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Rewarding rubbish: 140 trash cleanup volunteers collect tons of old sleds, dead Christmas trees and other odd stuff


There were things like old kicksleds and dozens of wood pallets that show Longyearbyen is a bit of an odd community. And then there were things that were just odd.

About 140 people picked up tons of trash ranging from dead Christmas trees to styrofoam bits to construction debris during a citywide cleanup on Tuesday. Items like the pallets that are commonly used for snowmobile parking are common signs of the lifestyle in the world’s northernmost town, but other debris revealed lifestyle choices that left some residents cold.