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Fairbanks Clean Up Day registration opens

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 4:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Clean Up Day has opened registration for community members to sign up to help make the City of Fairbanks sparkling for the summer season.

According to Katie Yarrow, Membership Development Coordinator for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the event is a long-standing tradition in Fairbanks. Yarrow explained, “Clean Up Day is a community-wide initiative where we clean up all the trash that ‘magically’ appears after our long winter snow melts along the side of the roads. It’s been going on for decades and it’s our community-wide gathering to clean up our streets and get our Golden Heart City shining in time for tourist season.”

This year however will be a bit different due to a shortage of yellow bags which are provided by Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling or ALPAR.

Yarrow explained, “This year, our iconic yellow bags that we usually get from ALPAR... they had a shortage this year. They were only able to produce so many, and they serve over 400 communities in the state of Alaska and organizations who do cleanup around the state. So we were only able to get a small portion of what we usually do. So this year we are pushing that every bag is a good bag. You can still pick up yellow bags as well as black bags that have been donated to the community from Costco, Rotary groups, and UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks). Those can be picked up at either the Midnight Sun Council Boy Scout office at 1400 Gillam Way, Cowles Heating at 1675 Richardson Highway, Central Recycling Facility at 1855 Marika Road, or Green Star of Alaska at 1101 Well Street.”

For those participating, there are resources available for handling potentially dangerous materials.

“You are welcome to provide your own [protection]. No other items are provided this year but we encourage people to wear vests if you have them, wear gloves if you have them, and if you have any questions about syringes or other do’s and don’ts for Clean Up Day, if you go to the Clean Up Day website there are PDF files that tell you what to do with those items,” said Yarrow.

Registration for Clean Up Day is done via the Clean Up Day website.

Any registered clean up will have their collected garbage picked up by official vehicles; but for those who clean up before or after the scheduled pick up, it is recommended to bring that collected garbage to the Fairbanks Landfill. Any garbage deposited for Clean Up Day will be collected free of charge.

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