Thousands of volunteers got their hands dirty Sunday for the 47th Annual Pathway and River Cleanup.
2,900 volunteers picked up thousands of kilograms of garbage along 200 kilometres of pathway, the river banks and in city parks.
The city says the amount of litter is increasing every year.
“Last year we did a waste audit and collected 4,000 kilograms,” explains Kym McCulley from City of Calgary Parks. “What we hope to do by the year 2025 is reduce that to about 100 kilograms.”
McCulley says there’s a possibility there may be less garbage this year because certain parts of the river were not accessible due to flood damage.
Calgarians are encouraged to visit the city’s website and pick up a TLC Kit (The Litter Cleanup Kit)
Each kit is designed for a team of 10 and contains gloves, garbage bags, hand sanitizer and instructions for the cleanup. The TLC Kit can be used anywhere in the city.