Shred Alaska Recycle Award – Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling

Shred Alaska Recycle Award

(ALPAR Presents) Shred Alaska Recycle Award for Recycling and Litter Prevention

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) recognized outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2014 at their annual awards banquet held at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.  This marks the 32nd year of the ALPAR Awards.   This year’s banquet theme is “Those Amazing Recycler’s in Their Flying Machines” recognizing the role that Alaska’s airline industry plays in supporting recycling in rural Alaska.

A forward thinking group of business leaders who saw the need for on-going litter prevention and recycling programs statewide started ALPAR in 1983.  Many of the original founding businesses remain supporters today.  By acknowledging exceptional contributions, the ALPAR awards bring awareness to Alaskans about the importance of preventing and cleaning up litter and recycling our waste as well as continually developing better business methods that lend to sustainable and beautiful communities.

ALPAR’s most prestigious award, the Joe Gulley President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, honors Don Grasse, General Manager of K&L Distributors and ALPAR board member for 21 years. His service as board president and chair of the ALPAR freight committee has been instrumental in furthering ALPAR’s mission.

The City of Kotzebue receives the Outstanding Litter Program Award for its exemplary efforts to organize the community of Kotzebue and its many volunteers and organizations for spring and summer cleans ups for 25 consecutive years.

Shred Alaska located in Anchorage is being recognized as the Outstanding Business Recycler for their extensive recycling program that delivered the largest volume of materials to the Anchorage Recycling Center this past year – 5.2 million pounds and 57 million pounds since their business began. Shred Alaska helped over 3,200 businesses recycle their waste last year.

Faltz Landscaping and Nursery is recognized as the Outstanding Supporter of the year for its summer-long plastic nursery pot recycling program for the public.  Partnering with ALPAR and the Anchorage Recycling Center, Faltz Nursery, at their location in south Anchorage, has helped gardeners recycle over 12 tons of plastic pots in the past 4 years.

Northern Air Cargo is recognized as the Outstanding Contributor of the year for their support of ALPAR and over 90 rural communities through the donation of airfreight services for the ALPAR Flying Cans and Plastic Bottles recycling program since 1992.  Over 900 tons of materials to date have been flown to Anchorage and recycled as a result of their contribution.

Ravn Alaska receives the ALPAR Board of Directors Award for Community Service for its support of the ALPAR Flying Cans and Flying Bottles recycling programs helping over 25 bush communities move their recyclables to the hubs for transport to the Anchorage Recycling Center through their generous donation of backhaul services.

The City of Gustavus receives the Outstanding Recycling Community award for achieving a 71 percent recycling rate thanks to the exemplary efforts of Paul Berry, Disposal and Recycling Center manager for 2 decades.

The Native Village of Shishmaref receives the award for Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol for exemplary efforts to organize and operate the ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol in Shishmaref collecting over 2,500 pounds of litter and recyclables last year.  The Shishmaref Youth Litter Patrol is an annual program since the 1990’s thanks to Sharon Nayokpuk, Shishmaref’s Environmental Program Manager.

Eagle River High School in Anchorage receives top honors as the Outstanding School Recycling Program for their school-wide effort to recycle paper, cans, glass and plastic bottles accomplished through the dedication and work of 25 students including those in special needs classes and the Eagle River High Green Club. They are supported by teachers and staff including Melodie Radcliffe and Clinton Holloway.

Ted Jacobson, working with the EPA and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, will be recognized with the ALPAR Leadership in Education Award for his 30 years of commitment to training, educating and creating solutions to better manage solid waste in rural Alaska.

Rebecca Lyon will receive the Outstanding Service Award for creating and building the sculpture “Transformation,” part of the Westchester Lagoon park project completed in 2014 and spearheaded by ALPAR and the Anchorage Park Foundation.  She is also recognized for raising awareness through her “Recycled Art” award plaques created for ALPAR over the past 11 years.

Alaskan Native artist Rebecca Lyon created this year’s award plaques using recycled aluminum cans and plastic.

ALPAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economically viable recycling and eliminating litter in Alaska. With major support from BP, ALPAR distributes free, bright yellow litterbags to 220 Alaskan communities and organizations each summer and provides grant funds for over 90 Youth Litter Patrols statewide.  Through the generous support from the shipping companies, Horizon Lines, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Lynden’s Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport and the Alaska Railroad ALPAR helps move recyclables from Railbelt communities to market.  The support by dedicated businesses and communities throughout Alaska make ALPAR programs and services possible.

2014 Award Recipients

Outstanding Contributions to Recycling and Litter Prevention
(Presented on April 29, 2015 at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum)

2014 Joe Gulley President’s Award
For Outstanding Service
Don Grasse

2014 Board of Directors’ Award
For Outstanding Service
Ravn Alaska

2014 Contributor of the Year
Northern Air Cargo

2014 Outstanding Litter Program
City of Kotzebue

2014 Outstanding Recycling Community
City of Gustavus

2014 Outstanding Supporter
Faltz Landscaping & Nursery

2014 Outstanding Business Recycler
Shred Alaska

2014 Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol
Native Village of Shishmaref

2014 Leadership in Education
Ted Jacobson

2014 Outstanding School Recycling Program
Eagle River High School

2014 Outstanding Service
Rebecca Lyon

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