by Jason Lamb
Monday, June 14, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services issued a new warning about sleeping in trash containers after a dead man was found buried under a pile of cardboard Monday at the Anchorage Recycling Center. Police say the man might have died in a Dumpster before it arrived at the center.
The death comes after the city tried warning the homeless of that very danger last year. Police say Monday's discovery is apparently similar to an incident at the Dimond Center in March, when a homeless man was crushed in a trash compactor.
The city's homeless coordinator says it's a specific danger to the homeless people living outside, about which officials tried to get word out last year.
Police say a worker at the recycling center on Rosewood Street who was operating a front-end loader saw the body at about 1:30 p.m. Officials say the man was probably homeless, likely using cardboard inside a container to stay warm.