Recovery effort turns plastic into lumber

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Entrepreneur Patrick Simpson, of Alaska Plastic Recovery, has worked for much of the year with local advocacy groups like Cook Inletkeeper, Regroup, and Sustainable Seward to collect plastic for transformation into lumber as part of a recycling program funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Last Thursday, Simpson put samples of the finished project — a thick green chunk of synthetic lumber — in the hands of borough residents at a Kenai Peninsula College Showcase.

Last week’s KPC Showcase, held in partnership with ReGroup and Cook Inletkeeper, was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Clean Water Act, headlined by a showing of

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