Litter Patrol

Juneau's Litter Free, was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Litter Prevention Program by the statewide organization ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling) on August 25, 2022! Litter Free thanks our hard working Litter Patrol Coordinator, John T. Logan, who won the 2022 ALPAR Volunteer of the Year Award!

Throughout the summer and fall seasons, we enlist the aid of various clubs and organizations to clean up targeted areas. If your group is thinking of a fund raiser, this might be a good one to consider. Volunteers are paid $12 per hour to pick up trash on public properties and take it to the landfill. This program does several things - groups earn money for their fundraising projects, the beauty and health of Juneau is maintained, and those picking up trash become devoted "anti-litter bugs." This program is generously supported through a grant from the Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) and many businesses and individual donations from the Juneau community. The Litter Patrol can also provide bags, supplies and information about access to the landfill for groups who wish to donate their time and effort to do a clean-up without payment.

Recent Participants in Litter Patrol include:

Dzanti ki Heeni Middle School
JDHS Track and Field
Juneau Montessori Program
Floyd Dryden Middle School
Juneau Youth Wrestling
Alaska Youth Choir
Alaska Sea Grant
Juneau Ski Club
Juneau Charter School
Juneau Soccer Club
Juneau String Ensembles
TAFY Dancers
Juneau Huskies Football Cheer
JDHS Cross Country
Shepherd of the Valley
TMHS Ocean Guardian

To find out more about how to organize a clean-up, please contact:

Litter Patrol Coordinator
John Hudson
Restoration Biologist
Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition

In years past, Litter Free offered a visit from Captain Clean to classrooms and youth groups to provide education about litter prevention and recycling. (Litter Free is on the search for a caped crusader...if you know a trash warrior interested in spreading our word of Keeping Juneau Clean, give us a call!)

From visiting family members, to tourists, to State Legislators, we want them to remember the Capital City of Alaska as being a lovely place to visit, both for its natural beauty as well as its clean streets, beaches and public areas. We wish that when they leave, they would like to visit again someday.”

The on-going battle to control litter in the Capital City...

Three Basic Rules

  • Do not use plastic sacks or cardboard boxes for garbage.

    Use standard garbage containers recommended by the refuse pick-up company.

  • Keep garbage cans washed out.

    Smells attract birds and other animals, including dogs and bears.

  • Make sure garbage can lid is secure.

    Always place cans on a flat surface. Prevent garbage from spilling out when can is tipped over by using bungee cords to hold lids in place.

Bears are attracted to garbage and pose a threat to people’s safety as well as causing a big mess. Birds, especially ravens, have no equal when it comes to spreading litter throughout the borough. Ravens are very intelligent and can figure out how to get the lid off a garbage can in a matter of seconds if it not secured properly.

"Much of our litter problem comes from how we mishandle our personal household garbage on garbage pick-up day. Individuals can do much to thwart problems associated with their garbage attracting birds and animals."