49th Green Up Day set for Saturday

"This is a little treasure," says volunteer Judy Yogman, examining a broken piece of decorative ceramic she found at Herricks Cove in Rockingham while participating in the Connecticut River Watershed Council's 13th annual Source To Sea Cleanup. The simple dolphin motif stood in stark contrast to the drink cans, food wrappers and car tires that made up the rest of the day's haul.

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BRATTLEBORO — Vermont's 49th Green Up Day is scheduled for Saturday and an extra special effort will be put on removing old tires from a wetlands on Spring Tree Road.

"We will be meeting at 8:30 a.m. at The Marina Restaurant and we will be working on this until around noon," said Kathy Urffer, the river steward for the Connecticut River Conservancy.

"I believe it will be this sort of local, collective teamwork that will be the essential catalyst in bringing about the paradigm shift necessary for societal change in order for the survival of this planet and all living plants and animals," said Terry Carter, who has been advocating for a cleanup of the area for the past couple of years.

The Connecticut River Conservancy will supply trash bags, gloves, T-shirts, tire and trash tally sheets and tarps. Volunteers are asked to bring bug spray, a water bottle, muck boots or hip or chest waders, sunscreen and extra tarps if they have any to contribute.

Green Up Day is always on the first Saturday of May. Since 1970, Vermonters have taken to the roadsides collecting trash along 13,000 miles, in what is the oldest statewide cleanup day in the country.

To learn more on how you can get involved, visit greenupvermont.org and click on "Get Involved." Each town has a Green Up volunteer town coordinator who is responsible for organizing the cleanup, distributing the traditional Green Up bags and, in many towns, celebrating community with barbecues, raffles and music. To find out who is point person in your town and how to contact them, go to greenupvermont.org/town-contact-list.

Green Up Day also makes use of a mobile app, through which people can volunteer, join or create a team, and track locations and results. The app can be downloaded for free at Google Play or the Apple Store.

Green Up Day is organized by Green Up Vermont, a nonprofit, private organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about a litter-free environment.