Valley Community for Recycling Solutions is a community and volunteer based organization serving the residents and businesses of the Mat-Su Borough and the communities connected along the road system. VCRS works with our Borough to reduce the negative impacts of landfilling by recovering resources from the waste stream, with a commitment to make those resources available for local economic development. VCRS provides the opportunity to recycle and educates all ages on the benefits of recycling.
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Donations from Pick Click Give will be used to maintain and grow our programs while sharing what we have learned with other Alaskan communities.
VCRS operates an extensive recycling program. Currently VCRS accepts: mixed paper; office paper; newspaper; corrugated cardboard; steel cans; aluminum cans; kitchen aluminum i.e. pie pans and foil; plastic PET #1 bottles, HDPE # 2 jugs, stretchy plastic, and PP #5 containers. VCRS also accepts for reuse: egg cartons; eye glasses; and Styrofoam peanuts.
VCRS works with local entrepreneurs to use the resources recovered through our program to make products here in Alaska. All of our recycled newspaper is purchased by a local business where it is manufactured into products including cellulous insulation. The also buy our cardboard during construction season.
Egg cartons are sold through our reuse store to local poultry farmers. We also have available in our reuse store boxes for moving and storage, bundles of newspaper for mulch or packing, packing peanuts, and more.
VCRS works hard to have a sustainable program. We are known in the recycling industry as having the best product, making it easy for us to move our material as well as receive top dollar for our bales. Having a high quality product also means that if a local manufacturer wants to start a business making products from recycled resources, our material is ready to use. Working with the waste transfer sites in our outlying communities, recycling is now available in Talkeetna, Willow, Big Lake, and Sutton.
Our recycling center building is an organic representation of what we do in our facility. It was designed constructed and certified to perform to the U.S. Green Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Level. A classroom with windows overlooks the processing floor and bale storage area so visitors of all ages can safely observe recycling in action. Students come for fieldtrips to our center throughout the year. Our recycling center is located by the MSB Central Landfill, so we are able to easily show the importance of reducing what is thrown away, since there is no away. VCRS is developing an outdoor component of our education program. A tree identified as a birch modified in the historical tradition of the Athabascan culture is the starting point of sharing the beauty of our local environment and the impacts of landfilling on our environment. This tree can be seen from a window in our classroom.