Turn your plastic waste into lumber
We know that recycling in Alaska is tough. Not only does our plastic recycling need to get shipped to the lower 48, sometimes it's not actually recycled.
Does this make you cringe a little? Us too.
That's why we are partnering with a local engineer who is collecting plastic all around Alaska to shred, melt and mold it into lumber.
What plastics do you collect?
We accept plastics #1, #2, #4 and #5 of any shape, any size and any color. The plastic has to be clean of food an other debris, but you can leave the lids and labels on!
Most plastic items have a label on the bottom that indicates what type of plastic they are made of. You'll find this number inside the arrow triangle symbol we often associate with recycling.
This photo to the left shows an example of a #1 plastic, with a "1" inside the arrow triangle. If your plastic has a "1", "2", "4" or "5", we accept it!
What happens to the plastic?
We're partnering with a local consulting firm who will turn the plastic into lumber. The firm, shreds, melts and molds the plastic that we collect. Soon, the lumber and items made from the lumber will be available for purchase (stay tuned - as of January 2023!).
Check out the Related Articles section below to read more!
Communities in Homer, Seward, Soldotna and more are also collecting plastics 1, 2, 4 and 5 for this project. This is one of the collection containers in Seward, AK.
When can I drop off my plastic?
You can drop off plastic every week during our shopping hours - Saturday + Sunday 10AM-4PM!
Please email us at email@example.com!
Alaska's News Source - Anchorage man demonstrates technology to recycle plastic ocean waste
Peninsula Clarion - Seward recycling program to turn plastic into lumber