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Recycling, Nome’s way

Matt and Anna Rose at e-Waste Event
Matthew and Anna Rose chat before KNOM's live broadcast at Nome's annual e-waste event, May 30, 2014.

It can often seem as though all the necessities of daily life are more difficult in the Alaskan Bush: from transportation to healthcare to grocery shopping.

On most days of the year, recycling also falls into this category, but thanks to the efforts of a local organization, even specialized recycling is possible in Nome.

Spearheaded by tribal organization Kawerak (kuh-WEAR-ick) and point person Anahma Shannon, Nome’s annual e-waste event took place in late May, offering residents of our region a chance to responsibly dispose of all sorts of electronic equipment — from old computers and printers to spent batteries — that can’t simply be thrown in the trash.

As we’ve done every year since its inception, KNOM aired announcements leading up to the e-waste drive and broadcast during the event, with a live report from volunteer newsie Anna Rose MacArthur (pictured chatting with news director Matthew Smith and then interviewing Anahma on the air).

Thanks to you, we were able to spread the word about this important community service — and help keep unsafe chemicals out of Nome’s landfill!


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