Letter to the editor: Recycling event a success

An incredible turnout for the Electronics Recycling Event November 16 resulted in over 14 tons of electronics being collected and put in the recycled stream rather than a waste stream! Thanks to XTO Energy Inc. for a generous donation that helped provide opportunity for over 120 households to contribute to this successful event. Thanks also to the six businesses and two nonprofits that took advantage of this collection event. Total Reclaim Environmental Services processes and ships the components collected to various manufacturers to become new products. They are certified by the Basal Action Network to ensure that all materials are recycled in an environmentally appropriate manner.

Thanks go to Carlile Inc. that has provided haulback services since the event began in 2007. Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste provided the space and aided in the logistics of the event. Brian Conrad and Justin Peterson of KPBSW were especially helpful.

Thanks to the young people Jade Briggs, Wesley Matthews, and Jared Briggs who worked diligently the entire day. The remainder of the volunteers are Re-Group members who believe in the importance of reutilizing our resources. Thanks to Deric Marcorelle, MaryAnn Dyke, Paula Laurion, Connie Ferguson, Lisa Beranek, Nancy Schrag, Krista Timlin, and Andrew Hanrahan. Thanks to Gourmet Garden and Kaladi Bros. for providing warm food and drinks for all the workers.

Most importantly, thank you to all the households, businesses and non-profits who took the time and energy to get unused electronics delivered to be recycled! To all of you in the community we suggest you stockpile unused items and know that next year we will have another Electronics Recycle Event.

Jan Wallace, coordinator

Re-Group

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