Held on the first Saturday in May since 1970, Green Up Day is the largest state-wide volunteer event in Vermont. According to over 22,000 volunteers at last year’s event used more that 56,000 of the signature green bags to collect up to 300 tons of trash along roadsides throughout the state. Celebrate spring, community and a litter-free state by joining family, friends and neighbors to help keep your community clean and green. Be sure to wear work gloves, bug repellent and sunscreen. If you can, wear white or bright colors for visibility. Rakes, shovels, brooms and other tools might come in handy. You can visit the website for a list by county of participating towns, but we’ve assembled a few local events here.

ARLINGTON: Sign up begins at 8 a.m. at Fisher Elementary School. Volunteers should sign up for the area where they will be working. Bags will be available. Return bags of trash to the School by 11:30 a.m., or leave at the roadside for pick-up. Car tires will be accepted at $3 each. There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. For more information call Donna Squires at 802-375-6680.

BENNINGTON: Bag pick-up and drop-off will take place at Benington Subaru, located at 527 North Bennington Road. Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers.

DANBY: Check in at the Farm Stand at Smokey House Center, take a bag or two, note where you’ll be collecting litter and leave the filled bags roadside by 3 p.m. Contact Jesse Pyles for details at 802-293-2300.

DORSET: Bags will be available at the Town Clerk’s office. Leave bags of trash along roadsides for pick-up.

PERU: Pick up bags Tuesday or Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Peru Town Center. Contact the Town Clerk for assignments at 802-824-3065 or [email protected] Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Drop off in is the Town Center parking lot.

MANCHESTER: Meet in the morning at VFW Post 6471, 280 Depot Street for bags and assignments. Leave bags on roadsides for pick-up. Call Bill Drunsic at 802-362-1513 for further details.

MANCHESTER RIVERWALK: Meet in the parking lot at at Friends of the Sun,159 Depot Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to clean up along the banks of the Battenkill and the surrounding area. Bags will be provided.

PAWLET: Bags are distributed through Mettawee Community School and the Town Clerk’s office; extra bags will be left on Town Clerk porch that morning. Leave bags at intersections to be collected by the Town Highway Department or bring to the Town Shed. Visit for more information.

RUPERT & WEST RUPERT: Meet at the firehouse located on Route 153 at 9 a.m. Assignments are given out. Filled bags must be returned to the firehouse and loaded onto the town dump truck. Contact Kim Perkins at 802-394-7848 or [email protected] for more information.

SANDGATE: Bags will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office the week prior. Leave filled bags on roadsides for pick-up.

TINMOUTH: The event starts and finishes at the transfer station, and goes from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. They serve coffee at the beginning and conclude with free ice cream and a gala awards ceremony. Contact Doug Fontein at 802-446-2928 with questions.

WELLS: Meet at the Town Hall at 9 a.m. for bags. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Leave bags along roadsides for pick-up, and come back to the Town Hall at 12 noon for hot dogs and drinks.

WEST RUTLAND MARSH: Join Rutland County Audubon and other community volunteers at the West Rutland Town Hall at 9 am. Bags will be provided.