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Highway clean-up set for Saturday

Youth and adults will be cleaning up provincial highways during the annual highway clean-up on Sept. 19
A number of area organizations will be cleaning up trash from the sides of highways on Saturday. File photo.

LAKELAND - Motorists are being asked to keep an eye out for people along the sides of the roads on Saturday, as the annual provincial highway clean-up takes place.

Usually, the clean-up occurs in the spring, but it had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was rescheduled for Sept. 19.

A variety of organizations take part in the highway clean-up initiative, every year. Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., volunteers will be wearing their bright orange safety vests as they pick up garbage along highways. The effort helps raise funds for community organizations.

"Motorists are advised to watch for the volunteers, slow down, obey signs and use caution when passing cleanup crews," advises the Government of Alberta.

Groups earn $100 per kilometre cleaned. Volunteers must be at least nine years old to take part in the initiative and youth will be supervised by adults.

Last year, 740 volunteer organizations were involved in the highway clean-up.

"More than 18,000 volunteers collected more than 56,000 bags of garbage while cleaning up more than 13,700 kilometres of Alberta roads," according to the Government of Alberta.