Prizes are awarded for the most unusual items picked up during Green Up Day.

Join Your Community For Green Up Day May 3

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Thursday April 24, 2014

The first Green Up Day in 1970- 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 percent of the 2,400 miles of interstate and other State roads and 75 percent of the 8,300 miles of town roads in Vermont were trash-free.

Once again, South Burlington will be one of many communities around Vermont participating in the Saturday May 3 statewide spring clean up, known as Green Up Day!  

This year there are many volunteer forces coming together to make this the best Green Up Day ever! Community volunteer Bernie Paquette, The Other Paper’s Green and Clean contributor (and anti-litter guru), and members of the South Burlington Land Trust (SBLT) are coordinating Green Up Day efforts with the city, local businesses and other community groups. 

In South Burlington, during Green Up Day 2013, volunteer teams, individuals and businesses collected 5.48 tons of trash - .67 tons of tires, 2.53 tons of trash and 2.28 tons of metal- hard to imagine! South Burlington has established a great record over the past decade that we want to keep growing.

After a full year of litter build-up, there are many areas that need to be cleaned. A strong turnout is a must. Volunteers are already signing up - please join them.  
The work of many individuals, small groups, and organizations can yield big results. Kathy Davis, a longtime South Burlington resident, notes that she has been participating in Green Up Day ever since it began, and  in recent years she and her neighbors  have concentrated on picking up along their street. You too can find friends in your class, club, neighborhood, scout troop or business and make the commitment to enjoy a few hours out in the fresh air, making South Burlington even more beautiful. 

The Vermontivate Team SB is encouraging its members to come out too and will be one of the exhibitors at City Hall, sharing information about the many ways we can be helping to clean up our environment- not just on Green Up Day but throughout the year.

Green Up Day bags are currently available for early pick-up at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street, and will be available on Green Up Day from 8 a.m. in the City Hall parking lot. This is also the drop-off point for ALL trash collected. A large city map will be available on site to record the areas cleaned up! Volunteers will be there to help you unload and sort whatever you have collected. Trash will be accepted until 2 p.m. There is no roadside pickup.

If you have questions or want to sign up for a location before Saturday, May 3, please contact Bernie Paquette at with an email with your name and the names of others in your group, the team you are joining, and locations you will clean up on Green Up Day.  

This is the 9th year that the SBLT has worked behind the scenes to galvanize community efforts in organizing Green Up Day. You may also contact Sophie Quest at 238-4927 or, she is the Green up Day coordinator for South Burlington and serves on the SBLT board.