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Annual clean-up sees 27,000 bags of garbage removed from highways

EDMONTON, Alta. -- More than 7,500 volunteers chipped in to make Alberta's annual Highway Clean-up a success over t...

EDMONTON, Alta. — More than 7,500 volunteers chipped in to make Alberta’s annual Highway Clean-up a success over the past two weekends.

Due to bad weather on May 4, the clean-up was divided over two weekends, and all told more than 286 community and youth groups took part.

More than 27,000 bags of garbage were collected from the sides of Alberta highways.

"Over 5,000 kilometres of highway were cleaned this year thanks to the thousands of volunteers," says Transportation Minister, Ed Stelmach. "Those who participate help the environment and learn the importance of keeping our beautiful province clean."

Drivers were very considerate when approaching areas that were being cleaned, lowering their speeds to appropriate levels, he adds.

"I commend Alberta motorists for driving carefully in areas where the clean-up was occurring and for keeping our young volunteers safe," says Stelmach.

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