2500 volunteers chip in for 51st annual Pathway and River Cleanup

Today, Sunday May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, over 2,500 registered volunteers will work collectively to clean up garbage from Calgary’s green spaces, parks, pathways and river banks. The annual Pathway and River Cleanup provides an opportunity for all Calgarians to contribute to the environmental sustainability of Calgary’s natural habitat. It also serves as a great reminder of the importance of making sure waste makes it to the appropriate organic, recycling or trash bin year around.

“The Pathway and River Cleanup is an important spring event. It brings thousands of people together to care for the environment, removing litter to clean our green spaces and water,” says Kirsten Pilger, Volunteer Supervisor with Calgary Parks. “My hope is that we collect less waste every year as more people work to keep Calgary clean year-round.”

This year, volunteers signed up from a variety of organizations. For many, the cleanup has become an annual tradition among friends and coworkers.

“ConocoPhillips is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the annual Pathway and River Cleanup,” says Evelyn Ferchuk, Director of Communications and Community Investment. “Environmental sustainability and stewardship is important to us. Myself, and all of our ConocoPhillips volunteers, are pleased to work together with our fellow Calgarians to keep our city clean and beautiful.”

The City would like to thank our hard-working volunteers and our presenting sponsor ConocoPhillips Canada for supporting this year’s cleanup.

Although signup for this event closed in early April, Calgarians wishing to hold their own neighbourhood cleanup can pick up The Litter Cleanup (TLC) kits, which are equipped with free cleanup supplies for 10 people. Visit for more information.

See live updates and photos from today’s event by searching #yyccleans.

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