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 2021 Annual Report
Vermont’s Green Up Day is traditionally held the first Saturday in May and celebrated at the town level. This year Green Up was May 1. Despite the continuing pandemic, the day devoted to picking up roadside litter was a success for us. 71 people volunteered. Face masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer kept us all safe.
Wilmington’s volunteers filled over 200 Green Up bags as they covered nearly all of our town roads. A few public parking lots and riverbanks also received the Green Up treatment this year. There was also a major effort in Searsburg by some of the new residents there. No one had ever done Green Up in Searsburg so we were glad to welcome them.
As always, the success of our local Green Up Day depended on teamwork. In addition to our hard-working volunteers, we had the assistance of town office employees to help us prepare. The town and state highway departments picked up all the full trash bags as well as some tires and larger objects that were found. There are also those volunteers who pick up litter all year along the roads where they live and along the town trails as they hike. They make a significant difference. We need and appreciate everyone doing their part. Since 1970, Green Up has played a major role in maintaining the natural beauty of our town.
Because we were still focused on safety this year, we couldn’t have our usual lunch celebration. Local donations did allow us to offer a few goodies. 1a Coffee Roasters gave away free coffee and Shaws contributed water and snacks. The Deerfield Valley News provided publicity. Many thanks to all of them for their support of Green Up
Green Up 2022 will be on May 7. We hope to see you then. In the meantime, we hope everyone will continue their efforts to prevent roadside litter.
Feel free to contact us. Feedback and reports of problem areas with excess litter are appreciated. Questions, suggestions and new volunteers are always welcome locally. For more information about the state organization, go to greenupvermont.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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