Green Up Vermont 2021

Jiya S., a third grader at Union Elementary, won the Green Up Day 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. 

In Milton, the recreation department and Conservation Commission are organizing the event. They say keeping the Milton environment clean is good for the community’s health, businesses and property values.

Here’s how to participate on Saturday in Milton:

1.  Sign up and pick up green trash bags.

Bags can be picked up in advance this week, April 26-30, from the foyer of Milton Municipal Building on Bombardier Road.

Bags will also be available the morning of the event, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 1 at the pavilion in Bombardier Park East.

Fill out the sign-up sheet with your name and be sure to indicate on the map the area you are planning to cover. 

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.

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

Tie your trash bags securely closed and bring them to the Milton Town Garage on Ice House Road. You can also leave them along the roadside for the Milton Highway Department to collect.

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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