Thursday May 03, 2018
Spring has finally arrived and with the final snow melts, the accumulation of trash and roadside garbage is plain to see. This is perfect timing as Green Up Day is this Saturday, May 5. Once again, the South Burlington Land Trust (SBLT) is organizing the Green Up Day effort on behalf of South Burlington, working together with city staff, local businesses, and, most importantly, all the community volunteers who participate. Green Up Day “headquarters” will be set up in the parking lot at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are many ways to join the effort. Collection bags are already available for early pick-up at City Hall and will be available Saturday from 8 a.m. SBLT board volunteer Michael Mittag, Green Up Day coordinator, has been keeping a master map of areas volunteers plan to clean up. If you do not already have a place in mind, when you pick up collection bags Saturday morning, SBLT volunteers will help point you to a spot.
The City Hall parking lot is also the drop-off point for all trash collected. There is no roadside pickup.
Green Up Day can be a messy business, so volunteers are reminded to wear work or gardening gloves and appropriate footwear. After all, mud season is still here.
When you arrive to drop off trash at Green Up headquarters, don’t forget to tell the volunteers where you have been, point out your most unusual finds, and how many bags you collected, as there are prizes to be won. SBLT will award prizes for the most trash collected by one person/team and the most unusual object found.
Then stay to relax after a job well done, visit the community displays, and enjoy refreshments generously donated by area businesses. Here’s to a good spring clean in South Burlington!
The South Burlington Land Trust is a local membership organization dedicated to conserving open space, agriculture and wildlife habitat in the city of South Burlington. For more information about Green Up Day or the SBLT, visit www.sblt.org
SOURCE: Penne Tompkins, South Burlington Land Trust board member