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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:58 am | Updated: 1:42 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

Cleanup Day is set for May 5 this year, the first Saturday in May.

For those of you who are new to Fairbanks, this is the traditional gathering day on which an attempt is made to remove the tons of litter that have been deposited along the roadsides since last fall, hidden by the snow.

The 22,000 yellow garbage bags, or should I call them Cleanup containers, will be available starting April 23 at a variety of locations, including the Boy Scout office on Gillam Way, local fire stations and the Fox General Store and the Moose Creek General Store.

May 5 is early for Cleanup Day, but the snow is usually gone by that time of year.

There are several changes in the plan for this year.

I'm glad to report that the Boy Scouts are back again as a key element in the campaign, as the office on Gillam Way is easy to get to and there will be a map where people can sign up to clean specific spots that need attention.

Another new development this year is that Interior Alaska Green Star, a nonprofit group, is coordinating an aluminum recycling initiative. Special green garbage bags will be available to be filled with aluminum cans. Those will be picked up and recycled.

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