Fairbanks Looking to Expand Recycling Program

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Juneau residents pay a $4 monthly surcharge for recycling services as part of their garbage bill. That helps pay for the recycling center at the landfill, junk vehicle round ups, and collection of hazardous materials – all of which the city provides in conjunction with private companies.

For a couple years now city officials have been looking to grow the recycling program, citing increased demand and the need to keep the landfill in check.

The amount of recyclable material shipped out of the Juneau landfill has increased nearly four-fold since 2005. This month the city will issue a request for proposals to gauge interest in consolidating or expanding recycling in the Capital City.

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