PEI

Annual roadside cleanup set for May 8

The annual P.E.I. Women's Institute roadside cleanup is going ahead this spring after a one-year hiatus in giving out those well-known yellow bags due to COVID-19.

Bags of litter will be collected by Department of Transportation

Discarded masks will likely be prominent in the bags of litter collected by women's institute volunteers. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

The annual P.E.I. Women's Institute roadside cleanup is going ahead this spring after a one-year hiatus in giving out those well-known yellow bags due to COVID-19.

Last year was the first time since the cleanup began in 1973 that the provincewide campaign didn't happen in the usual way, because Access PEI sites were not able to give out the bags.

The Women's Institute did encourage people to use their own household bags on a May 24 cleanup date, however. 

This year's cleanup is scheduled for May 8.

Helen Nicholson, who is on the women's institute board, said she expects to see a lot of discarded masks.

"I live in Charlottetown and I have seen discarded masks everywhere. And it's not a nice thing to see."

Nicholson said everyone must wear gloves as they gather the garbage they find along the side of the road or in ditches.

The traditional yellow W-I bags are available through Island Waste Management and select Access P.E.I. sites starting April 26. People can also use clear bags from home.

Collections can be left at the roadside for transportation crews to pick up.

All COVID-19 health protocols will be followed.

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Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said the annual Roadside Cleanup did not happen at all last year. A version of the event did take place on May 24, with people using their own household garbage bags.
    Apr 20, 2021 9:12 AM AT

With files from Angela Walker

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