Green Up Day is your chance to make a difference in your community!
Started by Governor Deane Davis in 1970, Green Up Day occurs on the first Saturday of May every year. It’s a statewide event for volunteers all over Vermont to remove litter from roadsides and public spaces. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach children how to care for the environment. To participate, get Green Up bags from your town coordinator, then fill them with litter you find in public spaces. Take full bags to your town’s drop-off point and they will properly dispose of all litter. For your safety, do not pick up any needles or other hazardous materials. Instead, report them to your town coordinator. Also, remember to practice proper tick protection!
Here are some specific examples of how to participate in Green Up Day in your town. If your town isn’t listed here, check with Green Up Vermont for more information.
Bags are available at the Town Office. Leave filled bags along the roadsides for pickup. The Girl Scouts will be hosting a thank-you barbecue lunch for Green Up Day volunteers at noon at the Recreation Picnic Shelter.
Bags are available at several locations the week prior to Green Up Day, including the Burlington Electric Department, City Hall, Citizen Cider, and the Miller Center. On Green Up Day, bags will be available from 8am to 12pm at Saint Joseph’s School, the Miller Center, and Salmon Hole Park. Burlington Subaru will also have bags and will be providing refreshments to all volunteers. Leave filled bags along any major roadway for collection. Citizen Cider will offer a $4 Lake Hopper can special on May 5th to celebrate Green Up Day.
Bags will be available the at the Colchester Police Station from 8am until 12pm on Green Up Day. Full bags can be left on the roadside or returned to the distribution site at the police station. The Rotary sponsors a free hot dog roast for all volunteers at noon.
Bags are available ahead of time at the Town Clerk’s Office, the Village Office, the Brownell Library, or the Essex Junction Parks and Rec. office. On Green Up Day, pick up bags at the 5 Corners from 9am until 12pm. Bring full bags to the Town Common, the Highway Garage/Town Fire Station, or the Indian Brook Reservoir, or leave them along roadsides. As a thank-you to volunteers, hot dogs, chips, and snacks will be available at the Town of Essex Public Works yard on Sand Hill Road from 11am until 12:30pm, or as long as supplies last.
Pick up bags up to 10 days early at the Town Hall or Carpenter Carse Library. The Town Hall will also be open from 8am until 2pm on Green Up Day. When picking up bags, sign up on the map where you plan to work. Leave full bags along roadsides or bring them to the Town Garage next to CCSD Transfer Station on Green Up Day from 8am until 3:30pm. A community barbecue will be held at the Town Hall on Green Up Day from 12pm until 1pm.
Bags are available prior to Green Up Day at the Town Office. From 8am until 12pm on Green Up Day, bag distribution and sign-ups will be at Milton Rec Park on Middle Road. Bring filled bags to the town garage or leave them along roadsides. Lunch including hot dogs, chips, and beverages will be provided at the park from 12pm until 1pm on Green Up Day. The Milton Conservations Commission will be at the park pavilion from 11am until 1pm with a plant swap and information on outdoor activities. Also, there will be prizes for the most unique trash found on Green Up Day.
Green Up bags are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The town will have trucks to pick up filled bags from 10am until 3pm on Green Up Day. Trucks will be at the parking lot by the town pool, the “new” park across from Twilight, and the Town Public Works building on Route 7. When you are finished cleaning up, head over to the Middlebury Food Co-op from 12pm until 3pm for a Green Up Fest. Enjoy free food, activities, and information!
Pick up bags at City Hall on Dorset Street from the Wednesday prior up to Green Up Day. Drop off all trash at City Hall on Green Up Day from 8am until 2pm. City Hall will also host exhibits, contests, and free food on Green Up Day. They encourage you to join in the celebration as a community!
Bags are available at the South Hero Land Trust Office. You can sign up for your street or a group volunteer activity. Leave full bags on the roadside for collection. The annual thank-you barbecue will be held from 11:00am until 12:30pm at the Folsom Education and Community Center.
Bags are available prior to Green Up Day at the City Clerk’s Office and the day of at 14th Star Brewery, Food City parking lot, and Taylor Park. Leave full bags at intersections for pickup. At noon, ice cream will be provided for volunteers at Taylor Park, or at St. Paul’s Church in case of rain. You can also sign-up to be a part of the Green Up Army at 14th Star Brewery.
Starting at 8:00am on Green Up Day, meet at the Sunset Grille to pick up bags and enjoy refreshments. Full bags must be brought back to the Grill by 1:00pm. You may notify the Highway Department about any items that are too large to transport.
Bags are available starting April 30 at the Williston Planning Office. There is also a sign-up sheet and map for anyone wanting to reserve a stretch of roadside ahead of time. On Green Up Day, bags will be available at the Town Hall Annex on Williston Road from 8am until 12pm. Coffee, juice, and snacks will be provided. Leave full bags on the roadside.
On Green Up Day, pick up bags at the O’Brien Community Center on Malletts Bay Avenue between 9am and 12pm. Coffee will be provided by the Vermont Coffee Company. There will be a Myers Container receptacle in the community center parking lot to drop off full bags. The Winooski Tree Advisory Committee will also be planting a Black Gum Tree at the West Allen Street Park in recognition of Arbor Day. Participants can decorate a card at 10:15am and the tree will be planted at 10:30am.
Let’s make this a successful Green Up Day!