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The Central Recycling Facility in Fairbanks is slowly opening up to take plastic and paper after a two-month closure.

Recycling Coordinator Sean Huntington is calling last week a “soft” opening, without a formal announcement. But people found out anyway.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough replaced all the old fluorescent tubes at the Central Recycling Facility Monday with much more-efficient LED lighting. It’s one of several energy-efficiency efforts the borough has undertaken this year that will save taxpayers nearly a million dollars in the coming years.

Members of the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Sustainability Commission are putting the finishing touches on an ambitious plan to improve the area’s food supply, energy security and  and solid-waste management. The commissioners also are working on a report they’ll submit next month to the borough mayor and Assembly that’ll outline the progress they’ve made during their first full year of work on the task of promoting sustainability.


Since it opened nearly six months ago, the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Central Recycling Facility has kept more than 367 tons of materials from being dumped into landfill. The recycling manager says he and his partner organizations would like to expand the program, but he says staff will focus on an making the operation more efficient and customer-friendly.

Fairbanks Rescue Mission

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday approved an ordinance that renames the borough Recycling Commission and broadens its scope. The new advisory panel would be rebranded as the Sustainability Commission, and the new name would reflect its increased mission to include promoting environmentally cleaner practices, renewable energy and food security.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough will open its long-awaited Central Recycling Facility Sept 1 in an area just north of the Johansen Expressway.

Alaska Solid Waste News

The City of Fort Yukon plans to build a new landfill. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the project is aimed at improving safety and recycling some of the community’s waste stream.

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Fairbanks entrepreneur Bernie Karl says he had to stop collecting plastics at his K&K Recycling facility earlier this month because he can’t find a use for the material right now that makes economic sense. But there are other places around town where people can still drop off some types of plastic – including the Fairbanks Rescue Mission, on the city’s south side.

UAF Cancels Popular Recycling Program

May 9, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK -  In June, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will discontinue its recycling program.  It’s a cost cutting measure, but it also comes in response to what the University sees as a lack of action by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.