Last month, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) recognized outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention for 2013. Lynden, Inc., Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Lynden Transport were recognized together as the Outstanding Contributor of the Year for support of ALPAR through the donation of shipping and transport services for the Railbelt's community recycling centers.
"Each year we recognize an outstanding business or organization that contributes significant resources to further ALPAR's mission," says Mary Fisher, ALPAR Executive Director. "Lynden and its companies, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Lynden Transport, have been important contributors to ALPAR for many years by helping distribute our litter bags to communities across Alaska. In 2004 Alaska Marine Lines and Alaska West Express made a commitment to move recyclables to outside markets and in 2009, Lynden Transport stepped up partnering with the Alaska Railroad to move recyclables collected by the Fairbanks Rescue Mission's Recycling Center to Anchorage and on to markets in Seattle."
Alaska West Express handles the containers from Anchorage to Whittier, Alaska Marine Lines transports them by barge to Seattle, and Lynden Transport handles them in Seattle as well as donating the shipment of some line haul vans from Fairbanks to Anchorage. "Lynden companies in Alaska have partnered with ALPAR for the last 10 years to donate the transportation of recyclables like aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper, from Central Alaska to Seattle for recycling. We are proud to participate in this partnership to make free and convenient recycling possible for Alaska residents along the Railbelt," says Anna Deal, Lynden's Green Initiative Coordinator.
"It takes many people in the Lynden Family of Companies to do this work and direct their resources to help us make recycling and litter prevention work in Alaska," Mary adds. "Thanks to them, ALPAR can provide services to our communities that help the environment and keep our communities litter-free without significant government support."
ALPAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economically viable recycling and eliminating litter in Alaska.