FAIRBANKS — Green Star of Interior Alaska has leased a warehouse across from the power plant on First Avenue and will offer electronics recycling depots there this summer, the agency announced Friday.
The next recycling event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21-22. The address of the new collection site is 1205 First Ave.
Green Star was faced with scaling back its services this summer — namely the monthly electronics recycling depots — after a recycling contract with the Fairbanks North Star Borough expired on June 30 along with Green Star’s lease for warehouse space in the Aurora Subdivision.
Things changed after the head of Green Star received a call from the borough’s recycling manager asking what it would take for the agency to continue the recycling depots.
Green Star Interim Executive Director David Weissman said July and August are some of the busiest months for electronics recycling.
Green Star shipped out three trucks’ worth of electronics recycling in June.
“We have built up a trust with the borough citizens,” Weissman said. “We don’t want to break our promise of having a collection point every month.”
The borough agreed to provide $3,000 to help cover the cost of operating two recycling depots this summer, Weissman said.
The warehouse space is courtesy of the Golden Valley Electric Association.
“They are giving it to us at a greatly-reduced price,” Weissman said. “They believe in our cause and they are helping us out temporarily.”
Green Star will collect and store the e-waste until the borough opens its pending community recycling center, which has a target opening date of late summer.
The unwanted electronics collected by Green Star over the next few months will be processed and shipped to market by the borough once its operation begins, Weissman said.
All electronics waste collected from outside of the borough will be handled separately by Green Star under the agreement with the borough, he said.
Next month’s recycling depot will take place at the new location on Aug. 18-19.
“We accept pretty much anything that plugs in or takes batteries, and we accept batteries,” Green Star said in an email blast. “We will take all electronics and cords, as well as ink and toner cartridges.”
Green Star is additionally prepared to hold an electronics recycling depot in September if the borough center is still pending, according to Weissman.
The agency is in talks with the borough about a long-term plan for taking over the electronics recycling in the municipality.
Weissman said that the borough has been supporting Green Star’s efforts since 2006.
Green Star will continue to hold special recycling events this summer, according to the agency’s email.
Green Star collected 104 pounds of cans, bottles and cardboard at the Midnight Sun Festival, setting a new record for recyclables collected at the event, according to the email.
Green Star will be recycling at the Golden Days Street Fair, Golden Wheel Summer Spectacular and the Tanana Valley State Fair later this summer, the email said.
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