Green-Up Day is only once a year, but we encourage you to continue your efforts year round to reduce roadside litter and keep our town looking Green and Beautiful!
Green Up Day is May 1. It is a statewide event coordinated by individual towns. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to help clean up in their towns by picking up litter from roadsides and public places.
All interested volunteers in Wilmington, please come to Buzzy Towne Park on South Main St. any time between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on May 1 for route assignments and special Green Up bags. Snacks and water will be available and COVID precautions will be in place.
Please wear masks, gloves, pants and long sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes. Green Up Day is held rain or shine. Elementary age students must be accompanied by adults at all times.
To arrange to get bags or select routes prior to May 1 or for any questions, please email Kathy Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school students requesting community service hours for Green Up need to mail forms to Kathy Larsen, PO Box 172, Wilmington 05363 after completing assigned routes. Please include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.
For more information on Green Up Day including plans in other towns, visit www.greenupvermont.org.
Thank you ahead of time for your help. We look forward to seeing you.
Wilmington Green Up Co-coordinators,
Kathy Larsen and Rebecca Sweeney
GREEN UP 2020 Annual Report
Vermont Green Up Day 2020 was held on May 30. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had a different look. Instead of the tradition of occurring on the first Saturday in May, it was postponed to the last Saturday.
In Wilmington, despite the pandemic, the day devoted to picking up roadside litter was still a success. We had contact-free bag distribution, social distancing was in place, and face masks and hand sanitizer were prevalent. Fifty-one people volunteered to help, filling over 100 Green Up bags as they covered nearly all of our town roads. Road Commissioner Sheldon Brassor reported that this amounted to nine yards of trash and that 11 tires were also collected.
As always, our local Green Up Day depended on teamwork. In addition to our hard-working volunteers, we had the assistance of town office employees and the highway department. There are also those who pick up litter all year along the roads where they live and along the town trails who make a significant difference. We need and appreciate each of you doing your part.
2020 was the 50th anniversary of Green Up in Vermont, an effort guided each year by greenupvermont.org. Since 1970, Green Up has played a major role in maintaining the natural beauty of our state and town.
Because we were more focused on health and safety this year, we couldn’t have our usual lunch celebration. We hope the future will eventually allow us to gather again. In the meantime, we hope everyone will increase their efforts to prevent roadside litter.
Please stay in touch. Feedback and reports of problem areas with excess litter are appreciated. Questions, suggestions and new volunteers are always welcome.
Thank you, one and all!
Wilmington Green Up co-coordinators
Link to State Green-Up Website: http://www.greenupvermont.org/
Questions? Contact Kathy Larsen at email@example.com
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