This is not the first time I’ve shared similar pictures, but I’m compelled to put them out there as an exhortation to respect the beautiful Alaska that many of us call home. These pictures are a common sight along the James Dalton Highway, designated one of Alaska’s scenic byways. The highway transects remote areas and the few bear-proof trash receptacles are not emptied often, especially in the winter months. It would appear to be common sense that if the trash receptacle is full, you would not overstuff it providing access for birds and animals. However, I see this almost every time I travel there. I realize I’m probably preaching to the choir for those reading this, but let it be a reminder that we all use good judgment when disposing of our trash. Let’s keep our trash off the landscape and respect the land given to our trust and care.