As of this
week, the United States Coast Guard base in Kodiak has a new contractor for its
recycling program. Nick's Auto and Salvage of Bell's Flats started serving the
base on Monday. Threshold Recycling had held the contract.
new contract, Nick's will collect, process and recycle scrap metal from the
base. The contract also includes used appliances and tires. An Integrated
Support Command announcement says the base generates about 100 tons per year of
and Salvage owner Nick Troxel declined to comment for this story.
Friday, the contract for base recycling did belong to Threshold Recycling, a
Kodiak non-profit organization.
Plant Manager Rick Pillans says the contract was given out without
consideration to Threshold's non-profit mission.
-- (Recycling 1 32 sec "We've
had a real ... provide that service for them.")
says the base accounted for about 25 percent of the volume Threshold handled
each year. He remains optimistic that Threshold can survive the loss of the
Coast Guard contract by concentrating on increased recycling in the rest of the
-- (Recycling 2 38 sec "The
loss of the contract ... at some other options.")
said the loss of the contract won't by itself endanger Threshold's program, but
there are many factors at work affecting the recycling world these days:
-- (Recycling 3 32 sec "You
know, we'll just ... bring you back a dollar.")
Guard contract awarded to Nick's Auto and Salvage is for one-year, with four
additional option years. The Coast Guard says it is worth 1-point-one-one-million