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REPORTING · 23rd April 2015
Walter McFarlane
A group of concerned residents, led by Sandra Jackson, took some time out of their weekend to improve the entrance to Kitimat by cleaning up the garbage on the side of the highway. Around 20 people showed up to help.

“This is kind of a community get together to pick up the trash on the sides of the highways,” said Jackson. “[The trash] is bad. It’s so bad, you don’t see anything else. You don’t see the scenery, you don’t see the beautiful trees, you don’t see the mountains, you see the garbage, everywhere.”

She expressed she looked for a group which was involved with the roadside cleanup on Facebook but could not find one. She decided to do it herself and invite anyone who wanted to come along.

Jackson told us she sees it every day, as she drives people to Kitimat.

“It embarrasses me,” she explained. “When there is garbage everywhere and I’m telling them how beautiful Kitimat is and how happy I am to live here and we’re pulling into town, I’m embarrassed.”

What treasures did they find? Some of the stranger items included a couch, a satellite dish, a blue suitcase and a pair of panties.

Unfortunately, despite collecting 79 bags of garbage, the group was only able to get about a third of the highway area which they had selected done. They will be going out again this weekend to collect more trash.

At the beginning of Council on Monday, April 20th, Mayor Phil Germuth thanked Jackson and the rest of the volunteers for coming out and helping out with the garbage collection.

“Thanks for a job well done,” said Germuth.
Road side clean up
Comment by Bill Kearley on 24th April 2015
Thank you very much for all the hard work. That should be the job of the local maintenance contractor !!
In some areas of B. C., untarped loads arriving at a land fill get an automatic fine
Roadside beautification
Comment by Cem on 24th April 2015
Well done and what an improvement.
A big thankyou to all the volunteers.