MOUNT UNIACKE: Approximately 2.75 tonnes of garbage was picked up on along the 12 kilometre stretch of Highway 1 running from Mount Uniacke to Lakelands, proving that there is a littering problem that needs to be addressed.

But first, Diverge N.S., a not-for-profit corporation pushing the importance of recycling, wants to address the 55 community members that came out to participate in this clean-up, giving Mount Uniacke the highest turnout number for the Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up program, out of any community in the province.

The clean-up took place back in May of 2016, but in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Diverge N.S., they held a Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon on Sept. 21 to properly award the outstanding efforts of participating communities.

The Mount Uniacke Clean-Up Party was awarded the largest group award, one of a possible three awards given, for their efforts in cleaning up the highway from the Irving gas station in Mount Uniacke all the way to the Rawdon Road in Lakeland.

Community members of all ages spent approximately six hours walking the sides of the highway picking up trash and recyclable items.

“I see this as the community coming together for the betterment of our community, we’ve been doing this for three years now and every year it grows bigger and bigger,” said Deputy Warden Cyril McDonald, Councillor for District 13, Mount Uniacke/Lakelands.

The Clean-Up Party group has been participating in the event since 2013, since then the number of participants has grown from 30 to 55 since the beginning.

McDonald wanted to put forward a special thanks to all who made the clean-up such a great success, including Shelley Smith, who organized and brought members together; the fire department, who provided safety for participants as they walked the highway; the businesses in the community who donated supplies; and especially Miller Waste Company, who provided dumpsters for the event.

“We really have to give a big shout out to Miller Waste Company they delivery two bins on a Friday and then they come and pick them up on a Monday, so that saves us from having to drive all the way out to George Field, which is about an hours drive,” said McDonald, ” and we would have to make probably 40 or 50 trips, we wouldn’t be able to do this without Miller Waste, let’s put it that way.”

The efforts of the group have been largely recognized by many drivers who noticed the change in the stretch’s conditions,

“We have had members of this community call the office to pass along their thanks to the group for their cleanup efforts,” said Gina Bain, Adopt-A-Highway program coordinator.

To participate in future clean-up projects, visit the Mount Uniacke Clean-Up Party Facebook page.

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Nicole Gnazdowsky
Nicole graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a degree in political science in 2014 and University of King’s College with a journalism degree in 2016. She has been with The Weekly Press since May 2016. Nicole grew up in Rothesay N.B. and now lives in Halifax. She loves her dog, Madden, and travelling.