper

Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling today endorsed S. 756, the “Save Our Seas Act of 2017.” This legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2017 by Sen. Sullivan (R-AK), Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Booker (D-NJ) with co-sponsors Senators Murkowski (R-AK), Coons (D-DE), Inhofe (R-OK), Peters (D-MI) and Tillis (R-NC).

Marine debris is a growing global problem affecting hundreds of species of marine life and the entire coastal ecosystem. Alaska’s coastal communities and shorelines are especially hard hit by debris from the Pacific Rim that is moved by the North Pacific Gyre onto our beaches and wetlands. The cost is substantial particularly in Alaska, which has more coastline than the entire lower 48 states combined, with much of it remote and extremely difficult to access.

ALPAR is committed to working with our Marine Debris partners in Alaska, including the State Department of Environmental Conservation, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Gulf of Alaska Keeper, Island Trails Network, City and Borough of Yakutat, Blue Fox Bay Lodge and Sitka Sound Science Center.

“This bipartisan effort is an example of what we can do together to address major problems like marine debris that impact the well being of our fisheries, communities and states. ALPAR applauds Sen. Sullivan, Sen. Murkowski, Sen. Booker and Sen. Whitehouse as well as other co-sponsors for introducing this legislation, and we urge other senators to support its passage.”

Youth Litter Patrol – Craig

Spring planning is underway! Grant applications for the 2017 ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol Program and order forms for the ALPAR LITTER BAG Program have been mailed to communities across Alaska in preparation for spring and summer clean up programs.

The Youth Litter Patrol application deadline is April 3. ALPAR provides seed money grants to one organization per community who will operate the patrol giving priority to those organizations who have run successful patrols in the past. ALPAR’s Youth Litter Patrols start after community’s volunteer Spring Community Cleanup and help keep public spaces litter-free throughout the summer. Youth gain work experience and set an example to others to not litter – something we all appreciate!

Thank you to ConocoPhillips for providing safety vests and to BP Alaska for sponsoring the free ALPAR Litter Bag Program. We also recognize Matson for their generous donation to ship the bags to Alaska. Youth Litter Patrols are sponsored by communities, tribal councils and businesses throughout Alaska. Thanks to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services for sponsoring the Anchorage Patrols!

Forms for Download:
ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol Guidelines 17
2017 YLP Grant Application

Please contact ALPAR at 907-644-7968 for information on obtaining bags for your community.

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

Those old strings of Christmas lights not working? Not to worry, you can recycle them now! Christmas string lights can be recycled at the Anchorage Recycling Center or Total Reclaim through the holidays. And don’t forget your live tree after the holidays. Give the gift that keeps on giving! Christmas Tree Recycling for Anchorage and the Valley runs from 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!) Trees are turned into fragrant wood chips and donated to beautify public trails and gardens. No wreaths, please. The wire backing is too difficult to remove. Please remove and recycle plastic bags at the recycling center.

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 at the Anchorage Recycling Center, Muni Central Transfer Station, Landfill or in your curbside recycling cart. Save ribbons and foil wrap for use next year!

Download: 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:

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kab_ard_logo_combo_2016_grayNovember 15 is America Recycles Day and Alaska Recycles Day. Join ALPAR and folks across Alaska in our ongoing quest to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

You can be a part of it all by taking the #BeRecycled Pledge. The #BeRecycled Pledge is part of the Keep America Beautiful national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” in our daily life. Join the movement to recycle at home, work, school and on-the-go. Buy products made with recycled content. And, encourage others to take the #BeRecycled Pledge. Thanks for making a difference!

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Anchorage Gardeners beat their record recycling 3.3 tons of nursery pots this summer. Thank you Alaska Botantical Garden for hosting the event on August 20 with help from their fabulous volunteers. A big shout out to Faltz Nursery for collecting pots from the public all summer! Contributing sponsors include ALPAR, Alaska Botanical Garden, Alaska Waste, Westrock, KLEF, KSKA and the radio stations of ALPHA Media Group.

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 20, 2016 at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Help us beat our 2015 record of almost 3 tons! It’s a great time to visit the Garden after you recycle (discount admission for recyclers!)

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 for more information at 644-7968.

Drop off also available at Faltz Nursery during regular business hours through Aug. 20. 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 22-24, 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 PRINT

BP AwardOver 150 guests, members and award winners attended the 2016 ALPAR Awards Banquet on April 28th at the University Center. Eleven deserving individuals, organizations and businesses were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2015 to litter prevention and recycling in Alaska. The ALPAR banquet is always a rollicking event. This year’s theme was “Roaring 20’s – Recycled!” BP was the honoree for ALPAR’s Outstanding Contributor Award. BP has supported the ALPAR/BP free statewide litterbag distribution for 15 years, helping ALPAR send 300,000 bright yellow litter bags, green recycling bags and marine debris bags to 220 communities and organizations in Alaska each year. ALPAR congratulates all of the recipients this year with our appreciation for their dedication and efforts on behalf of our communities.

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