Hundreds of Edmontonians gathered at Victoria Park Sunday to clean up hundreds of bags of garbage.
About 400 people gathered for the River Valley Clean Up event held on the weekend. In the two-hour cleaning window, they collected over 300 bags of litter from Edmonton’s River Valley.
This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the event and was capped off with live music and entertainment.
Don Belanger, Program Director at Capital City Clean Up said he was happy with how the day unfolded, “We’re happy we got a lot of litter out of the valley and I think we had a really good celebration.”
There were interesting items brought out from the river valley such as tractor tires, newspaper boxes, and even what appeared to be an almost fully functional bike.
The River Valley Clean Up coincided with the last day of Edmonton’s portion of the 15 to Clean Challenge as well, which Belanger said was very successful. “We’re looking at close to 9,000 plus people getting directly involved with the program through the kits that were distributed over the last two weeks. We’ve had close to 12,000 identify they have been out cleaning which is great.”
The 15 to Clean Challenge includes nine other communities coast to coast across Canada, including Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, and Hamilton.
Belanger said there’s been a bit of friendly competition between the cities. “There was a little bit of trash talk.”
The 15 to Clean Challenge extends through May 20, although Edmonton’s contribution ended on May 17.(BM)