Monday, May 8, 2017

Over 2,900 volunteers participate in the 50th annual Pathway and River Cleanup

A statue of David, an iPad, a bed frame and shoes were a few of the strange items found at the 50th annual Pathway and River Cleanup (PRC) on Sunday, May 7.


Over 2,900 volunteers spent Sunday morning picking up garbage from our parks, pathways and river banks. Volunteers included non-profit organizations, youth groups, community associations, friends, family, co-workers, City staff and even cyclists, who delivered extra supplies to volunteers during the event.

Calgary Parks’ Mayland Heights Depot served as the designated dump site. By the end of the day, a 20 yard garbage bin was overflowing with garbage collected by volunteers.

Last year, a total of 1,305 kg (2,877 lbs) of garbage was collected. Garbage bags will continue to be collected over the next two weeks. This year’s garbage tally will be determined after all bags are picked up.

This year’s event was another resounding success in helping to keep our city clean. Thanks to all the volunteer who participated and thanks to our presenting sponsor ConocoPhillips Canada for supporting the PRC.

Get involved

The Pathway and River Cleanup may be over until next year, but help is always needed. Here are some ways you can get involved:
  • Always pick up and properly dispose of your garbage, including pet waste and cigarette butts.
  • A variety of volunteer opportunities are available with The City of Calgary year-round. Contact 311 for more information.
To learn more about the Pathway and River Cleanup, or to find out how you can volunteer for next year’s cleanup, visit calgary.ca/pathwayandrivercleanup.

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