Expansion of Juneau recycling program to include composting

    "There are a variety of steps we're taking to increase recycling in town. We're doing things like trying to set up a composting program and keep supporting our household hazardous waste programs.", said Landscape Architect Michele Elfers.

    The City and Borough of Juneau has a new branding for the recycling program, according to Landscape Architect Michele Elfers, who is now managing and spearheading a new direction being taken by the CBJ Solid Waste Department.  She was a guest on Action Line Monday.

    "One of the first things we did was create an action plan for the program," Elfers explained. "There are a variety of steps we're taking to increase recycling in town. We're doing things like trying to set up a composting program and keep supporting our household hazardous waste programs. As part of that, we're looking at a rebranding. We're calling ourselves Recycle Works, working on a new logo, and rebuilding our website. The new website www.juneaurecycling.com should be ready to go live within the month." Find their current website here.

    She says the goals of expanding the program are to find ways on extending the life of the landfill, which boils down to beneficial reuse such as composting. "What we're trying to do is a feasibility study to see if we could work on a centralized composting location in Juneau where we could gather leftover food and organics from the community and produce high quality compost to distribute back to the community."

    Michelle says the composting program at Harborview Elementary is showing success and hopes to have it expanded to all grades next year.

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