On April 28, I was honored to attend the ALPAR Awards Banquet for our Environmental Department. Since it takes the full participation of the whole community, and the passion of our Directors, I wanted to share the script they presented for our award:
"Our next award recognizes exemplary efforts to further recycling in a community in Alaska. This year, ALPAR is honored to present the Outstanding Recycling Community award to one of the smallest communities in rural Alaska that has embraced environmental stewardship in a big way. This community has had a consistently successful recycling program operating the Flying Cans program with ALPAR since it inception in the 80’s, and helping us start the ALPAR Flying bottles program for recycling plastic bottles in 2010. Our award winner is the Village of Igiugig. Situated in Southwest Alaska at end of Lake Iliamna, Igiugig is a prime site for subsistence fishing and hunting, sport fishing, tourism, and travel.