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Conservation and community benefitEquipment for community recycling and waste-streaming

Date Approved: 07.2001

Angoon, accessible solely by ferry and float plane, is the only permanent settlement in the Admiralty Island National Monument in southeast Alaska. This community of 700 people is a stronghold of Tlingit culture. People there still rely on subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering for their nutritional needs.

Consumer goods arrive on Admiralty island by barge. Because of the island’s isolation, the packaging waste seldom leaves and is threatening this vital environment. In 1998, village students and teachers formed a conservation group, ABARG! With a Seacology grant, ABARG! will buy equipment, such as balers and collection bins, to help the community’s recycling, responsible waste-streaming, and beautification efforts.

Project Updates

July 2004

The town is continuing to use the recycling facilities. Students are providing most of the labor, with guidance from the school’s science teacher. Proceeds from the recycled materials continue to pay the facility’s electric bills. Recycled aluminum is now being sent along with the other recyclable materials. ABARG! plans to incorporate the recyclery’s efforts into the local school’s curriculum this year.

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