Out & About: Ready, Set, Pick Up Trash: Green Up Day Is This Saturday

  • 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 permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Calendar
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

At long last, travelers on Upper Valley roads are glimpsing signs of spring, along with the not-so-welcome sight of trash that was hidden under the snowbanks all winter. That’s why the first Saturday in May is traditionally Green Up Day, a day devoted to picking up litter on roadsides. Launched in Vermont in 1970, Green Up Day now is an institution in many New Hampshire towns as well.

The latest look at the forecast shows partly sunny skies and temperatures ranging from 43 to 69 degrees, pretty nice for being outside. Be sure to keep safety in mind: Watch out for vehicles on busy streets, wear long pants and gloves, and don’t pick up anything that could cause you harm.


Green Up Day in Strafford

8 a.m.

South Strafford Park & Ride, 233 Route 132.

All trash picked up from town roadsides will be accepted free of charge. rbailey@sover.net

Green Up Day in Woodstock

8 a.m.

Woodstock Town Hall, 31 The Green.

Routes and collection bags will be distributed at 8 a.m. All collected trash should be delivered to the Woodstock Town Garage on West Woodstock Road. Call for more information. 802-457-3456.

Green Up Day in Springfield, Vt.

8 a.m.

People’s United Bank, 6 Main St.

Meet in the parking lot of People’s United Bank to sign in, pick up trash bags and plan a collection route. Regroup at the bank at noon for a cookout, hosted by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. 802-885-2779.

Green Up Day in Sharon

8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sharon town garage, Route 14.

Green Up bags are available at the Sharon Town Clerk’s Office at 69 Route 132. Collection and sorting take place at the town garage. 802-763-8268.

Green Up Day in West Fairlee

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trash/recycling depot, West Fairlee Road.

Clean up a favorite stretch of road. Bags will be accepted at the trash/recycling depot. Bags are available at the West Fairlee Town Clerk, 870 Route 113, or call for other locations. 802-333-4155.

Green Up Day in Hartford

8:30 a.m.-noon

Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge St.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers are asked to go out to designated roads and parks to clean up trash. Green Up bags are available at the Hartford Town Hall and the Quechee Library. Those unable to help on Green Up Day are encouraged to sign up for a section of road or a park and go out at their own convenience. Dumpsters for Green Up Day trash will be located at the Hartford Town Hall and on the Quechee green through May 7. Roadside trash in Green Up bags also will be accepted at the Hartford Recycling Center through May 12. For more information, visit https://www.hartford-vt.org/2382/Green-Up-Day, call 802-295-3075 or email mosborn@hartford-vt.org.

Green Up Day in Hartland

9 a.m.

Hartland Town Garage,

Meet at the town garage to pick up biodegradable trash bags and safety vests, and to coordinate clean-up routes. Free picnic lunch on the lawn at Damon Hall at 11:30 a.m. for all participants. 802-436-2444.

Green Up Day in Pomfret

9 a.m.-noon.

Pomfret town garage, 100 LaBounty Road.

Volunteers will be on-site throughout the morning with a map of roads to be cleaned up, as well as green trash bags. Recyclables should be separated out if possible. No household trash or tires will be accepted. 802-457-3861.

New Hampshire

Community Day of Service and Green Up in Lyme

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lyme Elementary School, 35 Union St.

Clean up roadsides by picking up trash and recyclables, or help out neighbors by doing odd jobs and needed tasks. Meet at Lyme School for a free community breakfast, then proceed to various locations. Visit http://cclyme.org/events/lymes-day-of-service/ for information and to sign up for a project. 603-795-0603.

Green Up Day in Charlestown

8 a.m.

Charlestown Fire Station, 1 Main St.

Starts at fire station. Food provided. 603-826-5821

Community Clean Up Day in Lebanon and West Lebanon

9 a.m.-noon.

Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. and Kilton Public Library, 80 S. Main St.

Gloves and highly visible clothing recommended. Trash bags provided. Families, community organizations and neighborhood groups welcome. Co-Sponsored by Lebanon Recreation & Parks and Lebanon Conservation Commission. 603-448-5121 or recreation@lebcity.com.

Green Up Day Celebration in Hanover

Noon-2 p.m.

Storrs Pond, 59 Oak Hill Drive.

Join neighbors at a cookout and get-together following Green Up Day activities. Green Up collection sites are Storrs Pond, Hanover High School parking lot, Costello Field in Etna and the Hanover Center Church. 603-643-0742.


Editor’s note: For more information about Green Up Day in Vermont, visit https://greenupvermont.org/. Please email additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com.