The Fairbanks North Star Borough Central Recycling Facility is closed
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On July 1, the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Central Recycling Facility (CRF) closed as the borough faced issues in replacing the operator after the contract ended.
Since then, efforts have been made to make some recycling services available despite the non-operational status of the central recycling facility.
“At the end of fiscal year 22, the last recycling contract ended. A new contractor had been selected but that contractor and the borough could not come to an agreement on the new contract,” said Matt Pearson, FNSB recycling manager.
Pearson explained the closure is only temporary and new contract proposals are due by Friday, August 12, 2022. “There is a new procurement process in place and that request for proposal ends at 2 p.m.”
After the request for proposal concludes, the borough will evaluate the presented proposals and eventually a new contract will be signed. Then the recycling facility will be able to return to normal operations.
“The target goal is to begin CRF operations at the beginning of October,” said Pearson.
Prior to the closure, the facility saw a daily average of approximately 120 customers and three commercial customers. This made a total of 649 tons of recycled material in the last fiscal year. The electronics portion of that total made up 123 tons or just under 20 percent.
Due to the high demand for electronic recycling, the borough has made a temporary partnership with Green Star of the Interior.
“While the CRF is not able to accept electronic waste here at the facility we modified the Green Star of Interior Alaska contract to allow them to accept electronics at their facility at 2134 Texaco Avenue,” said Pearson.
Green Star will be accepting some but not all types of electronics. Drop off availability is from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
There will be no facility for paper or plastic recycling for the time being, however some metals can be recycled. Pearson says, “Aluminum can be taken either to the solid waste facility or there is an aluminum recycling bin by the landfill scale house.”
CNR Pipe and Steel and KNK Recycling are also accepting aluminum.
For more information on recycling visit the Green Star Recycling Guide website for alternative recycling locations.
Copyright 2022 KTVF. All rights reserved.