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Women’s Institute Roadside Cleanup set for May 23 across P.E.I.

COVID-19 measures mean the roughly 300 community cleanup events held by Clean St. John’s every spring are now suspended. -123RF stock photo
The annual Women’s Institute Roadside Cleanup has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 23. - Contributed

The annual Women’s Institute Roadside Cleanup has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 23.

The provincial board and its over 70 branches invite families, friends and individuals to once again collect litter from roadsides, as people have been doing together for well over four decades. 

During collections, participants must practise physical distancing and follow current Chief Public Health Office guidelines.  

There is no need to register, and PEIWI and branches welcome participation from all Islanders to clean roadsides across P.E.I. on May 23. Participants can choose their locations, and collected bags of litter can be left along roads for pickup.   

Helen Nicholson, provincial PEIWI board member and convener for environment, invites Islanders to choose locations close to home and/or along areas where greater accumulation of litter has taken place. To ensure safety, Nicholson reminds everyone “to please use appropriate safety gear such as gloves, glasses and bright clothing on your chosen routes”.   

Traditional WI bags are not available due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) for this year. The WI does encourage members of the public to use personal clear bags. Former WI bags from previous years can also be used.   

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