There has been some confusion regarding today’s news coverage about Alaska Waste announcing their start of a very limited curbside recycling program.
I want to reassure you that Mayor Begich is committed to bringing a comprehensive recycling program to the Assembly by the end of this month. Our proposal will not be just a test, but a solid plan to increase recycling in all parts of the city.
For over a year, we have conducted a detailed public process involving all sectors of our community. Over 4,000 Anchorage residents responded to our web survey and hundreds turned out for our public meetings. We are absolutely determined to move forward on recycling issues.
No city has ever created a successful curbside program without giving customers who produce less garbage reduced trash rates. Our city plan will include these economic incentives for recyclers. Additionally, it is our intent to involve the private sector to provide many of these services – and to ensure strong competition among the private haulers.
Stay tuned: we will be proposing a series of initiatives designed to bring curbside to most of our community, reliable composting, comprehensive school recycling, as well as added drop-off recycling bins.
Of the top hundred cities in the United States, Anchorage is the only one without curbside recycling. We intend to make Anchorage a leader on recycling issues.