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Clean up Day 2022: it takes a community

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:28 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As tourism season approaches, the melting snow has uncovered a good bit of unsightly waste around town, and the 2022 Clean Up Day is set for this coming Saturday, May 14th.

The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce recognizes Clean Up Day as a plan to tackle this issue with the help of the community.

The Chamber will be providing yellow and green trash bags for helpers to pick up and use for clean up all over town. Some of the locations that will be assisting by handing out bags to community members will be: Cowles Heating, Green Star, the Central Recycling Facility, and the Boy Scouts of America headquarters.

Fairbanks’ Heavy Hauler volunteers will pick up filled trash bags at intersections and along main streets the afternoon of May 14th only.

Tasmine Stebbins, the district director at the Boy Scout office said, “Just make sure that you get your bags to the landfill - that’s where they’re weighing everything so that we can get the tonnage. Last year we wanted a bus load of trash; this year we are looking for a whale load of trash. We encourage everybody, even little kids can get out, clean up parks.. families, big groups, whatever you got, our community could use it.”

This year there is an option for those who would like to help with recycling items. You can use a green bag to strictly pick up jugs, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

If you’re willing to get down and dirty to benefit the community in an assigned area- you can register at https://www.midnightsunbsa.org/programs/council-programs/clean-up-day.html

Those who choose to help but do not want to register can simply pick up their own trash bag and collect trash without being at a designated place as long as the picked-up trash ends up at one of the pickup locations by the evening of May 14th.

Every little bit of effort from the community helps.

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