Community cleanup comes to Chugiak-Eagle River

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:46
  • Star photo by Matt Tunseth Trash near the intersection of Hiland Road and the Glenn Highway. The annual Municipality of Anchorage Citywide Cleanup starts April 29 and runs through May 6. The event coincides with Free Dump Days, which are April 29 and May 6.
  • Trash near the intersection of Hiland Road and the Glenn Highway. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

By Kirsten Swann

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Starting this weekend, Chugiak-Eagle River residents will find themselves on the front lines of one of Anchorage’s trashiest community events.

The annual Citywide Cleanup, which features free access to the Anchorage Regional Landfill, is set to kick off April 29, according to event organizers.

Coordinated by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce for 49 years, the event is a local tradition. Every spring, hundreds of local volunteers flock to roadways and public parks, filling orange plastic bags with thousands of pounds of spring refuse. The bags are available for free at local Fred Meyer stores, according to the chamber. While there’s a limit of two bags per person, folks are encouraged to reserve extra bags by enrolling cleanup teams online. Visit the chamber’s website for more information.

When the bags are brimming with trash, cleanup participants can dispose of them for free at any Solid Waste Services facility, according to the chamber. Just make sure the orange bags are free of yard waste and separated from other garbage.

The clean-up event coincides with Free Dump Days – when the Anchorage Regional Landfill accepts trash free of charge – which this year are scheduled Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact reporter Kirsten Swann at [email protected]

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