A limited market for recyclable materials has made the implementation of recycling programs difficult in Alaska. However, many options for recycling do exist in Alaska’s major communities. Because Alaska does not have a sorting facility, it is important to properly sort your recyclables by material. Curbside recycling is available in some areas of Anchorage. Contact Alaska Waste for more information about curbside recycling.
For more information about what you can recycle and where to recycle it, refer to the following pages:
Anchorage and Juneau both have central recycling facilities. The Anchorage Recycling Center is located at 6301 Rosewood Ave and accepts most waste items except glass. Total Reclaim, a Seattle-based company with offices in Alaska, accepts electronics and lights. The Juneau Recycling Center is located at 5600 Tonsgard and accepts paper, glass, aluminum, steel cans, corrugated cardboard, #1 and #2 plastic, and plastic bags.
The Secret Life of Garbage
Did you know the average American produces 10 times their body weight in trash each year? And the US alone produces 250 million tons of trash each year? Check out this interesting graphic from BusinessDegree.net to learn more about trash and the importance of recycling.