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Anchorage recycling more on America Recycles Day

By Lauren Maxwell 12:53 AM November 15, 2013

Curbside recycling still a hard sell

ANCHORAGE - It’s America Recycles Day, a national event designed to bring attention to the importance of recycling.

In Anchorage, Mayor Dan Sullivan declared Friday Anchorage Recycles Day. Workers with Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) keep track of the numbers. They say the amount of recyclable material that comes to the Anchorage Recycling Center has gone up every year. So far this year, the center has received 4,800 tons of recyclable goods.

One of the main items residents are bringing to the bins is glass: That’s new this year. Glass collections were suspended for several years until a local buyer was found who could put the glass to good use. It’s now being used in local construction projects.

Workers say the amount of recyclables brought in from curbside recycling is also up, yet the number of people who subscribe to the service remains relatively low. Alaska Waste, which services most of Anchorage and Eagle River, has offered curbside recycling for more than three years. Only about 20 percent of its customers choose to pay the extra fee to get it.

Some Alaskans at the recycling center say they’d rather bring their goods in themselves, even if they have to sort them. Others say they have to come to the recycling center anyway to drop off their glass, so they don’t bother with curbside at all.

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