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 Mayor Proclaims November 15th as “Anchorage Recycles Day” Anchorage Celebrates with Recycled Art 


11/2/2011 | Contact: Donna Mears, SWS 632-6382
Mayor's Office

November 15th is “America Recycles Day” and Mayor Sullivan has proclaimed the day as “Anchorage Recycles Day” to help bring recycling awareness to a local level.

“Recycling benefits us all, and it’s easy to do,” said Mayor Sullivan. “I encourage all citizens to focus on what they as consumers can do to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Anchorage plans to celebrate this year with a juried art exhibit highlighting art created using repurposed materials.  The exhibition, called revAmp – Recycle – resTore, will kick off at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art (IGCA) on Friday, November 4, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Attendees are encouraged to keep the revAmp-Recycle-resTore theme in mind and wear vintage, repurposed and/or recycled items.

The exhibit will run through Saturday, November 26.  The IGCA is located at 427 D Street and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4pm. 

The event is organized by the Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services, Green Star, ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling), and Central Recycling Services.

“Whether you call it reusing, recycling, upcycling, or repurposing, our goal is to challenge people to rethink their waste and find creative ways to keep it out of the landfill,” says Donna Mears, municipal recycling coordinator.


Other America Recycles Day events planned:

  • Tuesday, November 15 -- Can Do Kids Challenge at the Anchorage Recycling Center.  Can Do Kids will receive an extra 10 cents/pound for aluminum cans on America Recycles Day (November 15) between 9am and 4pm.  Any Can Do Kids who turn in cans on November 15 will be entered in a drawing to win a new bike.  To be a Can Do Kid, register at the Anchorage Recycling Center’s office at 6161 Rosewood Street (must be 18 years or younger).  Same-day registration is allowed.
  • October 7 – November 15 – Smart Marks: Bookmarks for Recycling.  Girl Scout Troop 834 in Anchorage will be creating recycling awareness bookmarks.  The bookmarks will be printed and distributed throughout Anchorage.  Other projects throughout the month include making piggy banks from recycled materials, creating recycling bins from cardboard boxes, and touring the Anchorage Recycling Center.
  • November 15 – Green Star’s “Estrella Verde.”  Stop by from noon to 1pm at 333 W. 4th Avenue for complimentary chips, salsa and beverages, served in biodegradable cups and bowls, and pick up information about Green Star, recycling, waste prevention and other topics, printed in English and in Spanish.
  • November 15 – Trashy Art Potluck.  Mammy Sue’s Farm, 8955 Waxwing, Wasilla.  Anyone and everyone is invited to Mammy Sue's Little Farm at 11:30am for a yummy potluck and art from trash contest! Trash and supplies provided or bring your own to use.  Bring a dish to share. Create your art (ANYTHING GOES) and prizes will be awarded in several different categories. Extra points for pieces with a recycle message. Call for directions 631-9090. We are also encouraging everyone to bring recyclable items and we will take them to the recycling center for you!

Check and type in your zip code for more local events planned for America Recycles Day.

Check out the Anchorage Recycles Facebook page for more local information.

More information about recycling can be found at

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