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Recycling in Juneau
Published: 05/13/2010 12:40:00
There are some misconceptions about common household waste recycling in Juneau, you sometimes hear that theres no true recycling, theres no market for the products, they dont take glass, and it all just goes to the landfill anyway, but we found out thats not the case.

Jim Penor, the Solid Waste Coordinator for the City and Borough of Juneau tells us The recycling program is a recycling program and the waste segregation of the waste streams is being one hundred percent recycled, as you can see on the boards right here, were taking plastics number one, If you look at the bottom of your containers, your milk jugs, your pop liter bottles and that, youll see a recycle arrow and then right in the middle of it will be a number, itll be one, two Currently were recycling plastics number one and plastics number two.

They also accept Grocery bags, Tin Cans, Aluminum Cans, white office paper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard and glass.

Mr. Penor went on to say, Were taking in glass, we are separating it for the waste stream, and they are using it for a beneficial use and I urge people to keep their glass separate, throw it in the containers, because it is a beneficial use for the landfill for road material.

Theyre able to use the glass on a local level, but some people still say that theres no market for the rest of it.

Jim assured us that The commodities that were accepting is the plastics and the tin and the aluminum, the cardboard and the mixed paper, thats your higher end recycling material and there IS good markets for that, the markets are volatile, they do go up and down, but weve been very successful.

In 2009, they shipped right at 1,850 TONS of material to markets in Seattle at a profit, and the cost to residential users? Nothing. Theres even a small incentive to recycle.

Its absolutely free, actually if you can drive through the landfill, and get a little ticket, after twenty stops of coming to the recycling, you get a free dump, and thats pretty nice.


http://www.juneau.org/pubworks/recycling.php

By: Rik Pruett - rik@kath.tv