Vermont is gearing up for its 49th Green up Day this Saturday.
It’s one of the oldest statewide cleanup days in the nation.
Every year thousands of Vermonters come together to Green up Vermont. In 2018, more than 240 towns participated.
“We had over 24,000 volunteers, over 225,000 tons of garbage was collected,” said Sue Killoran, Interim Green up Vermont Executive Director.
The annual event began in 1970 under Governor Deane Davis with more than 77,000 volunteers pitching in.
“He shut down the interstate in order to do it, the federal government frowned on that a bit so it hasn’t been done since,” recalled Gov. Phil Scott, R- Vermont.
In an effort to modernize the event and increase those numbers, organizers this year are rolling out a new app. On it you can find where to pick up all the materials you’ll need for green up, and trash drop-off locations. You can also create and join teams of volunteers focusing on a specific area.
“We’re going to kind of claim the whole street, we’re going to work on that street,” said Nick Floersch, Code for BTV.
The app will also collect data, which should help green up day become more efficient.
“They can kind of a heat map, ok there was a lot of teams over here, there weren’t really any here, we can improve our outreach to get green up ramped up where there were not very many teams,” said Floersch.
Scott welcomed this year’s winners of the green up poster art design contest to the Statehouse Thursday. He’s hoping the artwork encourages Vermonters young and old to get involved.
“It’s important to keep our state clean, have a little pride in what we do, have a little pride in Vermont,” he said.
Organizers say Vermonters who choose to green up, won’t be disappointed.
“It’s a way of bringing the community together, celebrating spring and greening up our state,” said Killoran.
To learn more about how to volunteer and where, click here.