Media Coverage, Statistics, and Talking Points

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Statistics about Green Up Day (scroll down for talking points below):

Number of volunteers: 22,000

Number of Green Up Day bags distributed: Over 50,000

Number of tons of trash collected: 200 to 300 tons annually

Number of tires collected – Over 5,000 annually

Number of town roads miles that Green Up Day is tasked to clean up: 13,087 (there are 2,707 miles of State Highways that the state cleans up)

Number of towns that have reported illegal dumpsites: 70

All towns in Vermont receive Green Up Day bags and participate.

Green Up Day’s 2018 news coverage:

Green Up’s 2017 news coverage:

Addison County Independent – Green Up Day:

Bennington Banner – Green Up Day:,506163

Bennington Banner – Poster Contest winners:,498023

Bennington Banner – Video Contest:,505429,508939

Brattleboro Reformer – Green Up Day:,506544,506405,508783

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Deerfield Valley News – Green Up Day:–One-man-s-trash—is-another-one-s-garbage?instance=news_page

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Manchester Journal – Green Up Day:,506345

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VTDigger – Mayor Weinberger’s Press Release – Burlington Kick Off Green Up Day event:

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VTDigger – Green Up Day & Earth Day:

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Waterbury Record – Green Up Day:

WCAX Channel 3 – Evening news – Green Up Day:

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WCAX story – 4th Grader Wins Green Up Vermont Writing Contest

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Talking Points – a summary of the Green Up Day program, to be used in interviews or when writing articles:

WHAT is it? and HOW did it get started? A special day when thousands of volunteers come out in their communities for a massive spring clean up of litter.  It is the largest statewide volunteer event in Vermont with over 22,000 taking part.

Launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis, four days before the first Earth Day, with the idea to “marshal an army of thousands of volunteers to clean up litter from roadsides.”  There was a lot of roadside litter back then.  The Interstate was closed from nine to noon and the clean up drew national media coverage.

HOW has it CHANGED? It is no longer organized by a state agency.  Instead, Green Up Vermont is a non-profit organization responsible for carrying on this great annual tradition.  They are now providing over 50,000 Green Up bags every year!

WHERE does it take place? Every community in Vermont has a Green Up Day.  Roadsides, natural and public spaces, and waterways throughout the entire state are the focus for the litter clean up.

WHO takes part? Everyone can take part – people of all ages and all walks of life.  Lots of families go out together to involve young children in learning about negative effects of littering.  Local community groups can help organize food and festivities for volunteers – some towns have a breakfast, many have a barbeque lunch.

HOW can people get involved? Go to the Green Up Vermont web site at Green Up Vermont, to find out who is their Town Coordinator and where to get Green Up bags.  Also all seven Vermont Subaru dealers are official sites for bag pick up and drop off.