May 9, 2012
The following news release is shared on behalf of Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling.
Contact: Mary Fisher
ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling)
644-7968 / cell 317-8089
ALPAR presents awards for recycling and litter prevention
On Thursday, May 10, ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling) will recognize outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2011 at their annual awards banquet held at the Kincaid Chalet in Anchorage. This year's (GOLF!) theme is "Recyclers Going for the Green" and will celebrate the work and achievements of Alaska's recycling innovators and stewards for a litter free environment.
ALPAR has presented these awards since its inception in 1983. By acknowledging exceptional service and contributions to recycling and litter prevention, ALPAR's awards encourage everyone in Alaska to do their part to prevent and clean up litter and reduce, reuse and recycle our waste while continually developing better business models and methods that lend to sustainable and beautiful communities.
This year, ALPARs most prestigious award, the Joe Gulley President's Award for Outstanding Leadership, honors Anchorage School District for its success in implementing a system wide mixed paper recycling program and for its participation in Citywide Cleanup and its "Little Sweepers" Program that involves hundreds of kids who clean up around their schools and neighborhoods.
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce receives the Outstanding Litter Program Award for its exemplary efforts with Kodiak Clean Up Day and the Kodiak Youth Litter Patrol last year.
ConocoPhillips Kuparuk River and Alpine Fields are being recognized as the Outstanding Business Recycler of the year for their recycling and composting efforts recycling over 3.5 million pounds of materials last year.
The Alaska Botanical Garden is recognized as an Outstanding Supporter for its commitment to recycling by supporting ALPAR's Nursery Pot Recycling Event in August. The Alaska Botanical Garden helped ALPAR recycle almost 3 tons of plastic pots brought in from Anchorage residents last year and has sponsored the event for 6 years.
Fred Meyer Alaska is recognized as the Outstanding Contributor of the year for their support of ALPAR programs, service on the ALPAR board and sponsorship of Citywide Cleanup.
Bill Odom of Odom Corporation receives the ALPAR Board of Directors Award for Community Service for his unwavering support of ALPAR, serving on ALPAR Board for 22 years and bringing his company's resources to help make ALPAR programs possible.
Haines Friends of Recycling will receive the Outstanding Recycling Community award for their extraordinary commitment to environmental stewardship through operating the community recycling center and for their success in tapping into the enthusiasm and community mindedness of its citizens.
The Homer Mariner Football Team receives the award for Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol for operating an exemplary patrol that cleaned up Homer during Spirit Week. Begich Middle School receives top honors as the Outstanding Anchorage School Recycling Program for its Student Government Class efforts to manage the recycling for their school and raise awareness about the importance of recycling.
The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council will be recognized with the Leadership in Education Award for their exemplary backhaul program that assists and trains communities in the Yukon River region to move metals and electronics to recycling markets.
Andrew Morris (now a 6th grader at Bayshore Elementary) will be recognized for Outstanding Service for his leadership and volunteer efforts as the founder of the Chevak Waste Project. He did litter clean up and recycling while living in Chevak last year, inspired others to get involved and inspired many through his public speaking.
Local artist Rebecca Lyon created the award plaques using recycled materials and found objects.
ALPAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economically viable recycling and eliminating litter in Alaska. ALPAR with help from BP distributes free, bright yellow clean up bags to 220 Alaskan communities and organizations each summer and provides grant funds for Youth Litter Patrols statewide. Through the generous support from the shipping companies, Horizon Lines, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Lynden, the Alaska Railroad and Northland Services, ALPAR helps move recyclables from Railbelt communities to market. The support of our member companies and other dedicated businesses throughout Alaska make ALPAR programs and services possible.
2011 ALPAR Award Winners for Outstanding Contributions to Recycling and Litter Prevention
2011 Joe Gulley President's Award
For Outstanding Service
Anchorage School District
2011 Board of Directors' Award
For Outstanding Service
Bill Odom, Odom Corporation
2011 Contributor of the Year
Fred Meyer Alaska
2011 Outstanding Litter Program
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
2011 Outstanding Recycling Community
Haines Friends of Recycling
2011 Outstanding Supporter
Alaska Botanical Garden
2011 Outstanding Business Recycler
ConocoPhillips Kuparuk River & Alpine Fields
2011 Outstanding Youth Litter Patrol
Homer Mariner Football Team
2011 Leadership in Education
Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council
2011 Outstanding Anchorage School Recycling Program
Begich Middle School
2011 Outstanding Service