Albertans take to ditches to clean up roadways, raise funds

Motorists asked to slow down, obey signs

  • May. 2, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Motorists are asked to slow down and obey signs on Saturday when volunteers across Alberta are out cleaning up the area alongside Alberta roads.

Volunteers wearing bright orange safety vests collecting garbage along roadsides between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday as they raise money for their community organizations.

The annual highway cleanup is a fundraiser for non-profit and community organizations. Depending on the weather, the event is held each year on the first or second Saturday of May.

Last year, the Alberta government contributed $974,025 to 622 volunteer organizations as 14,186 volunteers helped clean up more than 12,600 kilometres of roadways.

Volunteer organizations include 4-H clubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, schools, church organizations, Rotary clubs, sports teams and various non-profit groups. Groups must register with the province as non-profit organizations to participate.

Organizations can earn between $55 and $100 per kilometre cleaned, with the higher amount going to those groups cleaning highways closer to urban centres, which tend to accumulate more trash.

Albertans over the age of nine can participate in the cleanup. Volunteers must attend a safety-training program and be under adult supervision.

More information is available by calling 310-0000 toll-free or by visiting the Annual Highway Cleanup website.

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