Sunday, April 22 was Earth Day, a worldwide event organized to help clean up our planet. However, the Town of Drumheller was busy dealing with a high water alert on the Red Deer and Rosebud Rivers, so the Valley will mark Earth Day next Thursday, May 3.

Two years ago, well before she became Drumheller's mayor, Heather Colberg got people together to scour the town and pick up garbage that had collected over the winter. In 2017, they did it again and now Drumheller will have a third annual Earth Day Cleanup.

"There's no (particular) time, it's just throughout the day as people can do it," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "The schools are doing it, a bunch of businesses said they'll help and get involved, so I'm trying to just encourage every resident and business, if we all clean up our own areas and neighborhoods we'll get it done in a day."

"There will still be three (collection) bins planted: there will be a bin at Kneehill Soil (Services), one at the BCF and the one at the end of Western Financial," she outlined. "I didn't put any in any communities this year because in most cases, people were just putting it in their own garbages."

While she's taken the lead with the Earth Day Cleanup again, Colberg stresses she's doing it as a private citizen, not as mayor.

"Nobody really called out for many bags last year as well; most just grabbed bags on their own," she added. "I'm supplying the bags for the schools and gloves for the schools, but if anybody specifically wants some bags I can arrange to get them to them."

You can email her at [email protected]

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