Get out, get the app and Green Up

About 400 Williston residents collected nearly 2 tons of trash during last year’s Green Up Day. This year’s event is set for Saturday, May 5. Observer courtesy photo

Green Up Day in Vermont, a tradition on the first Saturday in May since 1970, is set for May 5. The event attracts thousands of volunteers to come together and remove litter from roadsides and public spaces.

Williston’s planning and zoning office organizes the town’s participation. Volunteers can come to the Town Hall Annex, 7878 Williston Road, between 8 a.m. and noon on May 5 to pick up trash bags and choose an area to clean. Coffee, juice and snacks will be provided.

Bags are available for pickup at the Williston Planning Office starting April 30. A signup sheet and map is available for anyone wishing to reserve a stretch of roadside ahead of time.

Last year, about 400 residents, business groups and scout troops collected nearly 2 tons of trash and 10 discarded tires in Williston.

Trash collected on Green Up Day can be left on the roadside for pickup by Williston highway crews, who will bring the bags to the Chittenden Solid Waste District. Call Williston Conservation Planner Melinda Scott at 878-6704 for more information.

Green Up Vermont distributes about 55,000 Green Up trash bags throughout the state and works with local volunteer town coordinators to organize groups in different towns and cities throughout the state.

This year’s Green Up Day comes with a newly released Green Up Day mobile app, created by volunteers at Code for BTV, who donate their time to create apps for nonprofits.

The app helps groups of friends or coworkers coordinate group clean-ups. It also enables users to pin where they are dropping their full Green Up bags, and to see where bags have already been dropped.

“This is an amazing achievement for an all-volunteer project,” said John Need, a Code for BTV volunteer. “This project team has donated hundreds of hours of coding, designing, marketing and management skills to produce an awesome mobile app that everyone in Vermont can use.”

To download the Android or IPhone version of the app, go