Clean and Green

Saturday, May 4 is Green Up Day in Vermont, and eighth grader Chloe Jenkins of Chester designed the winning poster for this year’s contest. Learn more at greenupvermont.org.

Vermont will look a lot better on Monday.

Let’s face it, as soon as the snow melts, the Green Mountain State is in a sorry state, the roadsides heavily dotted with 24-ounce cans, empty milk jugs and golden arches. And that’s the not-so-nasty stuff.

Green Up Day turns 49 years old on Saturday, May 4, and, as happens the first Saturday of every May, hordes of people will take to the streets to pick up litter that other people tossed over the past year.

Vermont Gov. Deane Davis launched the first Green Up Day in 1970, closing the state’s interstates for one morning so volunteers could pick up litter. It’s since spread statewide and is still going strong.

Each town in the state receives boxes of the tell-tale green plastic garbage bags that residents and their families can pick up to canvas their local roads.

Here’s how Lamoille County towns are taking part.

Belvidere

Bags are available at the town clerk’s office. Full bags can be left along the roadside.

Green Up Day coordinator: Thad Tallman, 644-8236.

Cambridge

Bags are available at the Town of Cambridge Municipal Offices, Cambridge Village Market, Hanley’s, the Farm Store, and Village Sampler. Green Uppers are asked to leave filled bags on the side of town roads and the town crew will collect them on Monday.

Coordinator: Justin Marsh, marshvt@gmail.com.

Eden

Bags are available at the town clerk’s office; full bags should be left on the roadside for pickup. Questions: town offices, 635-2528.

Elmore

Bags can be picked up at the Elmore Store or the Elmore School; full bags can be dropped off at the town garage on Beach Road, where a dump truck will be parked. Contact the Elmore town offices at 888-2637 with questions.

Hyde Park

The owners of the newly opened restaurant Fork & Gavel, John and Jenna Decker, will have cookies and juice for Green-Up volunteers, and Healthy Lamoille Valley will be giving away free “goodies.”

Meet in front of Fork and Gavel Restaurant, on Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Green-up bags can be picked up at the town clerk’s office during business hours and until Friday at 4 p.m.

Coordinator: Ron Rodjenski, 888-2300.

Johnson

Green Up Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Village Green. Johnson gathered a few sponsors this year who have provided raffle prizes, and anybody who brings back a filled green bag will get an entry to win one of them; one entry per bag. There will also be grilled food and drinks available after 2 p.m.

Coordinator Shayne Spence says green bags are available at the Municipal Offices all week, and people can sign up for a place to green up, “or come by the Village Green at any point on Saturday to get involved.”

Coordinator: Shayne Spence, shaynewspence@gmail.com.

Morristown

Bags are available now at the Morristown offices, 43 Portland St.

Last year’s tire collection program was a success and will be offered again this year. Bring old tires to the Green-Up Day headquarters tent in the town parking lot on Pleasant Street for disposal. The cost is $5 per tire.

According to coordinator Brent Teillon (bteillon@aol.com), the town road crew helps remove tons of litter from Morristown’s roadways each year.

Stowe

As in years past, Stowe’s Green Up central is the Sunset Grille on Cape Cod Road. That’s where you can pick up bags and gloves — and fuel up on coffee and donuts from 8-9 a.m. Collaborate with others to make sure all the roads are picked clean. When done, bags can be drop off at the Sunset Grille, where a truck will be waiting to haul it all away.

Coordinator: Tom Jackman, 253-2705.

Waterville

Bags can be picked up at the town clerk’s office, and full ones should be left along the roadside, or dropped off directly across from the Waterville Church of the Nazarene. Contact the town offices at 644-8865 with questions.

Wolcott

Bags can be picked up at the following locations: Wolcott town offices, transfer station and post office, as well as the Wolcott Store and the North Wolcott Store.

Filled bags can be left on the side of the roads and the town road crew will later collect them.

Coordinator Kee Gillen (keeisme@yahoo.com) says the transfer station will be running a two-for-one special “for the enTIRE month of May for all your old tires.” This is for Wolcott residents only.

Added Gillen, “We are still looking for a couple of groups to give some Green-Up love to a couple of stretches that need extra attention.”

Green Up tips

Green Up Day can be an enjoyable experience, for adults, teens and families. But remember, you are on the side of the road — and drivers should take heed, too. Here are some tips to make the day safer.

• Dress in high-visibility colors, wear sunscreen, and don gloves, boots and long pants to avoid ticks near tall grass or brush.

• Pick a location away from traffic if you have young children along. Neighborhoods, side streets, parks, trails are safe choices with kids.

• Watch out for trash that looks unusual or dangerous. Needles are a hazard and should be disposed of in trash (not recycling) in a sealed container. Don’t handle disposal of any needles unless you have thick gloves and are completely comfortable doing so; otherwise, call your police department. Report any hazardous items.

• Trash drop-off locations will be available only on May 4. If you Green Up early, either dispose of your bags with your own trash or hang on to them to drop off on Green Up Day.

More info: greenupvermont.org.

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