Volunteers will be out beside highways on Saturday cleaning up litter to raise money for non-profits. Motorists are urged to watch out for them and take safety precautions. (Black Press file photo).

Volunteers will be out beside highways on Saturday cleaning up litter to raise money for non-profits. Motorists are urged to watch out for them and take safety precautions. (Black Press file photo).

Highway shoulders around central Alberta will be cleaned up Saturday

Motorists are urged to watch out for volunteers

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

Volunteers wearing bright orange safety vests will be collecting trash along Alberta highways between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to raise funds for their community organizations.

Motorists are advised to watch for the volunteers and to 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.

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 inclement weather, the cleanup will be held Saturday, May 8.

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