ALPAR Presents Awards for Recycling and Litter Prevention
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) recognized outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2017-18 at their annual awards banquet held at the Kincaid Park Chalet in Anchorage. ALPAR always has a theme for the event and many attendees come in costume. This year the theme was “Pollution Pirates – Into the Bin, Matey!” The annual gathering marked the 35th year of the ALPAR Awards.
A forward thinking group of business leaders who saw the need for on-going litter prevention and recycling programs in Alaska founded ALPAR in 1983. Many of the original businesses remain supporters today. By acknowledging exceptional contributions, the ALPAR awards bring awareness to Alaskans about the importance of preventing and cleaning up litter and recycling waste as well as continually developing better business methods that lend to sustainable and beautiful communities.
Mollie Boyer receives the Joe Gulley President's Award for Outstanding Leadership.
ALPAR’s most prestigious award, the Joe Gulley President's Award for Outstanding Leadership honors a leader in recycling in Alaska. Receiving this year’s award is Mollie Boyer, Executive Director of Valley Community for Recycling Solutions, the recycling center for the MatSu Valley communities. She was instrumental in leading the effort to start recycling in the MatSu Borough 20 years ago and in 2012 led the effort to build a new state-of-the art recycling center adjacent to the Palmer landfill.
The Anchorage Waterways Council received the Outstanding Litter Program Award for its exemplary efforts to organize Anchorage’s Creek Cleanup now in it’s 35th year. In 2017, 750 volunteers removed over 3 tons of trash and debris from Anchorage streams and shorelines.
ALPAR presents the Dimond Center's Tom Fenn with the award for Outstanding Business Recycler.
Dimond Center is recognized as the Outstanding Business Recycler for their extensive recycling initiatives for the center and its tenants. They recycled over 117 tons of cardboard in 2017, cooking oil from 10 restaurants and tons of construction debris and unused paint.
The Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services received the ALPAR Outstanding Supporter of the year for their support for better recycling services through partnership with ALPAR on Christmas trees and glass recycling, support for Anchorage School District recycling, and growing composting and curbside recycling for Anchorage.
Matson Navigation Company of Alaska was recognized as the Outstanding Contributor of the year for their significant shipping donations that allow for free and economically viable recycling for the Railbelt communities and Kodiak. Their support helps make ALPAR programs and services possible.
The Alaska Railroad received the ALPAR Board of Directors Award for Community Service for their long-standing contributions that move over 150 vanloads of recyclables from Fairbanks to Anchorage and from Anchorage to Whittier in support of the recycling system in the Railbelt.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough received the Outstanding Recycling Community award for the successful opening of the new Central Recycling Facility for Fairbanks bringing sustainable recycling services for Fairbanks and surrounding communities.
Metlakatla Indian Community received the award for Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol for exemplary efforts to support and operate the ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol putting 60 youth in Metlakatla to work cleaning up their community throughout the summer, teaching job skills and allowing patrollers to earn money for their efforts.
O’Malley Elementary received top honors as the Outstanding School Recycling Program for their exemplary efforts by the student CARE Team to recycle paper and other materials and to raise awareness of the importance of recycling especially by Building Plant Operator Glenn Ratcliff. He organizes a school recycling competition and displays results and also encourages kids to bring recycling from home if they don’t have other options.
The Renewable Energy Alaska Project was recognized with the ALPAR Leadership in Education Award for its exemplary efforts to educate Alaskans on the energy savings realized by regular recycling.
James Patrick of Pepsi received the Outstanding Service Award for his 15 years of outstanding service to ALPAR managing the distribution of the ALPAR/BP free litterbags to over 220 organizations and communities in Alaska every year.
Alaskan Native artist Rebecca Lyon created this year’s award plaques using recycled plastic, metal and reclaimed materials.
2017-18 ALPAR Awards
Honoring individuals, organizations and businesses making exceptional contributions to litter clean up and recycling in Alaska.
Joe Gulley President's Award for Outstanding Service
Mollie Boyer, Executive Director of Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Service
Contributor of the Year
Matson Navigation Company of Alaska
Outstanding Litter Program
Anchorage Waterways Council – Creek Cleanup
Outstanding Recycling Community
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services
Outstanding Business Recycler
Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol
Metlakatla Indian Community
Leadership in Education
Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Outstanding School Recycling Program
O’Malley Elementary - Anchorage
James Patrick - Pepsi