Stephanie Cox, Green Star Coordinator, Cathy Mayer, KPB solid waste director & volunteer Evan Mayer recieve cans at KPB Land Fill Saturday.
For a decade now the Kenai Peninsula Borough in cooperation with Peninsula Sanitation, Green Star, and Unocal Alaska has been sponsoring a Great Aluminum Can Round-Up. The event annually kicks-off in November on national America Recycles day, and concludes on Earth Day in April. Cathy Mayer, solid waste director for the Borough, has been involved with the event since its inception ten years ago, "This year we're taking enrollments from youth and school organizations. Any group can turn in their forms to me at the Solid Waste office on Poppy Lane and we put them on our list and notify all participants of the collection dates. We use to collect the cans at Peninsula Sanitation, but this year the collection is taking place out at the land fill in the multi-purpose building," explained Mayer.
Last Saturday was the first collection day for this year's Great Aluminum Can Round-Up, and according to Green Star Coordinator Stephanie Cox, the drive is well under way, but there is still time to sign up and participate. The next collection weigh-in date is February 12th, March 5th, and two dates in April, the 2nd and the 16th, "And if the participation increases as we hope it will, we will ad more collection dates as needed," said Cox. The largest load Saturday came from Grace Lutheran Sunday School, and so far other participants include Star of the North Lutheran Church, K-Beach Elementary, Soldotna High School, Grace Lutheran Sunday School, Kenai Middle School and Mt. View Elementary.
Cash prizes of over $1,000 will be awarded again this year that include, "Thanks to our sponsors this is a great way to get some money out to some of our local youth organizations and it keeps the aluminum from being buried in the land fill," said Mayer. She encourages everyone to participate even if they are not with a local group; they can bring their cans to the land fill on collection days and designate the weight to any group of their choice. Mayer says that over the last decade collection have averaged from 2,900 pounds up to 7,000 pounds of aluminum, "We've had some very successful years and we are hoping to break that 7,000 pound record this year. The average garbage can of un-crushed cans weighs about 6 pounds, so you can figure out how many cans are being kept out of our land fill," added Mayer.
The Borough and all the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up sponsors encourage central peninsula schools and youth organizations to participate as it is not too late to sign up. For more information contact Cathy at 262-9667 for an enrollment form.
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