Green Up Vermont 2021

Jiya S., a third grader at Union Elementary, won the 2021 art contest with the above poster. 

Vermont’s 51st annual Green Up Day is this Saturday, May 1.

Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Day is a statewide initiative during which community volunteers and local businesses clean up litter from roadsides and waterways.

The annual event was started in 1970 by Governor Deane C. Davis. On April 18 of that year, an estimated 70,000 volunteers participated.

The event has only grown since then. Green Up Vermont estimates the annual spring tradition has removed a total of 24 million pounds of litter from Vermont’s roadways.

“The beauty of Green Up Day is that anybody can do it – regardless of age, where you live, race, political views – none of that matters,” Kate Alberghini, Green Up Vermont’s Executive Director, stated in a press release. “Taking care of where we get to live, work and play is something we can all make a difference in. It simply feels good to give back, at any age.”

To track your progress and find supplies download the Green Up Vermont app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Here’s how to participate in Colchester:

1.  Sign up and pick up trash bags.

Folks who are looking to begin trash pick up ahead of Green Up Day can do so by visiting the Colchester Police Department any day this week.

Bags will also be available at the police station from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A sign-up sheet is located on a table with bags outside the front entrance. Please write down the number of bags taken, number of people helping and location of trash pickup.

2.  Dress appropriately and be safe.

Green Up Vermont recommends wearing long pants, boots and gloves. Check yourself for ticks. Follow Vermont’s COVID-19 guidance by wearing a facial covering when within six-feet of other people.

Be sure to work facing oncoming traffic when picking up trash along roadways, so you can be seen by motorists.

Metal should be kept separate and placed next to, not into, the bags along with other bulky items.

3.  After greening-up, dispose of your bags.

Tie your trash bags securely closed and leave them alongside any public road where Colchester town staff and trucks can safely stop.

Don’t leave bags on the bike path or on school grounds.

Bags can also be left in the container in front of the town offices by Sunday, May 2.

Written By

Staff Writer

Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.

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