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Get Ready for the Big Green Up

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Thursday April 28, 2016

The crocuses are popping up, daffodils are blooming, and the trees are budding. Spring is here and Green Up Day 2016(GUD)— Saturday, May 7 is right around the corner. Coordination for GUD by the city and the South Burlington Land Trust (SBLT) is well under way. Families, companies and volunteer groups are already signing up to join in this citywide effort to clear litter and trash that has accumulated in the natural landscape and along major streets during those dreary cold winter months.

For those of you who want to head out early Saturday morning, GUD bags are now available for pick up at the Recreation and Parks Department in City Hall at 575 Dorset Street. Bags can also be picked up on Saturday at the City Hall parking lot collection site, where volunteers will be available to help from 8 a.m. The site will be open for bringing collected trash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. As in prior years, there is no curbside pick up so all trash collected must be brought to the drop-off site.

When you do come for the drop off, plan to stay a while to enjoy the fun. This year, exhibitors include, among others, Common Roots, South Burlington Energy Committee, Bernie Paquette’s “Litter with a Story to Tell” and Susan Ely’s Orchard School 5th grade class. Free refreshments, including freshly popped popcorn, will be provided. While there, participants will be asked to note their collection area and list any unusual items found. The SBLT will award prizes for most trash collected and the most unusual item.

Whether you sign up now or on May 7, everyone is encouraged to help in cleaning up the city. Team up with your co-workers, club members, associations, or scout troops. Enjoy the camaraderie and fresh air while performing this important service to South Burlington. This year the SBLT organizers hope that both volunteer participation and the amount of trash collected will increase over previous years.

If you have questions or if your civic group would like to form a team to “green up,” please contact SBLT President Sarah Dopp at or 802-985-3581.

The South Burlington Land Trust is a local membership organization dedicated to conserving open space, agriculture, and wildlife habitat in the city of South Burlington. For more information about Green Up Day or the SBLT, please visit