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ALPAR Presents Awards for Recycling and Litter Prevention

On Thursday, April 29, ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling) will recognize

outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2009 at their annual awards banquet held at the historic Alaska Railroad Freight Shed.  This year's theme is "Recycle, Reuse, Renovate!" and will celebrate the greening of the construction industry in Alaska.

ALPAR has presented these awards since its inception in 1983. Fort Richardson receives the Outstanding Litter Program Award for its exemplary efforts during the Anchorage Chamber Citywide Clean up last year and throughout the summer with over 100 volunteers providing over 4000 hours of work to clean up Anchorage.   Central Recycling Services, an Alaska based construction and demolition debris recycler, is being recognized as the Outstanding Business Recycler for their substantial capital investment in their facility which is expanding the opportunity for the construction industry to divert waste and recycle.

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is named Outstanding Supporter for their success in reusing and recycling over 5 million pounds of construction products and materials in their 7 years serving Anchorage.  The resulting revenues last year enabled them to build an entire house.   The News Group is recognized as the Outstanding Contributor of the year for their donation of office space to ALPAR and their long-standing efforts in magazine recycling.

Thermo-Kool of Alaska receives the ALPAR Board of Directors Award for their 33-year commitment to manufacturing construction materials here in state, primarily cellulose insulation and hydro seeding mulch using recycled materials such as newsprint and other paper. 

The Municipality of Anchorage will receive the Outstanding Recycling Community award for their new outreach efforts, support for the Anchorage School District's recycling program and expansion of curbside recycling.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Anchorage and Eagle River receives the award for Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol for successfully operating 5 patrols that not only picked up 585 bags of trash last summer, but also taught youth patrollers work skills through their Job Ready and Career Launch programs.   Chugiak High School's Taking Environmental Action Club receives top honors for Outstanding Anchorage School Recycling Program.  Student leader Molissa Udevitz and club members took the lead to implement Chugiak High's successful mixed paper recycling, plastic and can recycling program.  The Alaska Branch of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council will be recognized with the Leadership in Education Award for their exemplary efforts to change the mindset about green construction in Alaska. 

Riley Kosinski, the Outreach Coordinator with Total Reclaim, the Anchorage based electronics recycler, will be recognized for Outstanding Service for his work to raise awareness about electronics recycling and managing other wastes that are hazardous to the environment.

This year, ALPAR most prestigious award called the Joe Gulley President's Award for Outstanding Leadership is recognizing Rodney Gaskins, Executive Director of the Fairbanks Rescue Mission for his exemplary community service, leadership and vision that resulted in the start up of a new recycling center for Fairbanks that is operated in large part by the homeless clients that are served by the Mission.  He accomplished this from inception of the idea to realty in just 10 months.

Local artist Rebecca Lyon created the award plaques using recycled materials and found objects.

ALPAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economically viable recycling and eliminating litter in Alaska.  ALPAR with help from BP distributes free, bright yellow clean up bags to 220 Alaskan communities and organizations each summer, funds Youth Litter Patrols statewide.  Through the generous support from the shipping companies including Horizon Lines, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Lynden and Northland Services, ALPAR helps move recyclables from South Central Alaska to market.  The support of our member companies and other dedicated businesses throughout Alaska make ALPAR programs and services possible.


ALPAR AWARD WINNERS

2009 Joe Gulley President's Award 
For Outstanding Service                                             
Rodney Gaskins - Fairbanks Rescue Mission

2009 Board of Directors' Award
For Outstanding Service
Thermo-Kool of Alaska

2009 Contributor of the Year                     
The News Group

2009 Outstanding Litter Program
Fort Richardson

2009 Outstanding Recycling Community  
Municipality of Anchorage

2009 Outstanding Supporter                      
Habitat for Humanity ReStore

2009 Outstanding Business Recycler
Central Recycling Services

2009 Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol
Boys & Girls Clubs - Anchorage and Eagle River

2009 Leadership in Education                    
Cascadia Region Green Building Council - Alaska Branch

2009 Outstanding Anchorage School Recycling Program

Chugiak High School - Taking Environmental Action Club

2009 Outstanding Service
Riley Kosinski - Total Reclaim

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