Scrap Metal Removal Almost Complete in Unalaska

Friday, January 03 2014

Ron Moore of R.L. Moore Metal Recycling loading junk at the landfill. /Courtesy: Shirley Marquardt

The last of nine million pounds of metal junk is being hauled away from Unalaska today.

R.L. Moore Metal Recycling company is finishing up loading the last of the junk at the landfill onto their barge.

It's the end of a nearly two-year project.

Public utilities director Dan Winters says the Virginia-based company has spent months in Unalaska since summer 2012. They’ve removed metal from Resolve Magone Marine Services’ scrapyard, plus the landfill and other areas in town.

Winters and Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt say this is the first time the city has had success with a contractor in removing scrap metal from the island.

The original contract with the Moore company was for $50,000. Winters says that was a good deal for the city, considering how much work has been done.

In particular, he says they used to pay around $500 apiece to have junk vehicles removed from the island. With the Moore company, they've paid about $100 each. He says the Moore company has removed at least 300 vehicles from the island since they started working.

Marquardt says she expects the work to be done by the end of the day.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

concientious objector on Saturday, January 04 2014:

I too am grateful to see the junk leave the island. I think that if the city codes were enforced more, they could have collected a lot more. I've seen a few choice piles in peoples yards that should have been hauled to the junk barge.

a grateful local on Friday, January 03 2014:

I am so glad to have that junk metal off of the island. I hope that the recycling company made enough money here to make it worth their while.

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