• Rutland County gears up for Green Up Day
    By Lucia Suarez
    STAFF WRITER | May 03,2013
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    Donna Pistocco looks at the town crier bulletin board Thursday at Nichol’s Store in Danby for more information concerning Green Up Day activities in the town.
    It’s an event that is unique to Vermont. Every year, the first Saturday in May is Green Up Day, when thousands of people armed with gloves and one-of-a-kind green bags line the streets, picking up trash.

    The purpose of the event is to promote a litter-free environment.

    “It started in 1970. It was the first of it’s kind in the nation and quite frankly, it still is,” said Melinda Vieux, president of Green Up Vermont, who sponsors the event. “We are expecting upwards of 15,000 to 20,000 people (on Saturday).”

    She added that the community spirit on display every year is pretty “amazing.”

    “It’s a really special thing,” Vieux said.

    Here is a roundup of the locations and events for this year’s Green Up Day in Rutland County:

    In Benson, volunteers can find the green trash bags at the town offices and transfer station. Bags can be left along the roadside pickup or they can be dropped off at the transfer station.

    Brandon volunteers will meet from 8 to 10 a.m. at the town park to pick up bags. Refreshments will be available. Bags should be dropped off at the transfer station.

    In Castleton, bags will be handed out starting at 10 a.m. at the Castleton Elementary School during the Truck Day event.

    Chittenden residents will be able to pick up bags at the Church of the Wildwood from 8 a.m. to noon. Coffee and donuts will be served. Full bags can be left along the roadside for pick up.

    In Clarendon, bags will be available for pick up at the town offices. Full bags can be dropped off in a Dumpster behind the town offices.

    In Danby, volunteers can pick up bags at 9 a.m. at Currier Memorial School. When they are full, the bags can be dumped at the town dump.

    Fair Haven coordinators will hand out bags from 8 a.m. to noon at the town park. Maps and suggested locations will be handed out at that time. The bags should be left on the side of the road for pick up.

    Hubbardton residents interested in participating in Green Up Day can pick up bags at the town clerk’s office and town garage. Once full, they can be dropped off at the town hall on Monument Hill.

    In Ira, volunteers will meet up at 8 a.m. and will be put to work on the flower beds near the town offices or given a road to pick up. There will be a potluck afterward.

    Killington residents who have not done so yet, can pick up bags at the town hall. Once finished, the bags should be taken to the transfer station. Starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be a barbecue behind the firehouse on Killington Road.

    Bags will be available for Mendon residents at the town clerk’s office. Once they are full, bags can be left alongside the road for pick up by the town crew on Monday.

    In Middletown Springs, residents can pick up Green Up Day bags from 8 a.m. to noon at the transfer station, where the bags can also be dropped off once they are full. Refreshments will be provided.

    Mount Holly residents interested in participating can pick up bags starting at 9 a.m. at the library. Free lunch will be available for all volunteers at noon donated by the Belmont General Store, followed by a prize drawing donated by a local business.

    Mount Tabor has Green Up Day plans but coordinators could not be reached for details.

    Pawlet residents can pick up bags at the town hall, library and post office. Full bags can be left at intersections for pick up.

    In Pittsfield, bags will be available starting at 8 a.m. at the town offices. Full bags can be dropped off at the town offices. Refreshments will be provided.

    Volunteers in Pittsford will be able to meet up at the town offices at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Omya has provided a Dumpster for the town office where full bags can be deposited throughout the day. Bags can also be taken to the transfer station. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch will be provided to volunteers.

    Poultney residents can pick up bags at the town offices and once they are full, they can be left along the road for pick up.

    In Proctor, bags will be available for pick up from 8 a.m. to noon at the library where refreshments and maps will be provided. A barbecue lunch will follow.

    In Rutland City, in conjunction with Green Up Day, the Downtown Rutland Partnership is sponsoring a clean up of the downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Volunteers will be cleaning up sidewalks, windows and facades of downtown businesses. On Saturday, volunteers can pick up Green Up Day bags at City Hall or at Kinney Subaru on Route 7 South. Refreshments will be available.

    Rutland Town residents who want to volunteer can pick up bags at the town clerk’s office or transfer station from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Full bags can be dropped off at the transfer station or left on roadsides for pick up. People are asked to contact the highway department for Monday pick up.

    In Shrewsbury, bags and route assignments will be handed out at the Town Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. on Green Up Day. Breakfast will be provided for volunteers. When bags are full, participants should take them to the town dump from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sorting.

    Sudbury residents can pick up bags at the town offices. Once full, bags can be taken to the Recycling Center where volunteers will sort them.

    In Tinmouth, a family, kid-friendly event is planned at the transfer station from 9 to 11 a.m. where bags and assignments will be handed out. Afterward, ice cream and prizes will be given to kids.

    Residents in Wallingford can pick up bags from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wallingford Rotary. Completed bags can be dropped off at the transfer station.

    Wells volunteers will meet up at 9 a.m. on Green Up Day at the Town Hall to pick up bags and assignments and enjoy some coffee and donuts. Afterward, a lunch with hot dogs and sodas will be provided at Town Hall.

    Residents in West Haven can pick up bags from Linda Garrison and then leave them on the roadside for pick up or take them to the town dump. To contact Linda Garrison, call 265-4131.

    In West Rutland, bags will be available at 9 a.m. at Town Hall, where refreshments will be provided to volunteers at noon. Bags can be left along roadsides for town pick-up.

    For more information regarding Green Up Day in other parts of the state, visit www.greenupvermont.org

    lucia.suarez@rutlandherald.com
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