The 2017 U.S. Coast Guard “Earth Day” Community Cleanup
April 21, 2017
2017 U.S. Coast Guard Ketchikan Earth Day Cleanup Volunteers
They found tossed away golf clubs, plastic drums and buckets, bottles, insulation, table legs, and other material on Revilla Road and additional material on Brown Mountain Road.
Burned motorcycle and chair found at Whipple Creek
If you are missing a 4-wheeler, you might check the landfill as the clean up volunteers hauled one there also said Cegelske. A lady's purse was also found and turned over to the Alaska State Troopers.
One sad thing is that some of these areas are the same ones cleaned last year said Cegelske. In checking for areas to be cleaned up. last week household trash was found on Whipple Spur Road which has been a favorite dumping spot for years. Cegelske said a citation will be issued to the woman whose trash it is for failure to properly dispose of her household trash.
Material collected at Whipple Creek including a burned motorcycle.
While working, many of the Coast Guard volunteers frequently commented on how Ketchikan was their home and that they planned on staying here. Ketchikan has frequently been in the top five of the best of Coast Guard Bases to be stationed at.
Cegelske said, "This is the 13th year it has been his privilege to work with the outstanding men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard on community cleanups. All of them have taken their Coast Guard work ethic and transferred it to their work for the community. I have been amazed at the amount of effort they have expended in collecting the solid waste that has been created and indiscriminately dumped about the community."
Collected garbage loaded in a personal truck.
The Coast Guard cleanup volunteers have found dump sites that Cegelske said he was not aware of and collected material that was totally unexpected. They have collected and taken to the landfill over 90,000 pounds of trash and solid waste, much of which was collected from areas along embankments where it was difficult to get it from said Cegelske. "They have used their personal vehicles and fuel as well as equipment to accomplish their goals. It is indeed a privilege to know and work with them," said Cegelske.
Cegelske thanked Supervisor Lenny Neeley and the City of Ketchikan's landfill crew for providing the yellow ALPAR bags and accepting the solid waste collected and keeping track of the amounts collected. "Their help and coordination along with great weather helped to make it a great day to collect trash!"
All Ketchikan area residents and businesses are responsible for properly disposing of their waste. Quoting Ketchikan Gateway Borough Code, the disposal of solid waste in a sanitary manner is compulsory and universal. [Ord. No. 1110, §1, 7-6-99. Code 1974 §29.20.010.] Disposal of solid waste in a sanitary manner means that all garbage, household hazardous wastes, white goods, construction wastes, demolition wastes, industrial wastes, recyclables, rubbish, tires and yard wastesmust be disposed of at the municipal landfill. The penalty for violation can be a fine of $200
All owners or occupants of residential dwelling units in Ketchikan pay a community solid waste disposal fee of $18 per month which is billed and collected through an agreement with the City of Ketchikan through KPU Electric monthly billing.
To learn more about Ketchikan's Deer Mountain Landfill, click here.
Burned mattress springs and burned wheels from Whipple Creek
Remains of a burned couch dumped at Whipple Creek
Auto parts and metal collected at Whipple Creek
Heavy auto parts loaded on 5-ton truck
Collected material along Revilla Road
Collecting solid waste, including golf clubs along Revilla Road.
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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