for Threshold Recycling Services to expand into a larger facility have been
pushed back a few months. Ken Reinke is the executive director for Threshold
and said engineering problems have kept recycling operations out of its new building.
we had some problems with engineering it into the ground. We got an engineered
building delivered but the engineering for putting in into the ground turned
out to be way over our budget so we're working on that so that we can do the
right kind of foundation for it."
the expansion will definitely still happen, but anticipates another month or so
to get the building in place. The new building will be located on the property
behind the current facility.
delay, Threshold is still busy doing what it does best: taking care of Kodiak's
recyclables. The service recently acquired a new contract with the Kodiak Island
Borough, and Reinke said it's a much better deal for the community.
-- (Threshold Contract 2 : 27 "The
Borough before always had to pay if there was any increases in recycling and so
there was no relief for that. As much as came in, they would have to pay for
that. And we have designed a better contract for everyone where once we pass
the same amount that always gets recycled every year pretty much, 650 tons, the
rest is free.")
this should be a huge incentive for people to keep recycling, because in
essence every bit that is recycled drops the price for the Borough. Threshold
is a unique recycling service in that it works both toward environmental
stewardship and helping individuals with disabilities. Majority of Threshold's
workforce is comprised of these individuals and Reinke said continued recycling
will help keep them employed.
-- (Threshold Contract 3 : 18 "In
2011 we had 7,000 hours of helping people with disabilities and we want to keep
those kind of numbers. And as long as we're recycling for the community, and
the community is bringing their stuff, we can produce that kind of production
for our disabilities programs.")
As for the
new contract, Reinke said drop-off recycling service will continue as normal.
He said there was murmur of a curbside service at one point, but that was
-- (Threshold Contract 4 : 27 "We
gave out survey cards to a big portion of the community and a lot of people
responded. And in order for curbside recycling to happen people would have to
pay some amount, it wouldn't be much, but people would have to pay some amount.
Like $15 a month is what they pay in Anchorage
for this service, curbside recycling service. And people overwhelmingly did not
want to pay that.")
their proximity to Safeway makes drop offs convenient. He said recycling has
increased slightly in recent years, but there is always room for more