Monday, May 2, 2011

Pathway and river cleaned-up

Computers, bicycles, dinner plates and even a rubber flying pig were items recovered this weekend in the 44th annual Pathway and River Cleanup

Approximately 2,000 volunteers picked up garbage along all major waterways in the city including the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Nose Creek, and the Glenmore Reservoir collecting thousands of pounds of garbage.

“It’s unfortunate we have to do this every year, but it’s so great to have Calgarians come out in force, and the results are terrific,” said Corinna Baxter, with The City's Parks team.

The Calgary Police Service Marine Unit were also on hand to scour the depths of the waterways under trouble spots where people congregate such us under bridges and along pathways.

We don’t yet have the numbers for how much garbage was collected this year yet, but previously:
  • 2010 – approx. 11,000 lbs of garbage was picked up
  • 2009 – approx. 11,000 lbs of garbage was picked up
  • 2008 – approx. 16,000 lbs of garbage was picked up
The Pathway and River Cleanup is hosted by The City of Calgary Parks and is sponsored by Tim Hortons, Stantec, ConocoPhillips, Calgary Area Outdoor Council, Waste Management, and the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation. Other City of Calgary supporters include Community and Neighbourhood Services, the Calgary Fire Department, Waste & Recycling Services, and the Calgary Police Service.

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