After Rachel Rykes and Jordy Nelson completed their clean up around town on Earth Day, they headed out to the pullout on the east side of McBride to do some work there. They had previously noticed a build up of garbage in the ditches, and Rykes has for many years, taken time to stop and clean up areas as she has found them needing.
As they worked, a man from Valemount, Micheal, noticed them at work and stopped to offer some help. He rolled up the sleeves on his dress shirt, accepted the gloves that were offered and started to pull garbage. 
With the recent snow melt, the amount of garbage is more obvious along ditches and pullouts. The two main pullouts on either side of McBride do not have a garbage can available during the winter months as they sustain damage or worse during snow removal activities. People still feel the need to use those spots to dispose of items, leaving a mess behind, more visible when the snow melts. Each year after the snow has melted, the bins are placed back at the sites.
Rykes said the most common items were jugs from washer or DEF fluid. 
“I think they should have a return amount on them, like beer or pop cans,” she said. “We found at least 60 of them, and only about two and a half bags of empty cans.” 
Her thought is that if there was money attached to them either people wouldn’t just toss them out, or, more people would take the time to pick them up.
She would like to see others step up and help tidy areas like the pullouts, as they are sometimes the first impression people have of the community, and she doesn’t like the image that was being portrayed. /SUBMITTED