The village of Igiugig, Alaska, is known for its recycling efforts. The village currently recycles aluminum cans and plastic, crushes glass to be used in roads as a foundation and composts moist materials and food.
IGAP and Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling help fund the village’s recycling program and landfill. In addition, the Lake and Peninsula Borough provided the village $45,000 in matched funds to back haul 55,000 pounds of scrap metal last year, and this year, the village is applying for a hazardous waste grant that will allow the city to dispose of oil-based paints safely.
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Rural Alaskan villages are not typically known for their recycling prowess.
For communities off the road system, it can be a hassle not only to ship products in, but also to deal with junk when it has served its purpose.
However, recycling is a priority for the village of Igiugig.