Volunteers answered the call to action to do some spring cleaning in South Burlington during the statewide Green Up Day Saturday, May 7.  Pictured: Vermont Gas employees joined thousands of Vermonters to pitch in and pick up trash as part of Green Up Day

Clean Sweep of the City: Green Up Day Re-Cap

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Thursday June 02, 2016

Green Up Day 2016 was sunny and comfortably warm and at least 175 South Burlington residents were encouraged to “hit the roads” and hidden corners to pick up trash.

Clean Green donated two dumpsters, which filled with green bags throughout the weekend. A large quantity of metal, wood, and tires was collected separately in trucks from the Department of Public Works(DPW). The total trash pickup was 1.7 tons, three times last year’s total. Also collected were 480 pounds of wood and 137 tires. The scrap metal, which totaled 2,940 pounds, can be sold by DPW.

The South Burlington Land Trust sponsored their annual contest for “The Most Trash” collected and “The Most Unusual Item” found. The first prize for most trash went again this year to GE volunteers, second prize to Glenn and Marga Sproul and Barbara Walters, and the third prize to Dave Martin and Lucie Holcomb. Chris Shaw and the South Burlington Democrats won first place for the most unusual item, which was an institutional carpet cleaner. Second place in this category went to W. Piper for finding a “Speed Limit 35” sign on its pole, and third place to Leo Nadeau who found a cow crossing warning light on its pole (and a smiley face mega-Frisbee). Runners up were John Buechler who found a perfect crow skull and a group of enthusiastic young ladies (Tess Fontana, CeCe and Sophie Deagman, Beatrice and Phoebe Fogarty) who found a charming Felix the Cat sand pail, among other items.

Green Up Day’s designated drop-off site, South Burlington City Hall, also hosted exhibits by South Burlington Planning and Zoning, which featured City Center plans with project director Ilona Blanchard, the South Burlington Energy Committee, Common Roots, Bernie Paquette’s Litter with a Story to Tell, and the SBLT, whose many volunteers organized the day and made it happen.
Kudos go to Todd Gregory from DPW who was there all day, as well as Dave Wheeler and Maddy Brumberg. Leo Nadeau traveled around the city with his trailer to bring back bulky and heavy items that participants couldn’t manage. He was still helping on Sunday when items were discovered abandoned along the roadside. Food and prizes, obtained by Barbara Bull, were donated by the city and generous local businesses. Susie Ely’s fifth grade artists at Orchard School raised excitement in the weeks ahead of the event with their colorful and imaginative posters displayed inside City Hall.

According to SBLT President Sarah Dopp, “We all were winners on Green Up Day, for we can now enjoy a tidy city for a while. Remember, every day is Green Up Day, so if you see some trash, please pick it up and dispose of it properly. Don’t wait till next year!”

SOURCE: Sarah L. Dopp, SB GUD Coordinator