Waste less, recycle more

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department encourages peninsula residents to become more environmentally aware by practicing the three R's — reduce, reuse and recycle.

Consumers can reduce the amount and toxicity of trash discarded by purchasing long-lasting durable goods.

Reusing products whenever possible is better than recycling because the items do not need to be reprocessed.

Recycling turns materials that would become waste into valuable resources.

Recycling also includes buying products with recycled content.

Recycling stations are available in the following locations:

Central peninsula: Central Peninsula Landfill, the Borough Administration Building, the Funny River and Kasilof transfer sites and at the Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling transfer facilities.

South peninsula residents can recycle at the Homer Landfill, Eagle Quality Center parking lot and the Ninilchik, Anchor Point and McNeil Canyon transfer sites.

In the eastern peninsula , area recyclables can be brought to the Seward Transfer Facility, Seward's Visitor's Center and the Hope, Cooper Landing and Moose Pass transfer sites.

The Central Peninsula Landfill accepts fluorescent bulbs on a daily basis. Call for details and restrictions.

The waste department also has been experiencing a higher than usual number of fires and reminds residents that hot ash, matches, lighters, chemicals or any other flammable substances are not accepted at any of the borough facilities.

For more information on recycling, a complete list of acceptable recycling items and other programs that the KPBSWD has to offer, call 262-9667 or visit its Web site www.bor ough.kenai.ak.us/solidwaste.

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