ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SPECIAL SECTION
KEEPING ALASKA CLEAN
dustrial batteries, refrigeration products, and
Sneddon adds that Total Reclaim also
handles on and offsite refrigerant recovery;
logistical support for communities shipping
from rural parts of the state; backhaul consultation for rural communities to ensure
safe collection; staging, handling, and packaging practices for recyclable products; and
on-ground support for collection events and
various recycling field projects.
The company’s website is comprehensive
and offers online scheduling for pick-up of
recyclable items including computers and
electronics, tubes and light bulbs, large and
small batteries, HVAC and appliances, and
cylinders and refrigerants. The website also
has a weight counter that is constantly calculating the weight of Total Reclaim’s recycled
products; as of early August the weight was at
more than 535 million pounds.
; Thermal treatment of petroleum-impacted soils since 1988.
; Now accepting soils with chlorinated compounds.
The environmental protection facet to the
company is also manifested in its company
culture. “Our commitment to environmental
responsibility is at the core of everything Total Reclaim does—in our company mission,
every service we offer, how we train our employees, and in every facet of our operations.”
Step by Step
As Alaska’s recycling efforts blossom, and
more residents and businesses participate
in the growing number of opportunities to
recycle every day household items, there is
there demonstrable momentum in the recy-cle-Alaska movement.
Meets the Environment.
“A state like California or Minnesota may
have as high as 50 percent to 60 percent residential recycling to some degree or another
because they’ve been deploying the philosophy for decades, whereas we have about 25
percent using our recycle services in Anchorage in 2017,” says Gales with Alaska Waste.
“Yet ten years ago, we only had 10 percent to
15 percent of Alaskans recycling through our
programs. We’re much newer to recycling
technologies and programs here in Alaska,
and geography and costs play roles in determining viability, but it’s definitely growing in
a good way. It certainly matters to our company and employees.”
Gales believes that more Alaskans and
their businesses will pursue recycling when
offered opportunities and when they fully
recognize the benefits. He notes that Alaska
Waste’s growing clientele is indicative of a
recycling and ecosystem-friendly state-of-mind.
“Recycling may not generate a large profit
margin for us, but it’s the right thing to do for
our environment. Clean, green communities
are what make the state so vibrant. To that
end, Alaska Waste is proud to be a large part
of the effort to recycle, reuse, and limit the
footprint of waste in the state.” R
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Tom Anderson owns a public relations
firm and is a freelance writer in Alaska.