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Story Last modified at 8:48 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

If you must use plastic, at least re-use it

I was glad to read your editorial encouraging Chugiak-Eagle River residents and businesses to reduce their plastic bag use ("We should follow Italy's lead and reduce the use of plastic," Jan. 6, 2011). I agree utilizing reusable bags is a very simple way we can reduce our environmental impact.

If residents must use plastic bags, I would like to remind them that plastic bags can be recycled at our Eagle River Wal-Mart, Carrs, or Fred Meyer.

Chugiak High School's Taking Environmental Action (TEA) Club has boxes in our cafeteria for students to recycle their plastic lunch bags; unfortunately, these boxes are often empty. Mustangs, I hope you're reusing your lunch bags...if you're tossing them in the trash, how about putting your empty bags in these boxes instead? This is a convenient way to do a good deed for your environment.

TEA Club is also recycling old cell phones during January. If you have old cell phones (with or without batteries, working or not), please give them to Chugiak students to recycle or drop them off in a collection box located in the Main, Attendance, or Activities Office. The money earned from recycling these phones will be donated to Operation Gratitude to support our overseas troops.

– Molissa Udevitz

TEA Club President

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.