Ketchikan is back on schedule with Spring Clean-Up Week.
A year ago, the City of Ketchikan delayed the community’s official week for outdoors tidying because of the pandemic.
The traditional April event is to begin today (Saturday) through next Saturday. The weather will cooperate, according to the National Weather Service, with sunshine and clear blue skies most days.
The list of spring chores could extend into summer ones — but what’s the saying, “a job begun is half done.”
That is how Ketchikan would like to be in a week’s time — at least half, if not done — with the yard, garden, patio and exterior house tasks. Because the great outdoors, and Alaska’s in particular, offers opportunities of great pleasure for spring and summer — fishing, barbecuing, camping, you get the idea.
Whether cleaning up in order to feel free to pursue such pleasures or simply cleaning in order to enjoy the homefront, the jobs in a place like the Southeast range from picking up debris and cutting back salmonberry bushes to pulling weeds, touching up paint and stain on patios and fences, cleaning gutters, pressure washing buildings and driveways, washing windows and screens, and the list goes on.
The city is making disposal of the resulting trash as easy as it can.
The landfill, as usual, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge. Officials note that this event pertains to residential cleanup only, and excludes debris from commercial undertakings.
Old furniture, as well as household and yard trash, will be accepted. Both ends must be removed from fuel tanks; scrap metal should be cut into sections; useless tires will be required to be off their rims, and remodeling debris can be taken to the dump. It cannot be left curbside, which also is the case for refrigerators and fuel tanks.
A Household Hazardous Waste Event will be scheduled later this spring for such items, including old paint.
We appreciate the city setting a clean-up week each year. This past 12 months has been atypical with more folks working from home and others deciding against unnecessary travel. In such cases with more time on the homefront, the to-do and clean-up lists grow. But some things simply cannot be done until spring and in spring-like weather. For those, our local government is accommodating us.