Vermont Celebrates 48 Years of Greening Up
Thousands of volunteers come out in their communities for a massive spring clean up of litter on Green-Up Day. It’s the largest statewide volunteer event in Vermont – and the only statewide Green Up Day in the United States. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to take part on Saturday, May 5. Many towns participate by providing the event’s signature green bags. For a list of local coordinators by county, go to greenupvermont.org. Work gloves and bug repellent are recommended. Old ski poles without baskets make great pokers to get debris out of the ditches.
In Manchester, there are two events. Join members of Manchester Riverwalk at the Friends of the Sun parking lot, 159 Depot Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to clean up along the banks of the Battenkill. Manchester Riverwalk is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build, beautify and maintain public pathways along the river and enhance public access. Or, you can come to the Manchester Community Library (MCL) at 9 a.m. Approximately 15 routes have been created for clean up of roadside litter. Kids who find blocks placed as they help can turn them in for prizes donated by local merchants. There will also be a trash sculpture contest. A hot dog roast will be held at 12 noon, sponsored by The Spiral Press Cafe and held at the MCL parking lot. Casella Waste Management will accept tires between 9 and noon only. There will be a charge of $3 for each passenger and light truck tire or $5 for large truck tires. This is half of the usual charge at the Transfer Station; checks should be made out to the Town of Manchester. (The rain date is Sunday, May 6, from 1 to 5 p.m.)
Springfield’s Green Up event will begin at 8 a.m. in the parking lot in front of People’s United Bank. Bags will also be available for pick-up at the Chamber office at 56 Main Street during the week leading up to the event. The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a thank you cook out at 12 noon.
Green-Up Day in Arlington will take place on Saturday, May 5. Sign-up begins at 8 a.m. at Fisher Elementary School. Green-Up bags will be handed out once you sign up for the area you will be working on. Collection will continue until 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments and prizes. Collected bags of trash may be brought to the school or left roadside for pick-up. Car tirew will be accepted at the school for $3 each. For more details, call Donna Squires at 802-375-6680.