Clean Up Day commences, over one thousand people volunteer

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Clean Up Day in Fairbanks, which has been extended to a full week in order to allow for social distancing, has commenced in Fairbanks.

This year Clean Up Day activities run from May 2nd to May 9th. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)

More than 1000 volunteers have registered with Green Star of Interior Alaska -- some individually, some in groups -- to clean up a specific part of the town on a specific date.

Luke Culver and Jonathan Chriest are participating in Clean Up Day as part of a group representing the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS volunteered to pick up trash along Peger Road between Airport Way and the Johansen Expressway.

This is Culver’s second year participating. He said he volunteers because “having it clean and nice, for especially when all the tourists and everything come through, it’s good for the town."

Chriest has been involved with Clean Up day for 3 years. He said his goal by volunteering is “Making sure everything, like especially metal and stuff, is off the bike paths so that people can ride their bikes and not have their tires popped.”

Stephanie Haskins, co-owner of Black Spruce Brewing Company, registered with a group of colleagues and friends to clean the area around her company. Discussing Clean Up Day, she said, “I bike to work all the time in the summer and so it's been really satisfying to see all these sections where previously I saw cigarette butts and plastic bags and various bits of debris, and then to be able to bike here and see it look so much cleaner.”

Sometimes interesting debris can be found along the road after break-up season, which Haskins has learned first-hand. “Moments ago I came across an entire mud flap,” she said

Clean Up Day continues until Saturday, May 9th.

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