ALPAR Presents Awards for Recycling and Litter Prevention
On Thursday, May 1, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) will recognize outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2013 at their annual awards banquet held at the O’Malley’s on the Green in Anchorage. This year’s theme is “Recycling on the High Seas” recognizing the role that Alaska’s Maritime industry plays in supporting recycling. The awards celebrate the work and achievements of Alaska’s recycling innovators and stewards for a litter free environment.
ALPAR has been recognizing recycling and litter prevention achievements in Alaska throughout its 31 years of operation. Many of the original founding businesses remain supporters today. By acknowledging exceptional contributions, the ALPAR awards encourage everyone in Alaska to do their part to prevent and clean up litter and reduce, reuse and recycle our waste while 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 the Gulf of Alaska Keeper for their dedication to cleaning up marine and tsunami debris from Alaska’s coastlines removing over 1,000,000 pounds and counting.
The Fairbanks Youth Litter Patrol receives the Outstanding Litter Program Award for its exemplary efforts to cleanup Fairbanks throughout the summer for 30 consecutive years, and consistently being the top producing litter patrol in the state.
Ocean Beauty Seafoods in Kodiak is being recognized as the Outstanding Business Recycler for their long-standing recycling program that delivers extensive volumes of cardboard and other materials to Threshold Recycling and contributing to Threshold’s mission to provide meaningful work to their employees with disabilities.
The Fairbanks Rescue Mission’s Recycling Center is recognized as the Outstanding Supporter of the year for its successful first 5 years providing recycling services for Fairbanks. Partnering with ALPAR and the shipping companies, the Mission has recycled over 7 million pounds of materials for Fairbanks since its startup in 2009.
Lynden, Inc. and their companies, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Lynden Transport is recognized as the Outstanding Contributor of the year for their support of ALPAR through the donation of shipping and transport services for the Railbelt’s community recycling centers.
Horizon Lines of Alaska receives the ALPAR Board of Directors Award for Community Service for its ongoing commitment to supporting recycling in the Railbelt and Kodiak by providing free or low cost shipping of recyclables to Outside markets.
Totem Ocean Trailer Express also is honored with the ALPAR Board of Directors Award for Community Service for its long-term support of recycling throughout Alaska’s Railbelt by providing free or low cost shipping of recyclables to Outside markets.
The Alaska State Fair receives the Outstanding Recycling Program award for their commitment to environmental stewardship by leading the effort to provide recycling for both vendors and fairgoers since 2002.
Kenai Peninsula District 4H Council receives the award for Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol for their clubs’ efforts to earn money for projects by doing litter pickup throughout the summer throughout the Kenai Peninsula’s communities, shorelines and parklands.
Robert Service High School in Anchorage receives top honors as the Outstanding School Recycling Program for their Life Skills and Recycle Club students’ outstanding effort to recycle at Service High and, in addition, provide recycling pick up for smaller Charter Schools insuring that all schools in the Anchorage School District can conveniently recycle.
Elaine Albertson with Valley Community for Recycling Solutions will be recognized with the Leadership in Education Award. Known as the “Martha Stewart of Recycling”, her extensive and creative programs and projects educate MatSu residents and students on the benefits of recycling.
Kate Munson of Kodiak will receive the Outstanding Volunteer Award for her extensive, weekly work at Threshold Services’ “Recycle Haven” drop off center in Kodiak.
Alaskan artist Rebecca Lyon created the beautiful award plaques using recycled cardboard and other materials.
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.
2013 ALPAR AWARD WINNERS for Outstanding Contributions to Recycling and Litter Prevention
2013 Joe Gulley President's Award For Outstanding Service
Gulf of Alaska Keeper
2013 Board of Directors' Award For Outstanding Service
2013 Board of Directors' Award For Outstanding Service
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
2013 Contributor of the Year
Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport
2013 Outstanding Litter Program
Fairbanks Youth Litter Patrol
2013 Outstanding Recycling Program
Alaska State Fair
2013 Outstanding Supporter
Fairbanks Rescue Mission’s Recycling Center
2013 Outstanding Business Recycler
Ocean Beauty Seafoods of Kodiak
2013 Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol
Kenai Peninsula District 4-H
2013 Leadership in Education
Elaine Albertson, Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
2013 Outstanding School Recycling Program
Robert Service High School
2013 Outstanding Volunteer
Kate Munson, Threshold Recycling