We used to have our own landfill but we filled it up. Now all of our trash gets hauled up to Soldotna. Tons of waste gets tossed out that could be recycled or composted, but there are not adequate infrastructure and facilities in place [yet] in Homer to redirect all these items out of the landfill. So we do what we can. There are Hazardous Waste Disposal Days, there are recycling bins around town, and plenty of backyard composting. We have local clean-ups in the spring (through the Chamber of Commerce) and in the fall (through the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies). We have an Electronics Recycling Day in April and several thrift stores around town to take used items. There are plenty of places to connect online to buy, sell and trade used items as well. So plug in and keep it out of the landfill. We take pride in resourcefulness around here.
If you would like to get more involved in recycling issues in Homer, Connect with KARe (Kachemak Advocates of Recycling) by contacting The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (235-6667) to find out when their next meeting will be.