Golden Heart Clean-Up Day is this Saturday

Volunteers around the community participating in Clean-Up Day
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 10:35 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Clean-Up Day is an annual community-wide event to clean up the streets and roadways from all the trash that is uncovered from the melting snow of the long winter season. Volunteers come from everywhere to clean up the area and get ready for the summer season.

The designated Clean-Up Day for 2023 is Saturday, May 20.

Individuals and groups of people are invited to sign up for an area or street to clean up and collect trash. You can sign up for a spot at The Boy Scouts at 1400 Gillam Way.

However, sign ups are not required for participation. It is recommended that you still pick up bags from the locations listed below.

Yellow and green bags are available at most fire stations and also at the following locations:

  • Green Star at 2134 Texaco Avenue
  • Cowles Heating at 1675 Richardson Highway
  • The Boy Scouts at 1400 Gillam Way
  • Central Recycling Facility at 1855 Marika Road

After filling your bags please make sure to close them securely and leave them at an intersection or along main streets or roadways to be collected by a group of dedicated volunteers known as the “Fairbanks Heavy Haulers.” If bags are left on the roadways after Saturday they will not be picked up.

Executive Director of United Way of the Tanana Valley, Amanda Hanson, extends her gratitude to those who are planning on participating and also weighed in on the importance of our annual Clean-up Day, “Snow’s melted, it’s warm, look at this trash that you don’t even realize accumulates all throughout winter. So it’s a very visual reminder of maintaining our community.”

The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) has waived tipping fees for all Clean Up Day trash collected in yellow bags between April 1 and June 20.

The FNSB landfill located at 455 Sanduri St. will be accepting bags Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Clean Up Day has brought many organizations around Fairbanks together as sponsors for this year’s event. Sponsors include United Way of the Tanana Valley, Department of Transportation: Adopt a Highway, Green Star of Interior Alaska, Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America, Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Fairbanks North Star Borough Landfill, Explore Fairbanks, UAF, Cowles Heating Service, and The Radio Station.