Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do items for recycling have to be pre-sorted before drop-off?
A. Easier to identify items that don’t recycle, helps drop off time under the tent run smoothly and reduces the time others have to wait if you have come unsorted.

More Info. The market at this time for the majority of the material we collect is out of state, we need to maximize our shipping and receive the most money we can for the material to offset the cost of shipping. By having a high quality product (a clean well sorted bale) we are able to sell our material for the highest going price.

 

Q. Why doesn’t VCRS accept every recyclable that has a symbol on it?
A. Finding a market for some recyclable materials often is an issue.

More Info. Some items have symbols for recycling on them but the type of symbol represents a unit of recyclables not as readily used by the public, or by the industry. We have to be able to collect, bale, and store enough of that type of recyclable to fill a 40 – 53 foot trailer van to be shipped to market.

Q. Why don’t you accept lids from #1PETE and #2HDPE plastic bottles?
A. Plastic bottle lids are made from a completely different plastic; their resins are not compatible with #1PETE or #2HDPE.

 

For more interesting information on what VCRS recycles, and how to identify and sort yours – check out our What We Recycle page!

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Upcoming Events

Jan
6
Fri
6:30 pm Winter Film Night – Minimalism @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – Minimalism @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Jan 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Winter Film Night - Minimalism @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists,
Feb
3
Fri
6:00 pm Winter Film Night – COOL IT @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – COOL IT @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - COOL IT @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“Climate catastrophe? The end of civilization as we know it? Are the current staggeringly expensive actions now being considered really helping to save the world – or are we just burning money? In this “eye-opening” (Los Angeles Times) documentary, author
Mar
3
Fri
6:30 pm Winter Film Night – March of the... @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – March of the... @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - March of the Penguins @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“This breathtakingly beautiful documentary chronicles the heroic and harrowing journey that emperor penguins make amid subfreezing temperatures and violent snowstorms at the South Pole in order to mate. It’s a scientific enigma that these flightless aquatic birds leave, at summer’s
Apr
7
Fri
6:30 pm Winter Film Night – Food, Inc. @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – Food, Inc. @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - Food, Inc. @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety