Annual Cleanup

The 2021 Annual Juneau Litter Free Community Cleanup was held on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Over 800 volunteers picked up over 30,000 pounds of trash from public lands and waterways. Great job Juneau!

Every action counts! Dispose of litter properly and always recycle where possible.

If you have questions about the cleanup, please send an email to litterfreeinc@gmail.com. Ā 

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2021 Cleanup Details:

Bag sites were open from 8 am – 10 am, and Litter Free provided bags, (yellow= trash, green = recycle aluminum, plastic, tin, NO GLASS!!!), plastic gloves, sign up sheets, and information on the cleanup.

Bag Sites locations included:

Douglas Library / Fire
Foodland IGA
Western Auto
Fred Meyer
Super Bear IGA
Duck Creek Market
Forbidden Peak Brewery

At the bag sites we direct people to clean up anywhere they find trash on PUBLIC property – roads, sidewalks, ditches, streams, beaches, parks, trails, wetlands, etc. We are not authorized to enter private property to do cleanups, and this event is supported through a generous donation of Waste Management to accept trash, so it is not a time for people to unload their personal trash. šŸ™‚

Litter Free works in coordination with many groups:

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEAL Trust):Ā organized volunteers at Sunny Point near Branta Drive starting at 10 am. Northstar Helicopters airlifted heavy trash from the wetlands for pickup and transfer to the landfill by volunteer drivers. For more information about the Juneau Community Wetlands Cleanup, please go to:Ā https://www.southeastalaskalandtrust.org/get-involved/upcoming-events/juneau-community-wetlands-cleanup/

Coastal CODE: the Alaskan Brewing Co. supports the Coastal CODE program, organized volunteers to join them at 10 am at the pullout near Sunny Point just beyond the Egan Drive underpass. Ā See the Coastal Code website for more information: https://alaskanbeer.com/community/

Enjoy Geocaching? check out this website for more information on a Cache In Trash Out cleanup event! https://www.geocaching.com/cito/

Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition hosted a bag site at the Duck Creek Market and provided information on how to clean, protect and preserve the many streams and rivers that flow through Juneau, providing for a strong fish habitat. For more information on how you can help this effort, see: http://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/

friends of Recycling volunteers were at the landfill from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm to sort the recyclables collected in the green bags on cleanup day. This was a tough, dirty job and we appreciate these volunteer efforts – thank you friends!!!

Adopt-A-Highway: Ā The State of Alaska Department of Transportation coordinates the efforts of groups wishing to “adopt” a stretch of our scenic highways and state maintained roads in Juneau. For more information on how you can get involved, see: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdmno/aah/

Litter Free coordinates the many volunteer trucks/drivers that pick up the bags and haul them to the landfill. To help the drivers, those picking up trash must tie off full bags of trash and recyclables, and place them on a MAIN roadway in a location that will be easy for the trucks to pull over safely for pickup. Bags should be out for pickup by 2pm so that the trucks can pick them up and take the to the landfill before it closes. Check out the maps below to see the pick up routes. If you see stray bags after the cleanup, contact litterfreeinc@gmail.com to coordinate a pickup.

In 1916, Mayor B.D. Stewart “announced that a cleanup campaign should be inaugurated and that the papers and citizens in general should cooperate in the matter of urging the cleaning up of the entire city.”

As you can see, we’ve been at it now for over 100 years!


Cleanup Day Photos