Curbside Trash Expansion Moving Forward


Maggie Wall/KMXT

The controversial subject of borough trash pick-up is back on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s agenda.At tonight’s work session, assembly members will hear a proposal to add areas just north of town to the Alaska Waste’s roll cart service, which is more commonly known in town as curbside pickup.

The expansion would add 656 customers and one new route to the current service, making the service more economical. It would also eliminate 19 dumpsters at 13 different sites in the proposed areas.

Some of the areas and roads listed for inclusion are Mission Road, Spruce Cape, parts of Service District 1, parts of Island Lake, Balika Lane, Shahafka Circle, Selief Lane and Von Sheele.

The proposed expansion raised a few hackles at the borough’s Feb 3 meeting. Sumi Ono called in to complain about the plan and Service District One Chair Scott Arndt said he was “blind-sided” by the proposal. Both said they thought the first expansion of the new service outside the city was a long ways off.

But actually the contract says the expansion can begin whenever the borough directs the Alaska Waste to do so in a “Notice to Contractor.”.

Borough Assembly Member Dave Kaplan invited people in the proposed areas to attend tonight’s work session. There is no public hearing at a work session, but there is time early in the meeting for citizens’ comments:

Assembly member Dave Kaplan. Tonight’s assembly work session begins at 7:30 in the borough conference room.

It’s important to note that the City Council will be holding its regular meeting in the Assembly Chambers. The borough conference room is located downstairs.


MAP of proposed expansion of roadside waste pickup See page 12 for photo/map.

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