There's a specific cleanup day every year in Fairbanks for getting rid of all of the trash that emerges from the snow. This year, it's on May 7th. Everyone who cleans up is a volunteer and it provides not only a good, but I would argue a necessary, service to our community. The News-Miner article says that, so far, over 1500 people have signed up. Go Fairbanks!
However, the irony of a corporation providing snacks (which will most likely be individually packaged) and bottled drinks out to the volunteers is not lost on me. Do the organizers really not see that, by distributing these snacks and water bottles, they are contributing to the area's growing garbage problem? I guess not. I hope that at least some of the volunteers bring their own reusable water bottles, and that the rest recycle them at the newly expanded recycling center.
It was beautiful weather for biking this morning, but it's looking more and more like it might end up being a rainy afternoon. Rain in the face kind of kills the joy of my downhill afternoon ride. A little bit, at least.