Illegal dumping plagues Mat-Su Borough
Illegal dumping in the Mat-Su Valley continues to be an issue.
Erin Leaders, the Mat-Su Borough’s community clean-up and recycling coordinator, said there are chronic problem areas, especially on dead-end roads.
“It’s just consistent enough at this point I feel like it’s hard to keep up with sometimes,” Leaders said.
She’s been back to the same cul-de-sac in Wasilla two times in the past week.
“We had to pick up a bunch of furniture. There was a sectional, a couch, a futon and a headboard,” Leaders said about the first trip.
The area was also one of her first stops when she started the job.
“I’ve been to this site this past year I’ve been doing this. The past year and a half, I’ve been here 11 times,” Leaders said.
She’s not sure if it’s the same people dumping over and over again. Sometimes the trash is just household waste, other times it’s stripped wires and hypodermic needles; one pile had four, in-tact moose legs.
Leaders collects any mail she finds; it can be turned over to law enforcement to help track down the dumpers or possibly be given back to the original owner.
“It could be stolen, could be someone paid someone to dump their trash, you don’t know,” Leaders said.
It didn’t take long before her truck bed was full. She’ll have to make a third trip to return for the refuse still frozen to the ground.
But her day’s not done. Just one street over there’s another pile in another cul-de-sac.
“It’s a lot of work and I don’t mind doing that but it’s just frustrating. It’s being in the same places over and over. It’s difficult,” Leaders said.
There’s a way for other people to pitch in, though. While large dump sites should be reported to the borough, groups can put in applications to organize community clean-ups for smaller sections.
“It’s a good way to work together to help keep our community safe and clean. The more trash that’s laying around, the more it encourages further dumping. I think we all want to live in a safe, clean neighborhood and this is one way people can make a difference,” she said.
To organize a clean-up on Mat-Su Borough right-of-way property, contact Erin Leaders at 861-7605.
Applications need to be approved for the borough to waive the fee at the Central Landfill.
The Mat-Su Borough Solid Waste Division has a list of other community cleanups:
Jim Creek/MSB Parks: May 18
Settlers Bay Homeowners: May 11
Fishhook Community Council: May 11
Lazy Mountain/Clark Wolverine: May 18
NORTH OF PALMER
Sutton/Jonesville: May 11
WASILLA TO BIG LAKE
Seldon/Lucille Area: April 13-15
Williwaw Subdivision: May 5-6
City of Wasilla/Nelson Avenue: May 6-11
Meadow Lakes Community Council: May 12-18
NORTH OF WASILLA
City of Houston April 23-28
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