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Green Up Day: How Can We Help Our Community?

Apr 21, 2022 08:27PM ● By Rose Terami

“Green Up Day” is a statewide effort in Vermont to help clean up the environment by picking up and properly disposing of trash along roadways, waterways, on sidewalks, in parks, and more. Green Up Day is always on the first Saturday of May and will land on May 7 this year. There are several ways you can be a part of Green Up Day if you are interested, and a few things to remember if you do participate.

  • Find your town details based on county here. Different towns may have different rules and ways you can be involved this Green Up Day.
  • Pick up your free Green Up supplies from your town coordinator (including trash bags).
  • If you want, download the Green Up app—it allows you to build green-up teams, keep track of where you’ve picked up trash, locate trash, and set challenges. 
  • After picking up trash in your town, report your work to your town coordinator (# volunteers, # bags of trash, and miles of road covered) to help track statewide progress.
  • Sometimes trash and waste can be dangerous. Be sure to wear gloves, tie your bags after you’re done, and don’t touch any trash that looks sharp or otherwise dangerous (ex., needles). Be cautious of traffic if picking up trash along a roadway (always work facing oncoming traffic.) To be extra safe, green up in a group or with a partner so you can help each other out if anything comes up! 
  • Even if you don’t live in Vermont, you can still help! If you have any friends from Vermont, ask them if they want to green up with you or pick up some trash near you; be sure to follow the safety precautions and dispose of it properly afterwards.

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