Recycling in Haines

Dear Friends,
#GivingTuesday is December 3, 2019.  Haines Friends of Recycling has joined this global network that supports non-profits with matching funds (capped at a total of $7 million internationally).  Please consider a special donation for HFR’s 20th birthday in 2019.  We need your support to help us with public education activities to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, for clearer signage for recycling bins, and for some needed construction repairs. 
In addition to the Facebook match for all donations through Facebook, a very generous private donor is also matching ALL donations to HFR on that day only, up to $5000 total! Please remember to donate starting at 4am AST December 3rd. 
On Facebook only, HFR will receive the Facebook match AND the private match. Go to
and press the blue donate button at top right that offers payment choices for entering your desired amount. You can also make donations there on behalf of your friends who are not Facebook users!
HOW TO GET THE PRIVATE MATCH (for non-users of Facebook)
Anyone can donate through Paypal on the HFR website at and we will receive just the private match. 
Donations on Dec. 3 will also be matched from checks sent to PO Box 822 in Haines or cash placed in our bins at the Recycling Center.
To find out more about global Giving Tuesday, see their website at
or their Facebook page at at
Thank you for supporting HFR's volunteer-powered efforts to reduce waste and recycle in the Chilkat Valley!

Please join Haines Friends of Recycling in celebrating 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.

1. Thank you to everyone who attended our Earth Day events on the theme of “Plastic Pollution and Solutions”.  There are two outcomes from our activities.  One is a draft ordinance that will ban plastic single-use carry out bags.  The Assembly unanimously voted to move the ban to a first hearing on May 14.  For more information, contact Melissa at 766-2185 or  The second is local fish net recycling. Stay tuned for information about a net collection drive in the fall. Contact Molly Sturdevant for more information at 907-723-7182 or

2. Recycle Your Shoes and Boots!
Community groups in Haines have partnered with the non-profit organization Soles4Souls to help collect new and gently-worn shoes for the 767 million people living in extreme poverty around the world.  You can make a difference!  Bring your new or gently-worn shoes and boots to one of our collection sites:  School Lobby or Haines Presbyterian Church April 18 through May 24, 2019.

3. Hospice Sale May 4 and 5 with drop-off on Friday beginning at 8 AM at Harriett Hall.  More details on the Hospice Facebook page.

4. Plant Sale Saturday May 11 from 10 to noon at the ANB/ANS hall.  766-2185 for more information.  10% of the proceeds support HFR special events.  Watch for posters.

5. Community and marine debris cleanup May 18.  HFR partnered with State Parks, Haines Hiking Group, and CIA for marine debris beach cleanups at Twin Coves on Friday May 17 and at Battery Point area May 18 after the TWC-Coastal Code community cleanup and snacks. Details to follow, contact Molly Sturdevant at 907-723-7182 or or Marie Boisvert at

6. Electronic Recycling June 7 and 8 from 10-2 both days at the Recycling Center.  Watch for more information about what we can and can’t accept.  40 cents a pound.  Volunteers needed!

7. Haines Friends of Recycling has opened a “Scrap Box” at the Recycling Center. ScrapBox open hours are Th/F 9-noon and Saturday 10 to 2.  We have a variety of reusable items and items brought into the Center that can be re-purposed such as wine corks, TP rolls for planters, 1 gallon cream containers, and cotton t-shirts for shopping bags.
Ideas are appreciated!  Volunteers needed to help open and watch the store. Contact Frank Holmes for more information: 766-3721 or

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


* 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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