We all know that glass recycling in Anchorage was stopped n January 5th, 2009.
What many of us didn't know, what that the glass dumping at the Pt. Woronzof site
continued for weeks afterward. This is an abundance of bar glass and
garbage...very, very little of this materials is food jars from domestic households.
Large liquor bottles, bar food waste, and multiple types of containers (hard plastic
mayonnaise pails, cardboard liquor boxes, plastic garbage bags) contaminate the
otherwise usable glass. As we pointed out, this is a large scale dumping
phenomenon, and it is the garbage and the scale of the mess that creates a hazard
for Anchorage citizens and our pets. Parents are warned that the images to the
right may be too graphic for young recyclers...there is blood.
On the morning of February 18th, graphic blood marks were visible starting at the
broken liquor bottles and leading the short distance back to the public trail. There is no
barrier between the trail and the site, nor is there a single warning sign to users of the
trail as to the hazards awaiting them. The blood trail was the result of a dog leaving the
coastal trail, as evidenced by clean paw prints, entering the site, digging in snow
covered glass and bar garbage where it was cut on at least one paw. The trail
becomes increasingly bloody as the dog makes its way back towards the coastal trail
and its owner. It is evident that the animal was in distress and was bleeding profusely.
The dog’s owner was on skis, as evidenced by tracks that leave the trail, where they
meet the bloody trail. It seems clear that the owner picked up the dog and proceeded
north on the trail. They paused approximately 25 feet north, where the owner removed
bloody snow and glass from the dog’s paws, discarding the material on the trail.
We can only hope that the dog, which apparently loss quite a bit of blood, was provided
medical care in a timely fashion. The site is at least one mile from parking lots in either
direction. There is no cell phone coverage in that area. The piles of broken glass and
garbage are within 100 feet of the coastal trail, the weather is warming, and the
garbage is already detectable by dogs. If more dogs are injured, or god forbid, children
innocently traverse the site as they have done in past winters, the consequences could
be dire. Friends, we notified the municipality of this hazard several weeks ago. No
effort has been made to remove the glass and rectify the hazard. Today, on February
24th, we sent an email to the City Attorney, the manager of Heritage Land Bank
(property owner), the City Manager, and each of the Anchorage Assembly members.
Let's hope they act before further innocents are injured.
Click on the pictures below to enlarge.