Around 20 volunteers armed with trash bags, heavy-duty gloves and bright orange vests picked up various garbage along the busy stretch of highway that was either left or thrown out by passing motorists.
The cleanup was organization by the South Porcupine Lions Club, which has spearheaded the effort for more than four decades. The cleanup happens twice a year; once in the summer and again in the fall.
Besides club members, students and staff from Roland Michener Secondary School also lent a hand. Kelly Cribbs, who teaches at RMSS, said only three students were able to come out to this year but they have had as many as 40 students come out to help in the past.
â€œIt is a low year but we do have students helping to get community service hours,â€ she said. â€œWe've had at least 10 people on bikes ride by while we have been cleaning. Everybody says hello and it is nice for them to have a recreation spot or a nice trail along the highway that's nice and clean for them.â€
She said she's disappointed with just how much trash is tossed and left behind along the roads.
Catherine Cribbs, who is with the Lions Club, said she gets so mad at those who litter. On average, the cleanup usually collects more than a hundred bags of garbage.
This year, Cribbs picked up a lot of water bottles and cigarette packs. She said in the past they have picked up shards of glass that were so sharp that it easily sliced through the bags.
But the weirdest item they found was a wallet that contained all of the man's cards still in them. Cribbs said when they returned it to the owner he told them that it had been stolen out of his truck.
â€œBy the time we get down here we're kind of mad,â€ she said. â€œWe've written all these letters in our heads to people who dump their garbage. It is hard to imagine how much garbage there would build up here.â€
Cribbs believes that the clean-up effort is a way for them to look after the environment.
She added that if they don't do it, no one else will.