Highway ditches around the area are going to look a lot cleaner by Sunday. This Saturday, May 5 is the day for the annual Alberta Highway Cleanup.
"Last year, for example, 17,000 volunteers collected about 53,000 bags of garbage and about 13,000 kilometres of roadway was cleaned up at the same time," reported Wayne Wood of Alberta Transportation. "We contributed just over $1 million to about 700 volunteer organizations around the province."
The annual event is organized by Alberta Transportation and the government pays the organizations that have registered by the kilometre. Those registered in Drumheller this year include The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Scouts Canada, the Navy League, the Carbon Library, Drumheller Community Football, Knights of Columbus, the Drumheller Filipino Masons and the Fun Team hockey club.
"They start about 7:00 Saturday morning and they're there until about 5:00," outlined Wood. "They're all dressed up in very bright orange safety vests and they'll be very visibile along the sides of the highways in the Drumheller area."
Those highways include Highway 9, Highway 10, Highway 56 and Highway 575 between Drumheller and Carbon.
"What we ask is just for motorists to be aware of the fact that Saturday is Cleanup Day and keep their eyes open for those bright orange safety vests," added Wood. "Keep in mind that there's a lot of children involved in this and slow down as you're going by them and give them a wave and a pat on the back for the job they're doing."