Green Up Day 2021

Full green trash bags on the side of a street

Saturday, May 1st

Grab a handful of those stylish Green Up bags and help us take out the trash! Green Up Vermont‘s annual spring ritual brings thousands of Vermonters together to clear their communities of litter. Last year alone 421 tons of debris were removed across the state because everyone knows a tidy neighborhood is good for health, environment, business, and property value.

Swing by one of our 3 primary areas to pick up your bags, and check out our Old East End list of litter problem spots. Tackle any of the areas on your own, or join forces with our coordinators. However you choose to pitch in, we look forward to seeing you out and about in the Old East End!

Rain Dates: Sunday, May 2nd or Saturday, May 8th

How It Works

  • Pick up free Green-Up bags at Schmanska Park, Greenmount Cemetery, or the Little Free Library at 166 East Avenue – available all day / until we run out, beginning at 8am
  • You can also visit Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront for additional bag pick up locations throughout the city
  • Take your bags and do your thing, or work with our fabulous and friendly coordinators from 8-10am
  • Tie your litter-stuffed bags closed and leave them along the closest major street for pick up – Colchester Avenue, East Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Barrett Street, Chase Street, or Grove Street

Note: Personal bags, household trash, bulk items, recyclables will not be collected

Safety Tips

  • Wear bright, visible clothing, long pants, boots, and work gloves
  • Practice appropriate social distancing and wear a mask
  • Work facing oncoming traffic
  • If you come across any hazardous items, leave them alone. Alert the city using the See Click Fix website or mobile app
  • Check yourself for ticks at the end of the day

Schmanska Park

63 Grove Street – parking lot / crosswalk

Dave Cawley has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts around the park

Schmanska areas of focus include:

  • Schmanska Park
  • Parking Lot
  • Grove Street
  • Calarco Court
  • Colchester Court

East Avenue Corridor

166 East Avenue – Little Free Library

Cindy Cook has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts along East Avenue

East Avenue areas of focus include:

  • East Avenue
  • UVM bank, paths
  • East Village Drive
  • Bilodeau Court
  • Case Parkway
  • University Road

Greenmount Cemetery

339 Colchester Ave – main gate

Jason Stuffle has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts around the cemetery

Greenmount areas of focus include:

  • Cemetery
  • Upper Colchester
  • Nash Place
  • Thibault Parkway
  • Latham Court

Additional Litter Problem Spots

After grabbing your free Green-Up bags, you might want to check out these areas. They could use a little litter-picking love.

Grove Street Corridor Barrett Street to Burlington City Limits

Lower Colchester Triangle Lower Colchester Avenue, Chase Street, Barrett Street, Chase Lane, Rumsey Lane

Chace Mill and the River Winooski bridge, river bank, Mill Street, Chace Mill

Salmon Hole parking lot, trail head, Riverside Avenue to Winooski bridge

Anywhere else you notice a pile of litter!

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See something, say something

While you’re out collecting litter, you may notice other opportunities for neighborhood improvement. Report them through the See Click Fix website or mobile app.

Keep an eye out

Broken or Missing Infrastructure – traffic signals, pedestrian buttons, bus stops, street drains, fire hydrants, utility boxes, overflowing trash cans, park equipment, bike racks, unclear signage, etc.

Road or Bike Lane Hazards – faded crosswalks or lane lines, potholes, broken or missing curbs, illegal parking, needs sweeping, etc.

Sidewalk Hazards – broken or uneven pavement, etc.

Vegetation Hazards – overgrown power or utility lines, dead trees, encroaching on walkways, bike lanes, roads, or signage, etc.

Unwelcome Additions – graffiti, illegal dumping, etc.

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