Green Up Day arrives on May 5

BENNINGTON — Green Up Day arrives on Saturday, when more than 22,000 volunteers are expected to come together to clear litter from roadsides and public spaces across the state.

An annual tradition in Vermont since 1970, Green Up Day is a grassroots event that allows volunteers to concentrate on the areas that concern them the most. Sunny skies are in the forecast for Saturday, with temperatures reaching 70 degrees.

New this year is an app that promises to help volunteers coordinate their efforts. "This is an amazing achievement for an all-volunteer project," said John Need, a Code for BTV volunteer who helped develop the app. "This project team has donated hundreds of hours of coding, designing, marketing, and management skills to produce an awesome mobile app that everyone in Vermont can use." To download the app for Android or iPhone, visit

For Green Up Day information for your town, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of local organizers, visit the Get Involved page at; bags are also available at your local Subaru dealer. Below is information provided to the Banner by organizers in Bennington County:

Arlington: Sign-up begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Fisher Elementary School Multipurpose Room. Volunteers should sign up for the area where they will be working. Green Up bags will be available at the time of sign-up. Collection will continue until 11:30 a.m. Collected bags of trash may be returned to Fisher School by 11:30 a.m., or left at roadside to be picked up. Car tires will be accepted at a $3 per tire charge. Refreshments and drawing for prizes will be at 11:30.

Bennington: Bags are available at Bennington Subaru at 527 N. Bennington Road, and can be dropped off there as well. Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. Filled bags will also be collected on the roadside. Volunteers are asked to contact the Bennington Town Office with information of where they will be working, to facilitate the collection of bags.

Manchester: Report to the Manchester Community Library parking lot at 9 a.m. The town is divided into approximately 15 routes for clean up of roadside litter. In addition, there will be some special projects at the Town Green and Recreation Area and Riverwalk. As an added attraction, the routes will be "salted" with colored blocks, which children can return for prizes. There will also be a sculpture contest, using collected trash, on the theme "Mr. Trump, Please Preserve Our Environment." Old ski poles without baskets make excellent pokers to get debris out of ditches. A noontime hot-dog roast, sponsored by the Spiral Press Cafe, will be held in the library parking lot. Tires will be accepted in the library parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon, at a charge of $3 for passenger car tires, and $5 for truck tires.

Pownal: Meet at the American Legion at 9 a.m. for coffee and donuts, then join a Green-Up work team to clean up one of the town's beautiful roads. Return to Legion between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a hot dog lunch. Come have fun and make a difference!

Shaftsbury: Green Up bags and plastic gloves can be picked up at Cole Hall between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. VTrans workers will be responsible for the collection of trash on Route 7A and Route 67. Shaftsbury volunteers should work on town roads and areas of concern. A dumpster provided by TAM Waste Management will be parked that day behind Cole Hall to drop off filled bags. The public works department will collect litter bags left at the roadside.

The 2018 Green Up Day is sponsored by Casella Waste Systems, Nokian Tires, Subaru of New England, Co-operative Insurance Companies, National Life Group Foundation, Eternity, WCAX, American Chemistry Council, Beverage Association of Vermont, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, JaniTech, Union Mutual of Vermont, UVM Health Network, VAST, VELCO, Vermont Gas, People's United Bank, The Burlington Free Press, Concept 2, New Chapter, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Ski Vermont, Skinny Pancake, Swish White River, The Alchemist, Vermont Coffee Company, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group and Washington Electric Co-op.


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