- A Bottle Bill is introduced in the Alaska State legislature. Liquor industry
opposes it, works out agreement to manage the glass waste: Alaskans
for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) is formed.
1980's - 1990's
- Recycling grows in the community on a volunteer basis
- 1997- Anchorage Refuse announces closure of Anchorage Recycling
Center. Community responds with Anchorage wide meetings which are
sponsored by no single entity.
- 1999- Environmental Recycling Inc. develops a sustainable glass
recycling program in response to community desires.
- Anchorage assembly develops the Waste Reduction and Recycling
Management Plan, finalized in March of 2000, specifically to foster
recycling in Anchorage. Includes a provision to set aside $1 per
revenue ton dedicated to establishing new sustainable recycling
- Early 2000's- $1 per revenue ton grant program funds various
proposals from several entities in the community. Includes proposals
- Early 2000's- Environmental Recycling transfers glass plant ownership
to Polar Supply. There is an agreement to move the processing plant
away from the Anchorage Regional Composting Facility at Pt. Woronzof.
- 2003- the $1/ton grant program draws criticism for failure to follow both
internal process and for violating the spirit of overall program intent.
- Polar Supply develops a 'relationship' with ALPAR where ALPAR
provides glass from the liquor industry around town and dollars from the
municipal grant program.
- 2007- Polar Supply sells the glass processing plant, still located at the
Anchorage Regional Composting Facility, to EK Industries
- 2008- EK Industries follows tradition of allowing build up of glass beyond
what they can process. Agreement is reached between EK, ALPAR and
MOA to "clean up" old glass and replace with "new" glass from
community drop off bins. "Old " glass is sent to landfill.
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Glass Recycling In
Anchorage: A Brief History