Local Organizations Make Arctic Winter Games Green

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006


  Kenai Peninsula Borough SW Director Cathy Mayer recycles a PET #1 drink container Photo By Star McGlasson

Kenai Peninsula Borough SW Director Cathy Mayer recycles a PET #1 drink container

Photo By Star McGlasson

Four organizations and companies with a “green” attitude are working together to ensure the Arctic Winter Games trash does not wind up in the borough landfill.

Green Star, ReGroup, Alaska Waste, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have joined forces in the fight against waste so these Games are Earth-friendly.

The mission of both Green Star and Regroup is to reduce waste not only on the peninsula but also at the Games, said Barbara Maynard, Green Star coordinator.

“With an event as large as the Arctic Winter Games, we knew there would be a lot of recyclable waste generated and we wanted to do our part to reduce the burden on the local landfill and to steer valuable resources toward a second useful life,” said Maynard.

Both Green Star and ReGroup, local non-profit organizations, have provided recycling containers and coordinated volunteers to handle the recyclables during the Games, said Cathy Mayer, director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste. Mayer is actively involved with Green Star and ReGroup and is chair of recyclables for the Games.

Alaska Waste has donated the use of cardboard containers and all recycling hauling services, according to Mayer.

The borough is an important part of all of it, said Mayer. They have donated the use of compartmented roll-off containers and borough landfill employees will properly segregate recyclables, she said. “All items will be recycled, saving space in our landfill,” added Mayer.

Additionally, members of ReGroup and students at the Alaska Christian College are volunteering to empty the containers of recyclables every day at eight different venues, said Maynard.

“We will collect recyclables at Kenai Central High School, Soldotna High School, Redoubt Elementary, Skyview High School and the Soldotna Sports Center,” said Maynard. Cardboard will also be collected at Mountain View Elementary.

When spectators and athletes have pop bottles, aluminum cans, and programs or other mixed paper to discard, we hope they will look for the recycling containers, said Maynard. “Think before you throw.”

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