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 GLASS RECYCLING RETURNS 

  

11/14/2012
Mayor's Office

SOLID WASTE SERVICES
Administrative Offices
1111 East 56th Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Donna Mears
Cell: 632-6382
E-mail: mearsdc@muni.org

GLASS RECYCLING RETURNS ON ANCHORAGE RECYCLES DAY

November 14, 2012

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA-

Mayor Dan Sullivan has proclaimed November 15, 2012, as Anchorage Recycles Day. This proclamation is in conjunction with the nationally recognized America Recycles Day, which promotes recycling and the purchase of products made from recycled materials.

This year, Anchorage residents can celebrate America Recycles Day and Anchorage Recycles Day by recycling glass bottles and jars in Anchorage for the first time since 2009! Recycling bins have just been placed at the Anchorage Recycling Center at 6161 Rosewood Street and are now open.

This winter, the Anchorage Recycling Center will be the sole location for glass recycling bins. In the spring, collection may expand to include an additional drop-off site.

It is important for residents to remember that glass is not acceptable in the single-stream curbside recycling programs.

"The Municipality wants to thank Anchorage residents for their patience. Glass is certainly not the most abundant recyclable in our waste stream but it’s one that the public really wants to recycle. However, before we brought a program back to the public, we needed to be sure there was a sustainable, stable end use and that required a lot of work to identify processors, products and potential products," said SWS Director, Paul Alcantar.

The program is a partnership with MOA Solid Waste Services (SWS), Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR), RockTenn, and Central Recycling Services (CRS). SWS is partially supporting the drop-off collection program in conjunction with ALPAR from funds received through the recycling surcharge on trash tipping fees. RockTenn, the company that operates the Anchorage Recycling Center, is providing the collection site at its drop-off center, and CRS is accepting the materials for processing and use in various end products.

Two early steps in this process were a white paper commissioned in 2009 by SWS from the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership titled "Potential Recycled Glass Products for Manufacturing in Anchorage" and capital and development matching grants for recycling infrastructure development funded by the recycling surcharge fee collected by SWS.

The glass will be transported to CRS’ processing facility in Anchorage where it will be cleaned and crushed for use in a variety of aggregate products. In 2011, CRS received recycling infrastructure matching grants through SWS to purchase equipment to add to its concrete crusher so that it could accept more materials for processing, including waste glass.

Resuming collection of glass for recycling adds to the materials that are recycled locally, including construction and demolition debris, organics, tires, newspaper, and mixed paper.

An important part of the process of bringing glass recycling back to Anchorage was the recent inclusion of recycled glass in several construction specifications, creating stable end markets for the material. Special provisions to the Municipality of Anchorage Standard Specifications and Design and Construction Practices Manual allow for recycled glass aggregate to be used in projects as a percentage in fill, backfill, and water and sewer pipe bedding. Without local markets, the collection of glass would not have been feasible. The Muni specification is based on one developed by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and approved in July allowing for the use of recycled glass in construction project.

A grand opening event for the public will be held by the Anchorage Recycling Center and Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling on Saturday, November 17th, from 10am to 2pm. Volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance and education about glass recycling.

Interview opportunities November 14th:

There will be opportunities for interviews with the Mayor’s at his weekly press briefing the Dena’ina Center, Kahtnu Room 1, November 14th @ 1:30 p.m.

Interviews and b-roll footage can be arranged at the Anchorage Recycling Center (6161 Rosewood Street) at 3pm.

More information about recycling in Anchorage can be found at www.muni.org/sws. Or contact SWS recycling coordinator Donna Mears at 632-6382 (cell), mearsdc@muni.org or ALPAR executive director Mary Fisher at 664-7968 (office), 317-8089 (cell), alpar@gci.net.

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