One of the cleaner Ketchikan traditions is a welcome event beginning Saturday.
Ketchikan’s Annual Residential Spring Cleanup Week has come in the nick of time. The event, which most years occurs in April, was delayed this year due to the novel coronavirus. Still, it can be called a spring event because the season has a remaining seven days of spring. The spring equinox will begin on the last day of cleanup week.
Then the First City should be ready to enjoy a summer without household and yard trash cluttering up the dog days of the season.
The Deer Mountain Landfill will be accepting fuel tanks with both ends cut off, scrap metal in sections, no more than eight tires per household, appliances with doors removed, and residential remodel debris.
The garbage collection crew also will be picking up from curbs in residential areas of the city. The items listed above are excluded from curbside pickup, but yard trash isn’t. Yard trash and food garbage must be separated. Brush must be in bundles and tied in sections no longer than four feet.
Household hazardous waste, such as paint and batteries, won’t be collected during residential spring clean-up week. A household hazardous waste event will be scheduled at a later date.
Curbside pickup will occur on each resident’s regular garbage collection day.
In years past, the cleanup event was touted for two reasons — to prepare for showing off Ketchikan to the tourists in coming months and for locals own satisfaction.
With cruise ships not bringing the million-plus tourists to town this spring and summer, it’s all about us. We clean up for our selves, our neighbors, our community and for the pleasure in living clean.
Let’s do it.