Green Up Day Challenge 2012

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Thursday April 26, 2012

South Burlington will again be participating in the Statewide Spring Cleanup called Green Up Day on Saturday, May 5, from 8 am until 3 pm. As many volunteers as possible are needed to ensure a big success. South Burlington has established a great record over the past decade. Last year we collected 6.1 tons of trash (an increase of 3.6 tons over 2010). We gathered up 46 tires and 2.5 tons of scrap metal. We beat out all other communities in the county in the total trash tons collected. Let’s see if we can top that in 2012.

The first Green Up Day in 1970, which was the brainchild of South Burlington resident Bob Babcock, saw 70,000 Vermonters fill over 4,000 truckloads of trash. The Interstate was closed for 3 hours and then Governor Deane Davis oversaw the enterprise from a helicopter. At the end of that day, 95% of the 2,400 miles of interstate and other state roads and 75% of the 8,300 miles of town roads in Vermont were trash-free.

This is the 8th time that the South Burlington Land Trust has been involved in organizing Green Up Day and the 2nd year the SBLT is managing the effort. Planning and Zoning staff will be on hand to help that day and the Stormwater Utility staff have been identifying sites in special need of a face-lift. After a full year of litter build-up, there are many areas that need to be cleaned. A strong turnout is a must. People are already getting engaged, so find friends in your class, club, neighborhood association, church, scout troop or business and enjoy a day out in the fresh air.

To participate, contact SBLT Board Member Tricia King at, and sign up for a location. She will be keeping a master map to ensure comprehensive coverage of the City.  Please notify Tricia of trouble spots needing greening up, even if you can’t personally take care of them. We’ll try to assign them to others. Bags are now available at the Municipal Building at 575 Dorset Street and will also be available at the drop-off point in the parking lot next to the building on the day itself. Drop-off of trash will only be at this location. There is no roadside pickup.

On Green Up Day you can also enjoy the free food at this site while it lasts. There will be green living exhibits from local organizations and prizes given by the SBLT in two categories, Most Trash Collected by one person/team and Most Unusual Object Found. It’s always a lot of fun, so come out to clean up your City and enjoy the outdoors with others from the community. We can top last year’s records with everyone’s help.

The South Burlington Land Trust is a local membership organization dedicated to conserving open space, agriculture and wildlife habitat in our City. In 2011 the SBLT received the first Green Mountain Environmental Award for Courage in Leadership sponsored by the Burlington Free Press and ECHO. You can join this dynamic group by calling Sarah Dopp at 985-3581.

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