Monday, May 7, 2018

2,500 volunteers participate in the 51st annual Pathway and River Cleanup

A Nerf bow and arrow and large pool noodles were a few of the strange items found at the 51st annual Pathway and River Cleanup on Sunday, May 6. 

2,500 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 drivers and even cyclists, who delivered extra supplies to volunteers during the event.
By the end of the day, a 20-yard garbage bin was filled with garbage collected by volunteers. Last year, a total of 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) of garbage was collected. Garbage bags will continue to be collected over the next three weeks. 

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 event.

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.
  • Organize your own cleanup, using our free kits.
To learn more about the Pathway and River Cleanup, or to find out how you can volunteer for next year’s cleanup, visit

To see more citizen photos, follow along on Twitter: #YYCcleans

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