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Watch for volunteers cleaning up Alberta highways May 1

The 45th annual highway cleanup will take place on Saturday, May 1.

Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 1, volunteers wearing bright orange safety vests will be collecting trash along Alberta highways to raise funds for community organizations.

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

The organizations, which include 4-H clubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, schools, church organizations and other non-profit groups, earn $100 per kilometre cleaned.

Participants will follow COVID-19 guidelines, including masking and physical distancing.

Volunteers must be nine years old or older to participate, take part in a safety training program and be under adult supervision.

Last year, the Alberta government contributed $925,635 to 463 volunteer organizations involved in the highway cleanup.

About 12,000 volunteers collected more than 32,000 bags of garbage while cleaning up more than 9,000 kilometres of Alberta roads.

In the event of bad weather, the cleanup will be held Saturday, May 8.