Each April, following the end of ski season and as the spring melt gets under way, trash and debris emerges from under all the layers of snow.
The Community Pride Highway Cleanup, a project of the Eagle River Watershed Council, is this valley’s way of sprucing up for residents and visitors alike. The cleanup, presented by Vail Resorts Echo, has become the state’s largest highway cleanup day.
This year, the 14th annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 950 volunteers will join this annual rite of spring to pick up litter from more than 140 miles of Eagle County roadways including Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 6 and Colorado Highway 131.I-70. Local businesses, organizations, families and friends form teams, each responsible for cleaning up a one- to two-mile stretch of road.
After a morning of hard work, volunteers and their families are invited to a free thank you BBQ at the Broken Arrow Restaurant from noon to 2 pm. The party will feature live music, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing, a raffle and delicious food prepared by the Arrowhead Alpine Club. The highlight of the party is the Golden Toilet Seat Award given to the team that collects the most bizarre piece of trash.
Last year, volunteers removed 12 tons of trash from our roadways. For this year’s 14th annual cleanup, the goal is to pick up all the trash and hope that it is less than ever before.
Cleanup organizers are always looking for more volunteers for this communitywide event. Call 970-827-5406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to become a team leader or to join an existing team.
The Highway Cleanup is made possible by presenting sponsor Vail Resorts Echo, as well as Vail Honeywagon, Colorado Department of Transportation, Eagle County, Vail Rotary, FirstBank, the towns of Vail and Gypsum, Eagle-Vail Metro Distric, Copy Copy, Arrowhead Alpine Club, Eagle River Foundation, Eagle Ranch Association, Slifer, Smith & Frampton, Zastrow Dentistry, Collett Enterprises, Crazy Mountain Brewing, Moe’s Original BBQ, Loaded Joe’s and media partners the Vail Daily, TV 8, KZYR, the Mile and NRC Broadcasting.