Volunteers needed for highway cleanup | VailDaily.com

Volunteers needed for highway cleanup

Matt Terrell

===========================To Volunteer:Call Sue Mott at 970-926-3956 or email volunteer@eagleriverwatershedcouncil.org

==============================VAIL – It’s quite a sight – more than 60 miles of day-glow orange garbage bags lining I-70.It’s even more of a sight when you realize how much trash is in them.Volunteers are needed for the Community Pride Highway Clean this Saturday. Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers picked up more than 45,000 pounds of litter, and more than 3,500 bags lined the highways, organizer Joe Macy said.

“There is trash everywhere along the highways,” Macy said. “It’s just so extensive. The towns make an effort to clean up trash, and the rest of it, well CDOT (The Colorado Department of Transportation) Just doesn’t have the time to do it all.”Volunteers will pick up trash from 9 a.m. to noon. A team of 10 people usually covers a one mile stretch of road, gathering 20 to 40 bags of litter along the way. Segments are pre-assigned so that every mile of interstate and highway from Red Cliff to Gypsum and Vail to Dotsero are covered.”We had enough teams to cover 120 miles of highway and interstate across the entire watershed,” Macy said.After the pickup, volunteers are invited to enjoy a barbecue at the 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott from noon to 2 p.m.”We’ll have a nice party and feed everyone hot dogs and hamburgers,” Macy said. “It’s at the end of April, and it’s good weather usually.”

The cleanup has been going on for 10 years, Macy said.Staff writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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