By Jennifer Murray
Special to the Observer
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Green Up Day, which began in April 1970 and continues today as a unique Vermont tradition. Green Up Day brings out thousands of volunteers throughout the state to remove litter and trash from our roadways, waterways and public places.
This year Green Up Day will occur on Saturday, May 2nd. This unique tradition helps us all practice stewardship on a local level. Green Up Day is coordinated statewide by Green Up Vermont, a private non-profit organization. Funding for this organization comes from many sources including private businesses and individuals and voluntary donations from towns and cities. The Chittenden Solid Waste District(CSWD) is pleased to support Green Up via donation of tire recycling costs and an annual donation to Green Up Vermont in the name of our member towns and cities. This year the amount donated on behalf of CSWD member towns totaled $4,050.
Folks can pick up Green-up bags and gloves from the Williston Planning and Zoning office (Town Hall Annex, ground floor, brick building beside Town Hall) between the hours of 8-4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 8-11 a.m. on the morning of the event, May 2.
Coffee, cocoa, and bagels will be available for volunteers on Saturday morning.
When volunteers pick up bags, they will be asked to reserve the street or public space they would like to be responsible for “greening up,” using a map in the Planning office
People can also call or email to reserve a location, but should still plan to pick up Green-up bags for the event, because those are the bright green bags town crews will be spotting and picking up over the weekend.
Once the bags are full, they should be properly secured and then left in a visible location along the roadside for the Town and State road crews to pick up.
We want volunteers to plan ahead, to stay safe:
Green Up Volunteers are asked to be Tick Smart! Wear long pants, avoid tall grass and check for ticks when you arrive home
Work gloves are recommended to protect against sharp objects
Team Up to Green Up — Work with partners or teams
Volunteers are also urged to practice safety along roadways, wearing bright, high-visibility clothing and closely supervising children at all times
Volunteers with small children may want to consider quiet streets with sidewalks, or a playground or park
Green Up VT is asking for our help — it now has a “Be Counted” button on its website www.greenupvermont.org, where people can self-report their participation in this event.
In 2014, 1.68 tons of trash, 0.5cy of scrap metal and 136 tires were collected by Green Up Day volunteers in Williston.
More information is available at www.greenupvermont.org or by contacting Jennifer Murray, Williston Conservation Planner and GreenUp Coordinator for Williston, at 878-6704 ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org.