With federal grants in hand, the borough plans to collect and eventually ship decades worth of scrap out of the region.
As most know, that which comes in by barge to rural Alaska usually stays in rural Alaska ... for good. Old cars, snowmachines, boats, batteries, and tons of scrap pile up in village landfills. Some of the material can be hazardous to the environment, and landfills can fall out of compliance.
The Lake and Peninsula Borough will soon undertake a backhaul project designed to rid 16 villages of as much old scrap as they can, using $130,000 in US Fish and Wildlife grants to do so.
KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:
A Scrap Collection and Backhaul Workshop is planned for Apr. 23-24 in King Salmon. Contact the borough planner at 907.246.3421, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.