The Alaska Materials Exchange (AME) is a program for businesses that find themselves with an excess of usable materials that they no longer need. The AME is a free service designed to help Alaskan businesses reuse materials and find alternatives to throwing valuable materials into Alaska's landfills.
The Exchange publishes a quarterly catalog of listings of materials that are available along with information dedicated to pollution prevention, waste reduction, and education for businesses, schools, and communities. According to Deric Marcorelle, local environmental specialist with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the program started about four years ago and reached the first million dollar mark of exchanged material just a year ago, "It took three years for the program to catch on and reach that million dollar mark, and in just the last year have doubled that and reached the second million dollars," said Marcorelle pointing out that one business's waste may be another's valuable resource.
The savings mark represents over 101 tons of material diverted from Alaskan landfills. Some of the material categories include metals, chemicals, heavy equipment, wood, pallets, oils, greases, equipment parts, paper products, paints, camp equipment, office supplies, containers and packing materials, electronic equipment and construction materials. The catalog includes materials available and materials wanted by organizations or businesses. The deadline for the first quarter 2002 catalog is February 8th. For more information, contact Tee Little, AME Coordinator at 800-510-2332, or e-mail Tee_Little@envircon.state.ak.us
Copies of the AME catalog are available locally at the ADEC offices in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Rd.
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