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 2021 CLEAN UP


When:  May 15th, 2021 



Bags, Signups and Map will be available 

starting May 3, 2021


Online sign up will be available on May 3, 2021!


 Click here for Clean Up day Poster

Click links below for Safety Tips:

Clean Up Day Dos and Don'ts

Clean Up Day - Syringe


2021 Yellow Bag Shortage

This year there will be a shortage of those iconic yellow bags that we’ve seen for decades. Those bags are provided to events like ours by a non-profit organization, Alaskan for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR). In 2020 they were unable to produce the bags and they needed to cut back on what they provided to events across the State. To learn all about ALPAR and what they provide statewide please visit their website

Moving forward in the Alaskan Sprit we are adapting and are encouraging anyone participating in Clean Up Day to take only what you need from our 4 bag pickup locations or use your own trash bags. We have had some awesome community minded organizations that have donated black trash bags for this event. University of Fairbanks and North Pole Rotary Club have provided trash bags that we will pass out along with the yellow bags ALPAR was able to send us. We will start passing out bags on May 3rd and we will update availability here. The Borough landfill will be accepting all color bags and debri as Clean Up Day trash for 2021!

 Recycling is Back for 2021

We are excited to offer Green Bags as an option again this year! Green Bags will be passed out at all 4 bag pickup locations. You may fill the bags with #1 and #2 plastics and aluminum cans. You may leave the green bags along the road with other Clean Up Day trash and the Heavy Haulers will get it where it needs to go. After Clean Up Day you may take your Green Bags to the Central Recycling Facility, 1855 Marika Road. For a full list of what the Central Recycling Facility accepts, outside of this event, please visit their website


brought to you by: 

2021 Clean up day sponsors 


What is Clean Up Day?

Clean Up Day is a community wide volunteer initiative to clean up the trash uncovered by melting snow in the Fairbanks North Star Borough before tourist season begins.

Who is in charge of Clean Up Day?
The Clean Up Day Committee is made up from volunteers from many different sponsoring organizations including; United Way of the Tanana Valley; Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Adopt a Highway; Green Star of Interior Alaska; Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America; Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce; Fairbanks North Star Borough, Central Recycling Facility; The Radio Station; Cowles Heating Services; University of Alaska, Office of Sustainability; University of Alaska, Advocacy Committee; and Alaska Comedy


Where to get Clean Up Day bags?

Boy Scouts  -  1400 Gillam Way

Cowles heating  -  1675 Richardson Hwy

Central Recycling Facility  -  1855 Marika Road

Green Star  -  1101 Wells Street


Who picks up the yellow Clean Up Day bags?
The volunteers, who pick up the yellow bags on Clean Up Day and transport them to the landfill, call themselves the "Heavy Haulers". The crew and the pickup route are organized by Justin at Cowles Heating. Many companies volunteer their time and their trucks to pick up yellow bags. This is a list from 2020: Alaska waste, Florcraft carpet 1, Denali group, C&R pipe, Hurst expediting, Skidmore machine, Shredway, Frontier supply, MacCheynes carpet plus, Cowles heating.

What if a group picks up an area on a different day than Clean Up Day?
If you organize a clean up crew on a different day than Clean Up Day you will need to have someone take the yellow bags to the FNSB landfill. Please secure the Clean Up Day bags in your vehicle! You don't want your group's hard work to end up back on our roadways. The Clean Up Day Committee does apply for a tipping fee waiver from the Borough for about a month around Clean Up Day. The bags are weighed and the landfill keeps track of the tonnage. If it is taken to a local transfer station, it is treated as regular household trash.


Fairbanks North Star Borough Landfill:
455 Sanduri St., Fairbanks, AK 99701
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM; Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM; Sunday noon to 4 PM
Click here to view Map to Fairbanks Landfill (



Thank You!

This past year may have been filled with uncertainty, but one thing is guaranteed - the spirit of the Golden Heart community perseveres. From all of us on the Clean Up Day Committee, thank you for your commitment to keeping Alaska’s roadsides beautiful.


For more information call 452-7211 or visit us 



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