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Vail Valley’s I-70 cleanup is Saturday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –The Vail Valley’s annual Interstate 70 cleanup takes place Saturday, after being postponed from last weekend because of snow.

About 800 people are scheduled to participate in the trash hunt. The cleanup will target Interstate 70 from East Vail to Dotsero, along with stretches of Highways 6, 24 and 131.

“Our valley depends on tourism,” said Melissa Macdonald, of the Eagle River Watershed Council, which organizes the event. “You want to come and see a pristine mountain town and beautiful valley. We don’t want people to come here and see trash.”

Now in its 11th year, the Community Pride Highway Cleanup takes some serious litter off the streets. Last year, participants collected 48,000 pounds of trash.

This year team leaders had to watch a safety video about what to do if they find discarded remains of meth labs. If teams find what look like big tanks with greenish crusts, they’re supposed to call police.

Litter collects on the highway for several reasons, Macdonald said. For example, people who pull over during highway closures may throw litter out the window while they’re waiting for the road to reopen, she said.

This year 80 teams are scheduled to scour the highways for trash.

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