Manitoba's Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler with 4-H members, launch the annual 4-H Highway Clean Up Campaign at the Corner of Highway 6 and the Perimeter Highway on May 25. Juliet Kadzviti/Interlake Publishing/Postmedia Network
An annual campaign to cleanup Manitoba’s highways will take place on May 26.
The province’s Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, along with 4-H members, launched this year’s 4-H Highway Clean Up Campaign at the corner of Highway 6 and the Perimeter 101 on May 25.
“Young Manitobans will be hard at work this weekend, resulting in a cleaner landscape we can all enjoy,” Eichler said. “We are proud to continue this important partnership with 4-H clubs across the province for another year and thank them for their commitment to our province.”
The campaign runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a rain date of June 2.
In a release, the province called on drivers to be cautious when driving on the highways this weekend and to watch out for 4-H clean up crews.
“Community leadership is a cornerstone of 4-H,” said Schuler. “All motorists, cyclists and ATV drivers are encouraged to use extra caution this weekend and be on the lookout for 4-H crews while they’re working.”
Each year, participating 4-H members clean up stretches of Manitoba’s highways and for each kilometre, the province pays them in support of their programs.
“Our 4-H members and leaders are proud of their community service efforts around Manitoba, including the annual highway cleanup campaign,” said Clayton Robins, executive director, Manitoba 4-H Council. “The clubs involved appreciate the Agriculture and Infrastructure departments’ ongoing support of this campaign.”
Last year, more than 400 volunteers cleaned 264 kilometres of roadsides and ditches, collecting 863 bags of trash. Recyclable bottles and cans were also delivered to appropriate locations. Participating clubs earned $6,745 to support their programs, the release said.