This year, Juneau celebrated 100 years of community-wide clean up efforts. The tradition has its beginnings in a 1916, when Mayor B.D. Stewart announced “…a clean-up 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.” Leading the charge over the last 30 decades, the non-profit Litter Free has been organizing annual community-wide clean up events since becoming established in 1985.
To celebrate this historic event, Litter Free worked with the Downtown Improvement Group (DIG), the Southeast Alaska Land (SEAL) Trust, Capital Disposal, and Waste Management to coordinate three separate clean-up efforts over three weekends in April to provide a focused spring clean-up effort, or the “Juneau Clean Sweep.”
The first Clean Sweep event took place on April 15th, with the DIG’s volunteers focusing on the Downtown Juneau area. During the second event on April 23rd the SEAL Trust’s volunteers tackled the Mendenhall Wetlands. The final event was the annual Litter Free community-wide clean up on April 30th.
Juneau Clean Sweep volunteers picked up 12.33 tons of garbage. To put this into perspective, a walrus can weigh up to 2 tons – – so that’s equivalent to six walruses!
To show our appreciation, volunteers on April 30th were treated to a free BBQ hosted by the Juneau Watershed Partnership (JWP) and Duck Creek Market. The JWP partners with Litter Free during these events to increase awareness about litter and its impacts on our local waterways. For more information about how to “Slash the Trash” or upcoming clean-up events, please visit our website at: http://www.juneauwatersheds.org/STT.html
For more information about Litter Free, please see their website: http://www.litterfree.org/
Also, please thank and support the people and businesses that made the Juneau Clean Sweep possible:
Waste Management/Capital Disposal; Alcohol Bev Retailers Assoc – Juneau Lynn Canal CHARR; ALPAR; AXA Advisors, Stellar Financial Services; City and Borough of Juneau; Delta Western; Fred Meyer; Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway; Juneau Empire – Morris Group; Logan General Tax Practice; Lynden Transport; McDonalds of Juneau; Princess Cruises; Sealaska Corporation; Space Unlimited, Inc.; The Alaska Club
AJT Mining Properties, Inc.; Alaska Cache Liquor Inc.; Bauer/Clifton Interiors; Baxter Bruce & Sullivan P.C.; Bill Beebe; Carson Dorn, Inc.; Denali Federal Credit Union; Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC; Elliott Financial Management; Foodland IGA; Glacier Optical of Juneau, Inc.; IBEW Local 1547; Kathleen Gamble; Knights of Columbus; Laurie & Mike Sica; Northwind Architects; Shattuck & Grummett, Inc.; Southeast Panhandlers; Tongass Regional Eye Clinic; Triangle Club Inc.; Trucano Construction Company; Wilson Engineering Inc.
Auke Bay Cans; Benjamin Gilbert, DDS; Constance Trollan; Diana & James Reid; Family Practice Physicians, Inc.; Faulkner Banfield, P.C.; Glacier Pediatrics, LLC; James & Dorothy Wilson; Jeffrey & Susan Sloss; Jerry’s Meats & Seafood; Key Bookkeeping; Laura Lucas Design; Lisa Rollin and Ed McKrill; MRV Architects PC; Porta Shop Crane & Storage Rental; Western Auto – Marine; You’re the BOSS, Office Support Services
Mindy Shaw, DDS; Valley Auto Parts Alaska
Alaska Commercial Contractors, Inc.; Alaska Concrete Casting; Alaska Marine Trucking; Alaska Renovators, Inc.; BCD Construction; CBJ Parks and Recreation; Channel Construction; Coogan Construction; Delta Western; Gary Murdoch; IBEW; Jim Penor; US Forest Service
Use of Bag Site
Auke Bay – former UAS Student Bookstore; Delta Western; Douglas Fire Station; Duck Creek Market; Fred Meyer; Foodland IGA; Lyles – Jensens Home Furnishings, Inc.; Lynn Canal Fire Station; Super Bear Supermarket; Western Auto-Marine
Additional Support From
AEL&P Co. – William Boatman, Website Support; Alaskan Brewery; Dave Hanna; D&S Recycling; Downtown Improvement Group; Duck Creek Market; friends of recycling; Jack Manning; Juneau School District kids; Juneau Radio Center; Juneau Watershed Partnership; KTOO Radio; Les Schwab Tires-Shaub-Ellison; Mark Stopha; Mungle and Associates; Pacific Waste; Paul Thomas; Pixel & Plume; Southeast Alaska Land Trust; U.S. Forest Service; Trent Wilson