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.
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.
Jeanne Carlson, long-time recycling volunteer, activist and expert, left a wonderful legacy in Alaska especially to the recycling community and industry. She passed away on July 9 but her memory and her contributions to the effort live on. Many of her colleagues will gather at the Alaska State Fair for the Jeanne Carlson Volunteer Day on August 30 to volunteer and remember her wit, her capacity for getting things done and her undying commitment to the environment. Jeanne was instrumental in getting recycling started at the Fair when she worked for Green Star. The effort has grown and blossomed at the Fair and is appreciated by vendors and fair goers alike.
Wherever Jeanne went, she brought people together around her passions and her love of life. ALPAR and our supporters and colleages will miss Jeanne and honor her memory. She was an extraordinary person.
Gardeners start saving your pots for the upcoming Garden and Nursery Pot Recycling Drop off event Saturday, August 23 at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Help us beat our record of 3 tons!
All plastic garden containers will be accepted. Pots will be shipped to markets in Seattle by RockTenn’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. Please contact ALPAR for information: 644-7968
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 and NO PRE OR POST DROP OFF!
6. Greenhouses, Retailers and Landscapers must drop off at the recycling center August 18-22, not at this event. 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, KLEF Alaska Dispatch News.
Download Plastic Pot Recycling Poster 2014
Thank you, Volunteers, government agencies, tribal councils, non-profits, businesses, neighborhood groups, service clubs, youth groups and youthful senior groups! All over Alaska, you are working tirelessly to clean up our roadways, beaches and waterways, trails and parks and more. Thank you from all of us who value a beautiful, litter free Alaska.
And to that “special” segment of the population who throw their trash on the ground (or in the water) or forget to tie down or cover their stuff in an open truck here are two words that says it all: STOP IT! It takes so little effort to put your trash where it belongs – in the bin! It takes extra time and effort to tie down and secure a load, but that’s the law. Break it and be ready to pay the fine for unsecured load violation and if the stuff escapes, for littering, too.
ALPAR’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
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.
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, 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 http://bingrant.org/
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.i1414299978cg@se1414299978ertsa1414299978mtsir1414299978hcelc1414299978ycer1414299978