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Learn about recycling efforts in Fairbanks, as well as some general facts on recycling and useful links.

Click the icon to view a comprehensive pdf table of recycling centers in Fairbanks and their contact information. [56K download]

 

 

 

Exciting New Recycling Option:

The Fairbanks Rescue Mission Recycling Center is officially open as of 9/5/09!

The Rescue Mission employs its residents to operate the Recycling Center at the Mission, which is open to the public every Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Address: 27th Ave. off Cushman.

Here is what you can recycle at the Mission:

Newspaper, Aluminum, and Cardboard

Recycling Facts:

Recycling by the numbers - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • The U.S. currently recycles 32.5 percent of its waste, compared with about five percent in 1970.
  • According to the EPA, recycling cuts global warming pollution by the equivalent of removing 39.6 million passenger cars from the road.
  • Before 1973, no curbside recycling programs existed in the United States. By 2006, about 8,660 curbside programs had sprouted up across the nation.
  • 31 percent of plastic soft drink bottles, 45 percent of aluminum cans and 67 percent of all major appliances are now recycled.
  • Less than half of all post-consumer paper discarded in the United States is recovered for recycling.
  • Only 13 percent of water bottles are recycled. In 2005, Americans purchased 30 billion water bottles, and 26 billion of them wound up in landfills.
  • Airports and airlines recycle less than 20 percent of the 425,000 tons of passenger-related waste they produce each year.

     

    Links to basics and facts of recycling

    Earth911.com Earth 911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability.

    EPA's Municipal Solid Waste Site General resource for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling; also includes a kids' page!

    National Recycling Coalition NRC is the largest national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of recycling, waste prevention, composting, and reuse.

    Internet Consumer Recycling Guide This recycling guide provides a starting point for consumers in the USA and Canada searching the 'net for recycling information. The information is for regular folks with regular household quantities of materials to recycle. The goal is to help make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life.

    Grassroots Recycling Network (GRRN) GRRN is the leading voice calling for Zero Waste (ZW) in the United States by promoting the message that we must go “beyond recycling” and go upstream to the headwaters of the waste stream which is the industrial designer’s desk. ZW means not only 100% recovery of society’s discards, but also a redesign of the products and packaging of our lives such that everything produced for our consumer economy is non-toxic and designed to be recovered for re-use, recycling or composting.

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