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Garbage Heap Grows At Unalaska's Dump After Delayed Shipment Of Trash Sacks

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

A massive trash heap has been piling up at Unalaska's city dump.

Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson asked about it at Monday's City Council meeting.

"What is happening to those bags that the trash gets bailed in?" he asked. "Why can't we keep those at the dump when we need them? It's dangerous when we have that kind of trash sitting there."

Public Utilities Director Dan Winters said the bags come all the way from Vietnam, so even a small hiccup can interrupt the supply chain.

Recently, the dump has been in the lurch after the wrong bags were shipped.

"[We] sent them back. That put us behind, so we were looking to buy bags somewhere else," he said. "We found bags somewhere else. We ran out of them. We started using Super Sacks that we could find around. Now we have a supply of bags coming again."

Winters told the council he's optimistic the shipping issue has been resolved. But he did not respond to KUCB's request for comment on when the bags will arrive or when the trash heap will be removed.

Correction: This story previously misstated the city department that Dan Winters oversees. It has been updated with the correct information.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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