September 26, 2017

Williston greens up

Dressed for the weather, Betsy Ezerman greens-up on Mountain View Road

Dressed for the weather, Betsy Ezerman greens-up on Mountain View Road

Williston Green Up Day 06May17-14

Candace Pratt uses her "unapproved bag" to clean up Old Creamery Road on Vermont's Green Up Day 2017.

Candace Pratt uses her “unapproved bag” to clean up Old Creamery Road on Vermont’s Green Up Day 2017.

Sister and brother Heleigh and Jeff Bostwick, along with Heleigh's daughter, Lauren, collect trash on Oak Hill Road during Vermont's Green Up Day 2017.

Sister and brother Heleigh and Jeff Bostwick, along with Heleigh’s daughter, Lauren, collect trash on Oak Hill Road during Vermont’s Green Up Day 2017.

Residents took to Williston roadsides on Saturday, May 6 for the 47th annual Green Up Day. They collected 1.85 tons of trash—eclipsing last year’s total of 1.2 tons, according to Williston Conservation Planner Melinda Scott.

Scott said 375 people took part in this year’s event.

Green Up Day, always held the first Saturday in May, brings out approximately 22,000 volunteers statewide. Melinda Vieux, president of Green Up Vermont, said it’s too early to have statewide figures for the amount of trash collected. However, she said last year’s figures from Chittenden Solid Waste District show a steep decline over 10 years in the amount of garbage picked up on Green Up Day—halved from 40 tons to 20 tons. Since the number of volunteers continues to climb each year, that means there is less trash being thrown on the roadsides, Vieux said.

“However, we still have too much in my and others’ point of view,” she said.

—Stephanie Choate,
Observer correspondent

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