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The 2020 Pathway and River Cleanup is on Sunday May 3rd.

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Pathway and River cleanup

The 2020 Pathway and River Cleanup is on Sunday May 3rd.

The Pathway and River Cleanup is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May. During the cleanup, thousands of registered volunteers help remove litter in Calgary’s parks and along our city’s pathways and river banks.

The 2020 annual Pathway and River Cleanup is on Sunday, May 3. 
Registration is now open!​

However, you can join the conversation on cleanup day by using #yyccleans on social media. You can also organize your own community cleanup in your area. The City will provide free The Litter Cleanup (TLC) Kits​ to help you do it.


Event information

The Pathway and River Cleanup takes place in May each year with the help of thousands of registered volunteers.

Prior to the event, volunteer groups are encouraged to register, identifying a designated leader and a d​esignated cleanup area. Any registered volunteers without a group will be assigned to a City of Calgary team at one of three designated parks.​During the cleanup, volunteers remove the litter within their assigned location. The litter is collected in bags and placed beside pathways or in City garbage bins. City staff pick up the bags and transport them to a designated dump site where they are properly disposed of by Waste & Recycling Serv​ices​.

If you notice garbage bags that have not been picked up, please contact 311.



Stay connected

For Pathway and River Cleanup updates or to see event photos shared by our volunteers, follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or search #yyccleans.

Pathway and River Cleanup History

The Pathway and River Cleanup began in 1967 when 12-year-old Sandra Crawford was walking alongside the Elbow River. During her stroll, she noticed a mattress lying in the water. She tried to remove it, but was not able to pull it out on her own. Instead of leaving the mattress for someone else to remove, she saw it as an opportunity to take action. She wrote a letter to the Calgary Herald about the debris which led to what has since been declared as the first Pathway and River Cleanup. If you have any questions about the Pathway and River Cleanup, please contact 311​.


For additional information Contact Parks​​


Second annual Pathway Clenup, 1968. Photo credit: Glenbow Archives NA-621h-10
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