Fish Net Recycling in Haines

Stay tuned for info on our June-Sept 1st-Saturday-of-the-month net collections. Please remember to fully strip your nets brought in for recycling: no lead, cork or weed lines, & no hangings!

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Do you need someone to pick up your recyclables?

Do you have a special event coming up and need recycling collection and pickup?

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Haines Friends of Recycling has two scholarships available, both for up to $500. The Frank and Ramona Holmes Scholarship is for students with a declared interest in environmental science, recycling, and/or related fields of study. The Bill Aronson Memorial Scholarship is open to high school graduates or other members of the community who are interested in careers in renewable energy or energy efficient building and high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in recycling For more information…

Low-grade paper:  Low-grade (mixed, shiny) paper IS CURRENTLY NO LONGER RECYCLABLE.  If we ship it out for recycling, it is just land-filled and we are charged for it.  This has been the case for about a year and we have been watching the market and nothing in the foreseeable future indicates this will change.  We are able to cover our costs on white paper, newsprint, cardboard, and shredded white paper.  Carefully sorting your white paper for recycling will help us. 

How can you reduce how much low-grade paper you receive? 

  1. Call catalogue companies and ask to be taken off their mailing list and the mailing list of “sister” publications; perhaps ask them to put you on an email list. 
  2. Encourage organizations to print their materials on recyclable white paper or newsprint.  
  3. For magazines, consider getting an on-line version or reading the library subscription. 

Earth Day:  April 22, 2020 was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Our local planning group meets and begins planning early in the year for our events and celebration of Earth Day. If you would like to be involved in the planning, please contact me at


Part-time position: As the busy summer approaches, we are looking to hire a second employee for the Recycling Center.  Here is the position description:  “Haines Friends of Recycling is seeking a part-time Recycling Field Assistant.  Must be reliable, able to lift 40 pounds, have a valid AK driver’s license, operate power equipment and forklift, work outside year-round, and work independently under board direction.  10-15 hours per week. $12/hour.  Send letter of interest to POB 822, Haines or call 766-2185 for more information.

Please join Haines Friends of Recycling in celebrating over twenty years of providing recycling, recycling education, and waste reduction to the Chilkat Valley!  We began in 1999.  Thanks to support from our members like you, we continue to be successful.


* Holiday lights strings can be recycled when we do our electronic recycling in the summer.  Please remove the light bulbs first.

* Too many tote bags in your closet?  The “bag ladies” at the library and the grocery stores need bags to share.  By giving your excess bags to the “bag ladies”, we can cut down on single use bags.  You can also take your extra paper bags to Howser’s for others to use.

* Shopping locally supports our local artists and businesses and reduces the carbon footprint of shipping.

* If you are shopping through Fred Meyers or Amazon, you can make donations to Haines Friends of Recycling.  When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice; just shop at and designate “Haines Friends of Recycling”.  With Fred Meyers Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Haines Friends of Recycling at

* You can make gift donations to Haines Friends of Recycling (separate from memberships) on our face-book page (

* Trying to think of a nice gift that doesn’t add to the waste stream?  Make a donation to a favorite non-profit in the person’s honor.  You can send such donations to HFR, PO Box 822, Haines AK 99827.  Just add a note designating that your donation is in honor of (person’s name) and include their email or postal address so we can notify them.

* Offer to pick up recycling from friends and neighbors and especially people who don’t have transportation.  Offer to help them set up a self-sorting system at home.

* Want to have a Zero Waste event?  Compostable service ware is available for sale at cost through HFR (email Melissa at  Thirty washable place settings are available through Joy Graves at the Library.  Genny Rietze also has washable silverware available to borrow.

HFR recycles about 250,000 lbs a year, over 600 lbs a day, with support from: community memberships and donations, free back haul from AML for 6 vans, grants from the Haines Borough and Chilkat Valley Community Foundation (CVCF), and consistent volunteer efforts. HFR helps with special event recycling, loans out recycling containers, and sells compostable service ware for large events.

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The Recycling Center at Mile 2.5 on Small Tracts Road is open 24/7 for SELF-SORTED recycle drop off. You need to know: What Recyclables does HFR Accept? PLEASE SELF-SORT CAREFULLY: we don’t have the staff or volunteer time to sort for you.

Find us in Haines to recycle HERE

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SELF-SORTED Recyclable Drop-off  at Mile 2.5 on Small Tracts Road​ is available 24/7 with staffing hours for assistance Th/F 9-12 and Sat 10-2.

You need to know: What Recyclables does HFR Accept?

2020 Schedule

Monthly HFR Center Clean-up: 10am-noon, 1st Saturday of the month, May-October. Come lend a hand!

Fish net recycling:  10am-noon, 1st Saturday of the month, May-October @ Recycle Center 2.5 Mile Small Tracts Rd

Electronics Recycling:   June 5 & 6 @ Recycle Center 2.5 Mile Small Tracts Rd.

Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay & Fisherman's BBQ:  CANCELLED FOR 2020

Southeast Alaska State Fair:    July 25-28. Recycle collection @ SouthEast State Fair Grounds

Scrap Metal Recycling: No scrap metal event in 2020 due to low prices in the global marketplace

Haines Friends of Recycling Annual Meeting: October 26, 5:30-6:30 via Zoom

All this info and more available on our HFR Membership form and flyer!