“The borough is so please to have businesses and agency partners working toward waste stream reductions and diversion. As the operators of the local landfill, we see the positive impacts of these efforts – namely, extending the lifespan of our facility. Which means a lot for both the land and the people here.”
The Denali Borough operates solid waste disposal for its communities, through the Denali Borough Landfill and transfer stations in Cantwell & Healy. The Denali Borough sees contributions to the Zero-Landfill Initiative as beneficial to both residents and the environment, and is a proven partner in the efforts to recycle, reduce impact and educate the public on programs and services.
Beginning in ___ recycling was accepted only at the Cantwell Transfer Station, in partnership with Native Village of Cantwell. They were able to accept mixed paper, household batteries, limited plastics, aluminum, cardboard and plastic shopping bags. Over time, additional options were provided and now there are 9 separate categories of recycling available in Cantwell.
The Healy Transfer Station opened in ___, and initially provided recycled for items such as electronics, mattresses, bulbs and batteries. One year later in partnership with Carlile Transportation and Denali Zero Landfill Initiative, expanded recycling services became available, on a seasonal basis. Clean, broken down corrugated cardboard, #1 plastic bottles without lids, and aluminum cans are now being accepted May – September. The Denali Borough recycling guide can be found here, and includes complete information for each transfer site as well as the landfill.
The Borough also offers a unique program for scrap metal recycling. Old vehicles, appliances, pipes, radiator and cables are just some of the items that the Denali Borough collects without a charge (for residents only) to recycle, through a partnership with Alaska Metal Corporation. This program saves an enormous amount of metal from unnecessary disposal, with the additional benefit of metal often being large items that take up a lot of underground space. The total metal recycled to date (through 2021) is _____ tons.