by Jerry A. Cegelske
April 1, 2004
and failure to secure a vehicle load.
photo by Jerry A. Cegelske
What is accepted?
RESIDENTIAL construction materials, yard trash, excavation (limited), furniture, scrap metal(boat trailers are ok if cut into sections no longer than six feet), appliances (refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed), all fuel tanks (ends must be cut off and tanks cleaned and free of oily residue), household trash, and brush and pallets. Loads should be separated by materials above or charges may be applied to the entire load.
What is NOT ACCEPTED
Commercial trash, Household hazardous waste, and paint. The date for disposal of hazardous waste and paint will be April 30- May 1, 2004.
Only 10 cubic yards of trash is allowed on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day. Construction debris, fuel tanks, refrigerators and freezers must be delivered to the landfill.
Junk Vehicles and Scrap Metal
Junk vehicles may be delivered to the Ward Cove Mill site after a voucher has been obtained from the Borough Public Works Dept. at 601 Schoenbar Road. Call Public Works at 247-5541 for more information and to obtain a voucher.
This is a great chance to get rid of the winters trash and those pesky trash problems that occur as fuel tanks and appliances wear out and the family car rusts into a junker.
One thing being stressed this year is the need for residents to secure their loads of trash to help reduce the trash and litter problem in Ketchikan.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Code 29.40.050 (b) reads in part:
The State and City have similar laws requiring the covering of loads. It is and will be enforced as one citation for an uncovered load was issued on Monday along with the littering citation for the vinyl dropped at mile 6 N Tongass Highway. The photo shows a bed frame near Wolf Point, the results of the neglect and failure to secure a vehicle load. How would you like to run into the bed frame with your vehicle. People are continuing to ignore the physics involved with materials exposed to the air passing a vehicle at 50 mph and the forces generated at that speed.
Anyone not covering their load and securing if from falling or blowing out of the vehicle is exposing themselves to the increased possibility of a lawsuit following an accident involving their trash. This will make the $110.00 paid for a citation seem like it was cheap. Why risk your future, cover and secure your load. You will be glad you did your part to protect yourself, your friends and neighbors as well as keep Ketchikan clean.
Note: Jerry A. Cegelske is
a Code Enforcement Officer for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.