2014 ~ Vol. 4, No. 1
Fairbanks Recycling Guide Brought to you by Interior Alaska Green Star
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Recycling Spotlight Local Recycling Resources Common Household Recycling Recycling Locations Business Recycling Options Reuse Options Hazardous Wastes & Special Recycling Electronics Recycling
The Fairbanks Recycling Guide – Volume 4, Number 1, 2014 is published by Interior Alaska Green Star (IAGS) with support by grants from Design Alaska and the FNSB Recycling Commission. Design by 5th Avenue Design & Graphics, Inc. Illustrations by Scott Hansen.
Dear Fairbanks North Star Borough Resident, Welcome to this issue of the Fairbanks Recycling Guide—your guide to reducing waste in the Fairbanks area. You may already be familiar with “The Three Rs” of waste reduction, which include reducing the amounts of waste created, reusing materials whenever possible, and recycling materials that cannot be reused. The 2014 Fairbanks Recycling Guide is published by IAGS. IAGS is a nonprofit organization which encourages households and businesses to practice waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention. This guide provides current information about recycling and waste prevention in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Scan the QR Code at the right for changes and updates to this guide. Let us know if there are topics you’d like to see in this guide or questions you’d like to ask. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recycling spotlight Fairbanks Community Food Bank For the last 32 years, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank (FCFB) has provided food for those in need by distributing surplus food that would ordinarily be discarded. Faithful volunteers pick up 2-5 tons of surplus food from local grocery stores six days a week, recycling at least a million pounds of food every year that would otherwise be thrown away. However, the Food Bank’s culture of waste prevention and pollution control goes well beyond transferring surplus food into the hands of the needy. In fact, the FCFB received a Green Star Award from Interior Alaska Green Star (IAGS) in 2010 for their admirable efforts toward sustainability:
Recycling At a Glance Local Recycling Resources Alaska Waste www.alaskawaste.net 452-2009
Alliance for Reason and Knowledge a-r-k.us 799-7045
C & R Pipe and Steel www.crpipesteel.net 456-8386
• recycling old and unwanted electronics through IAGS’ e-waste recycling program
Fairbanks North Star Borough Recycling Commission
• recycling 200-300 egg cartons and cardboard boxes every day and re-using plastic liners from banana boxes as trash bags
Fairbanks North Star Borough Solid Waste Division
• re-purposing food unsuitable for human consumption by feeding livestock or composting it • using natural gas to reduce air pollution and installing low flow toilets to conserve water
Fairbanks Rescue Mission – Recycling Center www.fairbanksrescuemission.org/frmrecyclecenter.htm 452-5343 ext 110
• securing funding for a microturbine that generates both heat (500,000 BTUs) and power (65 KWs) for use within the facility, and selling overage to GVEA
Interior Alaska Green Star
• encouraging the use of alternative modes of transportation such as busses, carpools and bicycles
Interior Alaska Green Star applauds FCFB’s voluntary implementation of these environmentally conscious efforts that help to reduce waste and prevent pollution in our community. The Fairbanks Community has a culture of sharing and caring for one another, which is why the Food Bank is still going strong after three decades of service. Last year, the Food Bank served over 27,000 clients and distributed 1,392,000 pounds of food thanks to 16,700 volunteer hours. Would you consider volunteering with the Food Bank to help end hunger in the Tanana Valley? Please call FCFB at (907) 457-4273 or visit www.fairbanksfoodbank.org today to learn more!
Northern Alaska Environmental Center www.northern.org 452-5021
Project Fairbanks 687-1048
UAF Office of Sustainability www.uaf.edu/sustainability 474-5070
Food waste accounts for 21% of America’s garbage. To learn more about diverting food from landfills, refer to the following link: www.epa.gov/foodrecovery
During the 2013 Tanana Valley State Fair, Interior Alaska Green Star volunteers recycled 2,112 pounds of discarded plastic bottles and soft drink cans. Consider volunteering for next year’s fair! Visit http://iagreenstar.org/volunteer or call IAGS at 907-452-4152 to learn more.
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Brown, corrugated (not shiny or colored) cardboard boxes
Waxy cardboard, non-corrugated paper, pizza/cereal boxes
Newspapers, newspaper inserts
White/colored paper, glossy paper, junk mail, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, gift wrap, books, magazines, phone books, paper egg cartons, shiny/waxy cardboard, pizza box tops
Food residue, paper cups/plates, napkins, tissues, milk cartons, juice boxes, hardcover books (unless binding and cover are removed), binder clips, plastic or metal bindings
Rinsed #1 bottles: beverage bottles, salad dressing bottles, etc.
Caps, other numbered plastics, items with food residue, produce and take-out containers
Rinsed #2 jugs, with necks and screw tops: milk jugs, laundry detergent jugs, etc.
Caps, other numbered plastics, items with food residue, cups, tubs, oil/chemical containers
Glass Jars & Bottles
Rinsed glass: food and beverage bottles, jars, etc.
All lids, items with food residue, Pyrex and other heat-resistant glass, plate glass, drinking glasses
Rinsed beverage cans
Items with food residue, aluminum foil, pie pans, food cans, aerosol cans
Rinsed food cans
Items with food residue, labels
Aluminum scrap, brass, copper, stainless steel, radiators, lead, tin, cables, appliances, etc. Call for more details.
Refrigerants, oils, fuels, antifreeze, hazardous or toxic substances, non-metallic materials
Batteries, cables/cords, cameras, cell phones, computers, modems, monitors, printers, TVs, speakers, etc.
VHS/Cassette Tapes, smoke detectors, exit signs, vacuum cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs
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B Interior AK Green Star 1855 Marika Road (UAF Property/Central Receiving Warehouse) 452-4152
C Fairbanks Rescue Mission Recycling Center
D C & R Pipe and Steel 401 E. Van Horn Road 456-8386
723 27th Avenue 452-5343
Recycling Options for Businesses Fairbanks Rescue Mission 452-5343 ext 110 Local businesses may drop off recyclables Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Commercial pick-up service is also available; email email@example.com for more information.
Fairbanks North Star Borough 459-1482 Local businesses can drop off hazardous wastes every Tuesday through Saturday from 9am until 4pm. Note: Solid waste regulations prohibit the disposal of used cooking oil and grease in the FNSB Solid Waste Facility. See FNSB Solid Waste’s online resource sheet for information about proper recycling or disposal of these materials from businesses: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/solidwaste/HHWHome.htm.
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The FNSB Used Oil Recovery Program began October 24, 2002, becoming the primary heat source for the main Solid Waste Facility Building, and the Recycling/ Household Hazardous Waste Facility beginning December 2007. Approximately $130,000 is saved each year by eliminating used oil disposal costs and significantly reducing the need to purchase heating fuel. Source: “FNSB Solid Waste Facility”
Interior Alaska Green Star 452-4152 Local businesses may drop off electronics the 3rd weekend of every month Fri & Sat. Check out their website for more information: www.iagreenstar.org.
K&K Recycling 488-1409 Local businesses may drop off material any time. Commercial dumpster services are also available. Call for more information.
Reuse Options Do you offer reuse opportunities and don’t see your business on this list? Contact Interior Alaska Green Star at 452-4152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop-Off Locations & Pick-Up Services
Thrift and Consignment Stores
These organizations accept donations of various materials for reuse through drop-off locations and/or pick-up services.
A sampling of options for buying, selling, or trading used items in the Fairbanks area.
Designers Closet FRA Closet Collections 805 Airport Way 451-7766 Clothing, shoes, linens, small appliances, furniture, household goods. Call to schedule free pick-up service, or drop off anytime at bins in the following parking lots: ~ Bentley Mall, 32 College Road ~ Fairbanks Resource Agency, 805 Airport Way ~ Fox General Store, 2226 Old Steese Highway ~ North Pole Plaza, 301 North Santa Claus Lane ~ UAF Recycling, Taku Parking Lot.
Gulliver’s Books 3525 College Road 474-9574
201 Old Steese Hwy, #2 457-4199 Clothing and accessories
Fireweed Consignment Boutique 3677 College Rd #12 374-7910
Here are some options for donating food to local charities in the Fairbanks area.
Once Upon a Child 250 Third Street 457-5444 Baby gear, clothing, footwear, furniture, toys
Play it Again Sports
Paperback books Drop off during store business hours for credit towards used book purchases.
160 Old Steese Highway 457-7427
Literacy Council of Alaska Forget-Me-Not Books
517 Gaffney Road 456-6212 Books, computers, flat screen monitors Drop off during bookstore business hours. Call before dropping off computers or monitors, as special requirements apply.
Salvation Army 2222 South Cushman Street 456-2085
Clothing and accessories
Fairbanks Community Food Bank 725 26th Avenue #101 457-4273
Fairbanks Rescue Mission 723 27th Avenue 452-5343
Stone Soup Café
2740 Picket Place 455-8733 Sporting goods, books, movies, cookware, furniture, tools, and more
507 Gaffney road 456-8317
Value Village 3027 Airport Way 474-4828 Books, clothing, furniture, household items
Cars, appliances, clothing, furniture Drop off Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Call to schedule pickup for large items.
For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. SOURCE: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/ conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
FNSB Recycling Services
Specialized Reuse & Recycling
Recycling or Waste-to-Energy Utilization of Household Hazardous Waste
In addition to the standard household recyclables accepted through various drop-off sites, there are many other items that can be reused or recycled in Fairbanks. Here is a list of just a few of those items and where they can be recycled. Please contact these businesses directly for more information.
http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/SolidWaste/HHWHome.htm The FNSB Recycling/Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility accepts hazardous wastes to be recycled or used for waste-to-energy programs every Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm). Limit is 220 pounds per month (approximately 26 gallons). Businesses must call to schedule an appointment and fees will apply; residents may drop off materials anytime free of charge.
Batteries ABS Alaskan (Lead Acid), 452-2002 Interior Alaska Green Star (All Except Lead Acid), 452-4152
Building Materials Habitat for Humanity (materials accepted by appointment only), 452-1685
Residents may also drop off hazardous wastes at the FNSB Solid Waste Facility during open hours, or at most transfer sites. See website for a list of transfer sites that accept these materials.
Cell Phones Bridge Program, 474-2144 Interior Alaska Green Star, 452-4152 Joy Elementary School, 456-5469 UAF Office of Sustainability, 474-5070
Types of Waste Accepted
Antifreeze Car Batteries Corrosives Diesels Gasoline Motor Oils Oxidizers Paint PCB Ballasts Poisons Solvents
Alaska Feed Company, 451-5570 Cold Spot Feeds, 457-8555 Fairbanks Community Food Bank, 456-2337
Eyeglasses Eye Clinic of Fairbanks, 456-7760 West Valley Vision Center 479-4700
Light Bulbs Home Depot (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs), 451-9003 North Coast Electric (Fluorescent Tubes), 456-4410 Fees range from $65 and up.
Plastic Grocery Bags Fairbanks Community Food Bank, 456-2337 Fred Meyer, All locations Safeway, All locations
The FNSB Recycling Commission works with the community to increase recycling and public awareness. Their mission is to: “Achieve greater economic and environmental sustainability in the Borough by supporting ongoing actions to reduce and recycle resources from the waste stream with the ultimate goal of zero waste.”
Quick Mail, 452-6179
Plastic Bottle Caps Elements Salon & Day Spa, 456-8877
Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges Bridge Program, 474-2144 Interior Alaska Green Star, 452-4152 Joy Elementary School, 456-5469 UAF Office of Sustainability, 474-5070
For more information about how the Recycling Commission can serve you: http://www.co.fairbanks. ak.us/Boards/RecyclingCommission/
Recycling is popular! 86% of residents in the FNSB would recycle at transfer sites, if available, according to the results of 2012 survey sponsored by the FNSB Recycling Commission. 7
Electronics Recycling Interior Alaska Green Star accepts ALL electronics FREE OF CHARGE once per month, thanks to the FNSB Recycling Commission’s recommendation of sponsorship (subject to change after September 2014). For more information, contact IAGS at: email@example.com, 452-4152, or online at www.iagreenstar.org
Location 1855 Marika ROAD (subject to change, check website for updates)
Dates and Hours Third Weekend of Every Month – Friday and Saturday Open 10 am to 4 pm
June 20/21 July 18/19 Aug 15/16 Sept 19/20 Oct 17/18 Nov 14/15 Dec 19/20
Jan 16/17 Feb 20/21 Mar 20/21 April 17/18 May 15/16 Jun 19/20 Jul 17/18
What can I recycle? Batteries Cables/Cords/Wires Calculators Cameras Cell Phones Computer CPUs Copiers Discs—CD, DVD, Floppy DVD Players Game Consoles Laptop Computers Microwave Ovens Monitors Printers Radios Scanners Small Kitchen Appliances Speakers Stereos Telephones TVs VCRs AND MORE!
Visit our website for the full list of what we accept.
Why should I recycle my old electronic devices? The use of electronic products has grown substantially over the past two decades. The negative side of our advances in technology is that old devices will be thrown away. Consumer electronics waste—or e-waste—constitutes as much as 5% of the solid waste stream and is increasing every year. E-waste contains toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Aside from the toxic issues surrounding electronics disposal, many of the materials are recoverable, such as gold and copper. Rather than throwing away these valuable resources, it makes sense to recycle the devices and reuse as many of these materials as possible! IAGS’s Electronics Recycling Depot is supported by the FNSB’s Recycling Commission’s recommendation of sponsorship.
IAGS has recycled a total of 332 tons of electronics since the program began. That number continues to increase thanks to the support of our community!