On Tuesday, the Talkeetna Recycling Committee held its first meeting. About twenty-five area residents attended the meeting to discuss the possibility of a recycling program for Talkeetna. A handful of local business were represented at the meeting as well.
The committee was formed by the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors after hearing from Macey “Butch” Shapiro, Solid Waste Manager for the Mat-Su Borough. Shapiro says he is interested in community-driven recycling programs, because they would result in fewer new landfill cells being built. Each cell costs the borough more than $4 million to open. The plan would involve a refurbished container being placed at the Talkeetna transfer site. The container will be divided into three sections, allowing for three different types of recyclables. The borough would manage the hauling of the container to the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions facility, which is located near the borough’s central landfill. (more…)