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By CVN Staff 

Recycle events include open house, annual meeting


November 11, 2010

Haines Friends of Recycling will host an open house and annual meeting to mark America Recycles Day.

The open house will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the HFR center, 2.5 Mile Small Tracts Road.

"It’s a chance to come up and check out the facility, learn how to sort plastics and see what’s new (and) happening up at the recycling center," said Melissa Aronson, HFR chair. "We’ve recently added 24/7 collection of flattened cardboard - small quantities only, please - and number one and number two plastics. We’ve also done a major cleanup, so we’re ready to show the place off."

America Recycles Day is Monday, Nov. 15, and HFR members will gather that night for a 7 p.m. annual meeting at the Haines Borough Public Library. The informational meeting and dessert will follow a 6 p.m. HFR board meeting.

Aronson said HFR has grown to nearly 200 members.

"It’s a terrifically exciting thing about this community, that there is such great support," she said. "I think part of it is we have a very solid, longtime, well functioning nonprofit. We’ve had good, consistent organization to do this, but then we have a lot of support, broad-based, throughout the community, and we’re very thankful for that."

Aronson noted HFR has shipped out more than 70,000 pounds of scrap metal this year, and "we collect and send out for recycling close to 1,000 pounds a day, which is pretty amazing for this town."

"At this point, we do not recycle number five plastic," she said. "To tell what the number is, they need to look at the bottom of the container, and there’s a little triangle with sort of chasing arrows, and in that triangle will be a number, and we recycle everything that has a one or a two, but not the other numbers."

At the Nov. 13 open house, HFR will be collecting compact fluorescent light bulbs, household batteries that are not rechargeable, and tennis shoes. Hot dogs will be served to guests.

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"It really helps us if people are careful with sorting their recycling, because we are paid for pure product, and if they don’t sort it, then we have to," Aronson said.

Ramona Holmes, HFR treasurer, said "prices fluctuate a lot" for recyclables.

"Metals will be up one day, and paper can be almost to the point where it costs us to send it out, but we manage to stay within our budget," Holmes said.

HFR is supported by proceeds from memberships, which are $25 for individuals and $40 for a household. Aronson noted HFR also benefits from free hauling to Seattle through Alaska Marine Lines.