Fairbanks Clean-Up Day collects ‘busload’ of winter trash from roads

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 4:14 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks residents collected a literal busload of trash along the borough roads during the annual Clean-Up Day.

According to Katie Yarrow, Membership Development Coordinator for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the amount collected could be even more than that. “This year, Clean Up Day was amazingly successful! We’re very happy to report our goal was 17 tons of trash, which is about the size of a school bus. So far we have collected 22.2 tons of trash at the borough landfill, and it’s still coming in. That’s just as of today.”

The clean-up efforts were a large success despite initial concerns over the shortage of borough-provided garbage bags.

Yarrow explained, “What we thought was going to be a huge hindrance turned out to not be a problem at all. As always our community stepped up, our businesses supported this effort. We had many organizations - Costco, UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks), North Pole Rotary - who donated bags to the cause, and a lot of groups and organizations who were cleaning up provided their own bags. So we actually ended up not having this huge shortage problem that we thought we would have. Those communications got out, and as usual our community came together and stepped up.”

Yarrow went on to say the success of the event is due to the remarkable efforts by community members to help make the Golden Heart City sparkle and shine. “We would just, on behalf of the clean up day committee... we would like to give a huge ‘thank you’ to all of those businesses that donated bags, a huge ‘thank you’ to our heavy haulers which are the organizations that donate their trucks and time to pick up those roadside bags for the people who can’t take them to the landfill themselves, and then also of course the biggest ‘thank you’ to our community volunteers. We had over 200 groups register this year which encompassed 2,228 community volunteers who gave their time to clean up our city and really prove that we are the golden heart of the state.”

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