It's starting to look a lot like summer on peninsula

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

The Kenai Peninsula is looking a lot less cluttered these days as residents pitch in and clean up.

One of the many cleanup programs helping give the area its spruced up look is the borough's litter and abandoned vehicle cleanup. This pilot program is allowing residents to take their junk vehicles to the Soldotna landfill at Mile 98.5 Sterling Highway and the closed Kenai landfill adjacent to the Kenai Transfer Facility on Redoubt Avenue.

Vehicles from the public will be accepted through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Not only is the borough to be commended for the program, but those residents who are using it deserve a pat on the back. It's a lot easier to let the junk accumulate thinking there will be time "tomorrow" to take care of it. The borough's program is helping residents clear the view today.

Residents who have missed out on the cleaning going on still have the opportunity to participate in Saturday's Community Cleanup Day.

This particular event is sponsored by Unocal Alaska and hosted by the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce. It will focus on cleaning up the cities of Kenai and Soldotna. Unocal donated $12,000 to fund the cooperative effort between the residents of the two cities. Teams of three people or more will participate in cleaning up specific zones assigned by the chambers. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three garbage collector groups in each city. Teams must register at either the Kenai or Soldotna chamber office before Saturday. Free T-shirts will be given to each team that preregisters.

Heartfelt appreciation goes to the borough, Unocal, the chambers of commerce, Peninsula Sanitation and all the residents and businesses who are contributing to all the cleanup efforts.

We don't know if cleanliness really is next to godliness, but we do know it's a lot easier to marvel in a landscape that's free of human-caused junk. Cleanup efforts are part of spring on the peninsula; once they are over summer can begin in earnest.

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