Borough Mayor gives "thumbs up" to recycling center funding for UAF.

In an interview with News Center 11 last week, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins expressed his approval towards new funding that aims to keep

recycling services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks up and running.

The $125,000 in funding, approved last week by the Borough Assembly, will allow the borough to support recycling bins at the Taku parking lot recycling site on Farmers Loop Road.

Early last week, UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers had announced their intent to shut down the site because of rising costs.

"I'm glad we were able to get that funding in there," Hopkins said Friday during the Interior Democrats Luncheon held at Stone Soup Cafe.

"The Assembly saw there was a viable need, and in my opinion, did the right thing."

Use of the site has been increasing steadily, with about 1.5 million pounds of paper, glass, plastic and other items deposited there in just the last year alone.

Borough officials also say the site is used, almost primarily, by borough residents as well.

As a long term solution, Hopkins says he has also proposed having the containers moved across the street to the transfer station.