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Antifreeze, batteries, shot gun shells...
By Jerry Cegelske


January 20, 2006
Friday AM

VCRs, shot up TVs, household garbage, burnt magazines, shotgun shells, McDonalds wrappers, mail, antifreeze, beer and soda cans, lamps, sofa cushions, auto parts, batteries, live ammunition and plastic bags are some of the things I've picked up from one end of the road system to the other, including the area around Lake Harriet Hunt, in the last few years.  Mr. Nick Tucker suggests in his letter of January 7, 2006 that I put down my camera, quit whining and just pick up trash.

 jpg trash along north tongass highway

Trash along North Tongass Highway

Although I have picked up a lot of trash, and I am glad Mr. Tucker does also, I, as have others, have never found it to be on the top of my list of fun things to do.  The purpose of the pictures is to educate community members of the damage done by those irresponsible people that chose to litter instead of being responsible for their trash and taking it to the landfill.
During the cleanup of Revilla Road on April 17th of last year, several of the people that were picking up the trash remarked to me that when they started picking up trash, they had a sense of accomplishment in making the areas cleaner.  As they cleaned up more and more trash, they became angered in the fact that they were cleaning up someone else's mess (illegally dumped) that shouldn't have been there in the first place! 

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Bag of trash blown out of an uncovered truck on N. Tongass and picked up by Jerry.

There is enough trash littering our community which was accidentally released without the illegal dumping of trash by those that care nothing about other members of the community, but only seek an easy way of getting rid of their trash for their own gain and ease, that, and their continued ignorance which will hopefully change with coming maturity.  A woman who previously participated in burning pallets and leaving a mess now has a different opinion of it now that she has a young child that can't play in these areas due to the damage done by others, just as she did.
I invite Mr. Tucker and his friends to participate in the coming Spring clean-ups planned for the North Tongass Highway and Revilla Road now that people have again littered them extensively.  I will be there picking up trash as I have previously.
Yours for a trash free Ketchikan!
Jerry Cegelske
E-mail: jerry.cegelske [AT]
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Jerry Cegelske is a Code Enforcement Officer with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.




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