Recycling Resources in the Copper River Watershed

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As part of our mission to ensure the continued health of our watershed communities, CRWP works to promote recycling throughout the Copper River area. We strive to maintain sustainable practices in our own operations, and want to encourage others to do so as well. Click on the links below for more info on how to do your part!

Recycle Cordova

Currently the following can be recycled in Cordova: 

  • Aluminum
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Car batteries
  • Other batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Fishing web (see below)

For more information, visit the City of Cordova’s Recycle Cordova! page, or call the City Baler at (907) 424-5600

Fishing Net/Web Recycling

Cordova Net Recycling

Drop-off sites are available year round behind the Harbormasters Office on Harbor Loop Road (South Fill).

How should I prepare my old net for recycling?

  1. Rinse with fresh water and strip of corklines, weedlines, leadlines, and hanging twine.
  2. Bundle in a piece of scrap web.
  3. Call (907) 424-3334 to arrange a time to drop off web. DO NOT drop web unattended.

Alaskans use about 800,000 to one million pounds of fishing web in their nets per year.  Most old web gets dumped in community landfills, shortening a landfill’s useful life and adding expense to municipal operations.  Salmon gillnets and seines are made from nylon, which can be re-processed to manufacture new products like telephones, computer parts, toothbrushes, carpeting and bicycle seats, among others.

The Copper River Watershed Project is overseeing a fishing web recycling effort that was started by the Cordova District Fishermen United, the Marine Advisory Program, Native Village of Eyak, and the PWS Science Center.  Funding for the recycling was initially provided by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but the program is currently intended to be self-sustaining, with funds obtained from web sales going back into the program.

CRWP would like to thank the Copper River/ Prince William Sound Marketing Associaiton for their support of the Fishing Web Recycling program in 2020.

Nets collected in Cordova are shipped to Bellingham, Washington where they are baled and loaded in 20-ton containers for shipment to China.  In China, the nets are chopped, formed into pellets and then used to manufacture plastic products and parts.

Contact CRWP at info@copperriver.org or call (907) 424-3334 to learn more about where to recycle or to volunteer.

RECYCLING OUR AREA RESOURCES (R.O.A.R.) IN THE COPPER BASIN

R.O.A.R. Logo R.O.A.R. is the go-to organization for your recycling needs in the Copper Basin. This registered nonprofit organization is sponsored by organizations in the area, including CRWP, and operated by volunteers. We generally sponsor R.O.A.R. in April, so if you want to volunteer during that time, give us a call at (907) 424-3334 or email info@copperriver.org.   Current recycling programs include:

  • Aluminum Drink Cans
  • Office Paper
  • Shredded Office Paper
  • Mixed Paper
  • Newspapers

For more information, visit the R.O.A.R. Facebook Page, or call (907) 822-6777