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Fair Honored with ALPAR Award for Recycling and Litter Prevention

Palmer, Alaska – The Alaska State Fair was honored with the Outstanding Recycling Program award at the Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) awards banquet, held May 1st in Anchorage. The awards celebrate the work and achievements of Alaska’s recycling innovators and stewards for a litter-free environment.

“For their extraordinary commitment to environmental stewardship through the recycling program at the largest event in Alaska, ALPAR is honored to present the Outstanding Recycling Program Award to the Alaska State Fair,” said Don Grasse, ALPAR board member, during his award presentation to the Fair at last week’s banquet.

The Fair recycling program began in 2002 through a partnership between the Fair, Green Star, BP, Valley Community for Recycling Solutions and hundreds of volunteers. Over the years, the program has grown from an all-volunteer effort to the addition of four paid staff during the Fair.

The Fair works to enlist and organize volunteers and supplies, coordinating with the Fair’s maintenance crew and the Valley recycling center. The Fair also provides a unit to store equipment and supplies through the winter; the same unit provides headquarters for the recycling program during the Fair. With help from BP, the Fair has also invested in tents to cover the recycling area, and vests, aprons and gloves for volunteers.

Last year alone, Fair staff and volunteers collected and sorted more than 30,000 pounds, or 15.2 tons, of recyclable materials, including plastic, mixed paper, aluminum, cardboard and steel cans.

ALPAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing economically viable recycling and eliminating litter in Alaska. It has been recognizing recycling and litter prevention achievements in Alaska throughout its 31 years of operation. 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 waste while continually developing better business methods that lend to sustainable and beautiful communities.

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