Green Up Day Saturday in Vermont

R esidents of Vermont will work together this weekened to spruce up the Green Mountain State
The annual Vermont Green Up Day will be held this Saturday and Vermonters will help clean their communities.
Community members from all Vermont towns are encouraged to come out and help clear the 15,793 miles of town roads of debris while VTrans workers will take care of the 2,707 miles of state highway.
“Green Up Day is a great tradition to make the world cleaner; hopefully one day there will be no more littering and everyone can throw away their trash responsibly,” according to greenupvermont.org.
Along with helping out their local communities, free lunch and trash bags are given to participants who come out and help at some locations.
In Fair Haven, bags will be distributed at the north end of the town green from 8 a.m. to noon and the bags can be left along the roadside for pickup.
Wells is encouraging everyone to come out and meet at town hall at 9 a.m. for bag, coffee and donuts. After picking up, residents are encouraged to come back to town hall for hot dogs and drinks.
In Pawlet, bags can be picked up at the town hall, library, stores and the post office. It’s encouraged that residents leaving bags out for pickup do so at intersections.
Middletown Springs will be giving out bags from 8 a.m. to noon on the town green and will have refreshments available. Everyone should bring their bags to the transfer station for drop-off.
In Benson, bags are available in the two stores, the town office and the transfer station. Bags left on the side of the road will be picked up by the town crew.
Both Castleton and Poultney will have bags available at their respective town clerk’s offices.
Vermont was the first state to designate a day to clean up the entire state.
The first Green Up Day was on April 18, 1970. The idea came from Robert S. Babcock, Jr., then a full time reporter for the Burlington Free Press. It had its genesis on a clear spring day in March 1969 when Babcock, driving to work in Montpelier from his home in Waterbury, became appalled at the devastation caused by spring snow run-off and the unsightly litter thus revealed.
He lobbied Gov. Deane Davis to create a state-wide clean up effort.
In the first year, 4,000ruck loads were reported hauled by the Highway Department comprising over 20,000 cubic yards of trash removed from the Interstate and other state roads, and another 20,000 cubic yards, or more, were removed from town roads.
The event has only grown since.
Funding for Green Up comes primarily from private businesses and individuals through charitable contributions. As well, Vermont’s towns and the State provide a portion of funding support.
For more information on the Green up day, contact your local town clerk or visit greenupvermont.org.

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