Mission: Encourage and enable our community to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Results: Green Star offers the only electronics recycling program in the Interior. Fairbanks North Star Borough residents and organizations can drop off their unwanted or defective electronics at the Central Recycling Facility where they will be transferred to our warehouse free of charge. Since 2006, we’ve recycled a total of 881,572 pounds – equal to the weight of 15 fire trucks!
We pay for recycling through Total Reclaim, Inc., a Seattle-based, e-Stewards certified recycler. This is a truly rigorous, internationally compliant certification program that guarantees e-recycling best practices.
Green Star partners with a variety of community organizations to provide recycling bins at special events and coordinate volunteers who collect and sort recyclable materials. Golden Heart volunteers contributed 385 hours of community service in 2014 alone. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Independent Sector's value of volunteer time, the Special Event Recycling program facilitated approximately $10,202 of in-kind volunteer support to our community.
Target demographics: Whose lives are better for what we do? Volunteers who love working with us. Children who receive the gift of knowledge and who will follow our example. Future generations of Alaskans who depend on us to protect their environment.
Direct beneficiaries per year: kept 170 tons of electronic waste out of the Borough landfill. In 2014, we diverted 2,153 pounds of aluminum and plastic from the FNSB landfill at the Midnight Sun Festival, Tanana Valley State Fair, and Go Winter Expo. These collections would have been impossible without the efforts of 91 Recycling Crew volunteers. We also provide outreach at many local events to share information about how and where to recycle in our community.
Geographic areas served: the Interior of Alaska.
Programs: The Electronics Recycling Depot, Special Event Recycling, the Fairbanks Recycling Guide and Recycling Education.
I started out as Executive Director of this nonprofit and stepped down after having my first child. Green Star's unique programs fill multiple needs in our community - from recycling education to electronics recycling and waste reduction. Ninety percent volunteer-based, Green Star is a true testament to the incredibly generous, hardworking and passionate community we live in. I am proud to be a Green Star member.
Volunteering first brings satisfaction from doing something meaningful with an organization that clearly takes care to ensure my time is used effectively. That core value is multiplied by working with other volunteers coming from many different walks of life and ages - all who share the same recycling ethic and desire to be a part of it. Interacting with those who bring electronics for recycling is a happy bonus.