Eagle County highway cleanup is May 7 | VailDaily.com

Eagle County highway cleanup is May 7

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Eagle River Watershed Council and Vail Resorts Echo will host the 12th annual Community Pride Highway Clean Up on May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed to remove trash in teams from 121 miles of the valley’s main roads. In 2010, nearly 800 individuals collected more than 44,000 pounds of waste.

“There is a strong sense of camaraderie and accomplishment when everyone sees those orange bags along the road,” said Joe Macy, of the Eagle River Watershed Council. “It sounds corny, but it’s fun to be part of something so big and so badly needed.”

Volunteers will bag trash from 9 a.m. to noon, and join an after-party hosted by Vail Resorts Echo and the Arrowhead Alpine Club at Broken Arrow Restaurant. The after-party will include live music, beer and barbecue.

Volunteers are needed to assemble or join teams from Vail Pass and Red Cliff to Dotsero. Teams can request an assignment in a general area, but many teams “own” their section of the highway, having cleaned it for 10 or more years. To receive a section of a highway, team leaders must sign up in advance.

“Volunteer teams are the heart of our success,” said Sue Mott, the event’s volunteer coordinator. “They enlist friends, family and co-workers for their groups.”

Team leaders must attend one of two kickoff meetings (April 26 in Avon and April 28 in Eagle) to obtain their teams’ orange vests and bags and receive a safety presentation from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Families with children under 12 are assigned to kid-friendly areas, away from the interstate or highways.

To volunteer with the Community Pride Highway Clean Up, call Sue Mott, volunteer coordinator, at 970-926-3956, or send an email to the Eagle River Watershed Council at hwycleanup@erwc.org.

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