Interact Club Green Up

Students in Milton High School's Interact Club pick up trash from the school grounds for Green Up Day 2021.

MILTON — Community members turned out in full force on May 1 for Green Up Day 2021.

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 Gov. Deane C. Davis. On April 18 of that year, an estimated 70,000 volunteers participated.

Judy Kinner, the longtime Milton Conservation Commission member who helps coordinate the event in town, said nearly 100 community volunteers collected more trash in 2021 in Milton than in the previous 15 years.

In Chittenden County, only Burlington and Colchester collected more trash than Milton.

Here are the results:

3.22

The tons of waste volunteers picked up from Milton’s roads and waterways. 3.22 tons equals approximately 6,440 pounds.

416

The number of tires volunteers collected on Green Up Day in Milton.

41.5

The total tons of trash collected in Chittenden County. All 18 Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) member communities participated in the event.

2,631

The number of tires removed from roadsides in Chittenden County on May 1. CSWD had not recorded over 30 tons collected since 2015.

500

The number of bags the Milton Conservation Commission plans to order next year, to meet the increased demand.

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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