Green Up Day Vermont is set for May 5

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BRATTLEBORO — The first Saturday in May is the date for the annual Green Up Day in Vermont.

A Vermont tradition since 1970, Green Up Day is a state wide event that brings together more than 22,000 volunteers who remove litter from roadsides and public spaces.

"The fact this is a grass-roots event

really adds to the excitement," said Melanie Phelps, Green Up Vermont's state coordinator.

Robin Rieske, the Brattleboro coordinator, said there are no designated spots for this year's Green Up Day. That's part of the excitement, she said — volunteers can focus on areas that concern them the most.

"We encourage people to go to areas that aren't normally taken care of by the town," she said.

Green Up bags will be available May 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at four locations in Brattleboro — Brattleboro Subaru, the West Brattleboro Fire Station, the Brattleboro Food Co-op and at the corner of Elm and Elliot streets, in the building that housed the former Restless Rooster.

Bags will also be available at Brown and Roberts, and the chamber office on Main Street, Rieske said.

Rieske reminded volunteers who might pick up trash in advance of May 5 that the town won't be picking up those bags, and they might sit until the state's Agency of Transportation crews pick up the bags on Green Up Day.

Burton Car Wash on Putney Road will host its annual car wash in support of Green Up Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a portion of proceeds going to the event. WTSA will be hosting a live remote broadcast at Burton from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. as well.

In addition, the Valley Lions, West River Valley Thrive, and Community and Community Hope & Action will be hosting activities for the West River Valley towns in Townshend on May 5, including a pig roast from noon to 3 p.m. on the Common, prepared by Jim Westbrook of Cherry Rail Farm in Williamsville and donated by Creatin' Business Small Business Consulting. A vegetarian option will be provided.

"Next year is the Valley Lions' 50th anniversary," said incoming president, Shelly Huber. "We have a lot of new members and were are becoming more active in visible ways. Green Up Day is part of our mission to serve in our capacity for the environment."

Also new this year, Code for BTV has created an app for Green Up Day, which enables the coordination of clean-up groups and allows volunteers to pinpoint where they are working and where they are leaving full bags. To download the app for Android or iPhone, visit www.codeforbtv.org.

Vermont Coffee Company is Green Up's official coffee sponsor again this year and is providing coffee to all towns that request it for their Green Up Day event.

Bags will also be available in all the other towns in Windham County. To learn more, visit www.greenupvermont.org.

The first Green Up Day was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis. Since 1979, the non-profit organization Green Up Vermont has been responsible for carrying on the tradition of Green Up Day. The 2018 Green Up Day sponsors include Casella Waste Systems, Nokian Tires, Subaru of New England, Co-operative Insurance Companies, National Life Group Foundation, Eternity, WCAX, American Chemistry Council, Beverage Association of Vermont, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, JaniTech, Union Mutual of Vermont, UVM Health Network, VAST, VELCO, Vermont Gas, People's United Bank, The Burlington Free Press, Concept 2, New Chapter, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Ski Vermont, Skinny Pancake, Swish White River, The Alchemist, Vermont Coffee Company, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, and Washington Electric Co-op.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.

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