Earlier this year, we partnered with Litterfree Juneau in our annual Wetlands Coastal CODE Cleanup. We cleaned up a section of Juneau’s wetlands close to our brewery, Sunny Point, on the official Litterfree Juneau Cleanup Day.
The Alaskan Brewing Coastal CODE Contingent has cleaned up this section of wetlands for several years now each spring, waking up and getting out early on a Saturday with trash bags in hands, lots of dogs, and even more Alaskan beer to quench our early-morning thirst.
This year, we had about 200 volunteers, with 23 brewery employees leading the charge. 15 or so four-legged friends also came to help the people clean things up – very good at finding trash, not so great at picking it up.
Over the course of just a few hours, we were able to clear over two tons (!!!!) of trash and debris from our wetlands area. This included a heavy dishwasher and chest freezer (how?!), lots of huge pieces of waterlogged boat styrofoam, and a car bumper.
As a whole, Juneau’s cleanup was a huge success. Was it due to the sun peeking out later in the morning, instead of our usual gloomy, wet day? Maybe, but our community was able to clean 35,000 pounds of trash in one day. Pretty epic!
We’re looking forward to another cleanup coming soon – a Puget Sound cleanup organized with partners at the Washington State Ferries and Puget Soundkeepers, scheduled for August 11th from 10AM – noon. For more information, check out the event page here.