CRWP gets funding for recycling efforts

Copper River Watershed Project Operations Manager Shae Bowman loads plastic bottles into a baler. (Aug. 7, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Copper River Watershed Project Operations Manager Shae Bowman loads plastic bottles into a baler. (Aug. 7, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Copper River Watershed Project Operations Manager Shae Bowman loads plastic bottles into a baler at AC Value Center. (Aug. 7, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times Copper River Watershed Project has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to expand its recycling efforts in Cordova with the purchase of a baler and conveyor belt system.

The effort is expected to significantly reduce waste entering the landfill by expanding the amount of materials recycled and shipped out of Cordova.

The CRWP, the city of Cordova and Native Village of Eyak are working together on this community recycling program.

CRWP funds were among over $6 million in grants approved in November by the Rasmuson Foundation board for Alaska nonprofits, tribal organizations and local governments, plus $4.6 million to support investments in arts and other initiatives.

The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak received $375,000 for expansion of its primary tribal enterprise, to include cold storage building construction and the purchase/installation of an ice machine to service small boat fishermen delivering to the WildSource Seafood processing facility.

The Tanana Chiefs Conference was awarded $800,000 to help replace its aging Upper Tanana Health Center in Tok with a facility that will house exam rooms, screening rooms, dental stations, radiology, lab, pharmacy and more.

“These projects have real impact on individual lives and on communities,” said Diane Kaplan, president and chief executive officer of the Rasmuson Foundation.

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