BRATTLEBORO >> Vermont's statewide Green Up Day is a rather unique tradition begun in 1970 for the sole purpose of cleaning the roadsides of Interstate 91. It has since expanded to a general clean up of roadsides, streams, vacant lots — wherever accumulated trash is an eyesore or, worse yet, an environmental hazard. It's a colossal effort, and volunteers comprising the Windham County Green Up Vermont committee have already been busy arranging meeting sites, putting up posters, making provision for refreshments for volunteers, and a myriad of other details.

To stage such an effort requires funding. To help in this regard, burton Touch Free Car Wash & Detailing, since 2006 has been holding a benefit in conjunction with WTSA radio. This year, the 11th annual benefit will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the car wash, 873 Putney Road.

Green Up trash bags will be passed out along with a selection of beverages compliments of Leader Beverage.

All proceeds from the three wash bays as well as any express detailing will be donated to the local Green Up organization. Any additional donations for Green Up Vermont will also be gratefully received.

WTSA will broadcast live from the car wash for these two hours. Integrated Solar and Brattleboro Subaru are also involved as sponsors.

The proceeds of some of the past burton Car Wash fundraisers made possible the purchase of a Green Up banner, a longtime wish of the Green Up committee. That banner is now hanging on the car wash building and will stay there until it is taken to be hung over Main Street the week before Green Up Saturday, which is May 7.


Everyone's participation, both at the benefit and on Green Up Saturday, is greatly appreciated. On May 7, volunteers in Brattleboro can meet at Brattleboro Subaru on Putney Road, Restless Rooster Cafe on Elliot Street, Brattleboro Food Co-op on Main Street, or on the West Brattleboro Green near the fire station. Official clean up hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A barbecue at Brattleboro Subaru on Putney Road will follow.