Earned over $850,000 sprucing up Alberta highways

A wet and snowy spring did not stop 7,136 young Albertans from cleaning up the province’s highways for a 36th year.

  • Jun. 11, 2012 7:00 p.m.

A wet and snowy spring did not stop 7,136 young Albertans from cleaning up the province’s highways for a 36th year.

Volunteers from 566 clubs and non-profit groups filled 55,641 garbage bags with trash from more than 9,700 kilometres of rights-of-way. That’s enough garbage to fill 95 average size bungalows.

The participants earned an estimated $853,650 for their organizations. More than 6,200 adult supervisors helped keep the event safe.

Last year, 7,400 volunteers cleaned approximately 9,800 kilometres of right-of-way and earned $813,180 for their organizations. Despite the later start this spring more garbage was collected than last year.

For most areas south of Lacombe, rain and/or snow postponed the original May 5 cleanup day to May 12.

The highway cleanup is an annual event held on the first or second Saturday in May, as weather permits. Established as a fundraiser for non-profit and community groups, the program also helps keep Alberta’s highways clean and safe by removing garbage from rights-of-way.

Visit www.transportation.alberta.ca/605.htm for more details on highway cleanup programs in Alberta.

Submitted – Special to Sylvan Lake News

Just Posted

Certified Sustainable Beef Workshop introduces new approach

Alberta beef industry is one of the most sustainable industries in the province

Council reallocates funds to purchase portable amphitheatre

$100,000 entrusted from Heart of Town Association will be used for the purchase

Fentanyl information session gives parents a new perspective

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools partnered with RCMP and Turning Point

The Little Mermaid comes to Sylvan

The Ecole Mother Teresa Performing Arts Department performed the musical

Multi-sport event approved for August-long weekend

Multi-Sport at the Lake will include a triathlon to be held on Aug. 4

WATCH: Record number of nominees for Women of Excellence

Various Central Alberta women recognized for their different contributions

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

Canadian Paralympic team picked up record 28 medals

The 55 athletes strong had set a cautious goal of 17 medals for PyeongChang

Canadian comic Mike MacDonald dies at 63

Ottawa-born comedian had performed on David Letterman

Young Jersey cow takes Saturday night walk through Ponoka

Ponoka residents help police locate runaway bovine, which was safely collected.

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

PHOTOS: Team Tanner takes in northern lights in Yellowknife

The aurora borealis and storm hunters photograph Yellowknife’s picturesque night skies

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Most Read