Recycling Newspaper

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Recycling Newspaper Benefits the Alaska Economy

Today, almost everything is technically recoverable. But we remain a throwaway society because of taxpayer’s subsidies that make it cheaper to extract virgin materials than recover discarded ones. We fail to include the costs of pollution and environmental destruction in prices of products.

As an example it takes trees, water and electricity to make newsprint. Just to give you a visual – about 65,000 trees are used to print the Sunday edition of the New York Times. And sad to say, about 10 million tons of newsprint are thrown away in the USA each year. 10 million tons, that’s hard to visualize.

Recycling newspaper can save 34-60% of the total energy needed for virgin newsprint. Recycling just 1 ton (what can fit in a 1 ton truck) of newsprint, saves 600 kwh of energy, 71 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water and 15 trees.

We can recycle newspaper in Alaska

The Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) accepts newspapers and newsprint paper for recycling during their regular drop off hours. Outside of drop off hours, newspapers and newsprint paper can be put into the 24/7 drop off bin located at the entrance gate to our property near the MSB Central Landfill just past the MSB Animal Control Shelter.

We use newsprint paper in Alaska

Thermo-Kool of Alaska, Inc.  is a Mat-Su Valley business that uses recovered newsprint in several products. The re-manufactured newsprint is used to make cellulose insulation, hydroseeding mulch, lawn Re-New, animal bedding, liquid absorbent and stone mastic asphalt additive.

Recycling newspaper is just one way to practice the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ theory. Purchase wisely, use products made from recycled materials, find other uses for materials after their initial use, and recycle the item when you are finished with it. Be an active participant for wise use of natural materials; volunteer with a recycling group or donate money, lobby politicians to use recycled products in public projects, form partnerships to help achieve bigger goals, and research other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Jan
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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,
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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
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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
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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