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Out & About: This year, Green Up Day is more like Green Up Weeks or Months

  • Eric Boen and his children Mada Boen, 10, left, and Merrick Boen, 9, sort the trash they found along their road in Sharon, Vt., on May 6, 2017. Helping them is River Sotak,6, who was with his father at the Sharon Town Garage that day. They were helping in the sorting of trash brought in from Green-up Day. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Jennifer Hauck

  • Chris Rimmer, of Norwich, Vt., adds goggles found in the ditch to a trash bag held by Carolyn Brennan, also of Norwich, while picking up trash and birding on Kendall Station Road in Norwich during Green Up Day on May 4, 2019. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Geoff Hansen

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/14/2021 9:23:20 PM
Modified: 4/23/2021 12:56:48 PM

The snow has melted, the mud has abated and the litter has returned. Or honestly, it never really left — it was just covered up.

That means it’s time for another beloved tradition: Green Up Day. Or more accurate this year, Green Up weeks or months. It’s when people come together — socially distanced — in their communities to pick up litter along roadsides and in parks.

Below is a list of Green Up Day events throughout the region. It is by no means an inclusive list, and people are encouraged to submit additions and updates via or 603-727-3221.

UpcomingGreen Up events

Bradford, Vt.: Pick up bags in the foyer of the Post Office on Barton Street, at the Bradford Academy in a box on the bench next to the Little Library. On Wednesday and Saturday bags may be picked up at the Bradford Recycling/Trash Depot. Bring full bags and other collectibles to the recycling depot from April 30-May 2.

Canaan: Meet at Canaan Street Beach at 9 a.m. April 24 to pick up supplies before heading out to clean up roadsides. Rain date is April 25.

Fairlee: May 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pick up bags and sign up for road sections at Fairlee Town Hall. Bags can also be dropped off at Town Hall on May 1.

Grantham: May 1, 9 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. Sign up and pick up bags beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the lower parking lot at Town Hall or South Cove Activity Center at Eastman. Find out more at

Hanover: Pick up bags from Hanover Town Hall, Etna Post Office, Mascoma Bank or RWB Community Center. Clean up neighborhoods and trails between May 1 and 15. Beginning May 1, bring bags to town trucks located at Etna Church, Hanover Center Church, Hanover High School’s front parking lot and the Ray School parking lot. For more information, visit

Hartford: Beginning April 19, residents can pick up bags outside Hartford Town Hall or the Quechee Library. Bags will also be available from 8:30 a.m.-noon at both locations. There will be no set hours. Participants are encouraged to work in small groups and practice social distancing. People can deposit bags at dumpsters from April 28-May 3 at Hartford Town Hall and the Quechee Green. Register where you plan to pick up trash at or by contacting Green-Up Day Coordinator Matt Osborn at or 802-295-3075.

Lebanon: Community Clean Up will continue through May 8. People can email to request blue trash bags and indicate which area of the city they will be cleaning up. Bring bags to the landfill at no charge and report where you cleaned up.

Lyme: May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pick up special blue bags from the Town Hall vestibule, Lyme School and Lyme Country Store. Sign up for a section of road at Bags can be returned to the town transfer station free of charge May 2 and 5. Lyme’s Day of Service takes place at the same time.

Newbury, Vt.: Pick up Green Up bags at the Newbury Town Office or the Newbury Store. Return them at the Newbury Green from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, to be disposed of in a dumpster.

Pomfret: Pick up bags at the Pomfret Town Office during normal business hours or from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1 at the Town Garage. Email or call the Town Office at 802-457-3861 for more information.

Thetford: Pick up bags, located outside the transfer station and town office in 5-gallon plastic containers, from now through May 1. Register what sections of roadways you will be taking on at Dispose of Green Up bags for free from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 1 at the dumpster across from Town Hall.

Springfield, Vt.: Bags available to pick up at the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce on April 19, 20, 23, 27, 29 and 30. Bags will also be available at the Springfield Food Co-op/People’s United Bank parking lot from 8 a.m.-noon on May 1 where volunteers will gather before heading out to clean up the community. Bring rakes, shovels and other supplies. Wear clothing to protect against ticks. For more information, call 802-885-2779   or email

Windsor: Pick up bags in front of the Windsor Fire Station from 8 a.m.-noon on May 1 and return to the municipal building by 1 p.m. Participants encouraged to sign up for a route ahead of time at 

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