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2021 CLEAN UP
When: May 15th, 2021
although Clean Up Day is officially over, there is more to be done!
Please continue to clean our roadways!
For information on what to do with bags after May 15th, 2021 please click here.
Please continue to register your group and your area. Registering tells us what area you are cleaning, what day you are cleaning and how many people are in your group.
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2021 Yellow Bag Shortage
This year there will be a shortage of those iconic yellow bags that we have gotten used to seeing for decades. Those bags are provided to events like ours by a non-profit organization, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR). In 2020, due to circumstances beyond their control 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 Spirit 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. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Costco Wholesale, 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. Our motto this year is “any bag is a good bag” and all colors of garbage bags will be accepted at the Borough Landfill in 2021.
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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
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 plastic bottles and jugs and aluminum cans. You may leave the green bags along main roads 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 https://www.fnsb.gov/294/Central-Recycling-Facility
Where to get Clean Up Day bags?
Boy Scouts - 1400 Gillam Way, Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM
Cowles Heating - 1675 Richardson Hwy, Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Central Recycling Facility - 1855 Marika Road, Tuesday - Friday noon to 5:30 PM
and Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
Green Star of Interior Alaska - 1101 Wells Street, Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11 AM to 5 PM
Who picks up the trash bags from the roadside on Clean Up Day?
The volunteers, who pick up the trash bags from the roads 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 trash bags. Thank you to all our Heavy Haulers; Alaska Waste, Florcraft Carpet One, Denali Group, Horst Expediting, Skidmore Machine, Shredway, Frontier Supply, Collision Masters, MacCheynes Carpet Plus and 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 take the yellow bags to the FNSB landfill and let the attendant know you’re there for Clean Up Day. 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 so we can track the community effort. If it is taken to a local transfer station, it is treated as regular household trash and will not be tallied.
ANY TRASH COLLECTED AFTER CLEAN UP DAY MUST BE DROPPED OFF AT THE BOROUGH LANDFILL
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 (https://goo.gl/maps/zr6YxJiURVH2)
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(United Way) or visit us