Alberta: Young Albertans spruce up highways on May 2

wildlife_overpass Annual highway cleanup day runs for 33rd year

Young Albertans will give the province’s highways a spring cleaning and earn some money for their clubs and community groups at the same time.


The 33rd annual Highway Cleanup Day takes place Saturday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the province. In case of inclement weather, the cleanup will take place the following Saturday, May 9.

Last year, approximately 5,000 young people from 360 clubs and non-profit organizations collected more than 32,000 bags of garbage from more than 5,000 kilometres of highway rights-of-way. That’s enough garbage to fill 55 average-size bungalows from floor to ceiling.

Participants wear bright orange safety vests and are under adult supervision. They must be at least nine years old and attend a safety training program before they can participate. Participants may earn up to $100 per kilometre of right-of-way for their club or non-profit community group. Last year, volunteers earned $418,000 for their groups and clubs.

Motorists are urged to slow down, obey signs, and be on the lookout when passing the workers in the ditches.
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