A new e-waste program is recycling tons of batteries from rural Alaska

September 6, 2023

The organizers of a new initiative that retrieves e-waste from across rural Alaska report they collected and recycled over 145,000 pounds of lead-acid batteries from 45 communities last year.

Backhaul Alaska is an idea from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and now receives federal grant money from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to address the challenge of getting hazardous waste out of remote Alaska communities.

Reilly Kosinski works for Zender Environmental, a nonprofit that manages the Backhaul program. He said waste management is uniquely challenging in much of the state.

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