The Seward Prevention Coalition received a $1,000 mini-grant in support of Sustainable Seward’s electronics recycling event. Sustainable Seward, a grassroots organization, was established after the second annual Seward Strong Planning Day.
One of the selected initiatives from the planning day was to create stronger waste reduction and recycling programs here in Seward. A goal of Sustainable Seward is to hold electronic recycling events locally. Currently, residents and businesses have to haul their electronics up to Anchorage for recycling as Seward lacks the ability to offer year round electronics recycling. The distance, cost, and limited hours for drop-off in Anchorage are a real hindrance to proper disposal of electronics.
Sustainable Seward in partnership with Cook Inlet Keepers, SBS, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Weaver Brothers, and the Harbor 360 Hotel hosted Seward’s first ever electronics recycling event on May 12, 2018! Items such as printers, ink/toner, televisions, radios, small kitchen appliances, computers, monitors, household batteries, VCRs, and DVD players are a sampling of the items that were recycled that day.
Fifty-one recyclers, including 10 businesses, brought over 4,000 pounds of material for recycling. A great group of smiling volunteers endured the wind and rain in support of this event. To learn more about Sustainable Seward check out their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sustainable Seward meets monthly. The next meeting is November 7 at 6pm at the Seward Community Library.
Funding for this grant came from the Seward Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund.