Due to COVID-19, Green-Up Day was pushed back four weeks and was held the last Saturday in May instead of the first Saturday.  Fortunately, Green-Up Day wasn’t cancelled and with extra care taken to ensure physical distancing, was held on May 30th.  In Hartford, the weather cooperated and there was a good turnout.  Since the Town encourages residents to do green-up when it is convenient to them, COVID-19 seemed to have limited impact.  See results below.

We are fortunate to have such committed Green-Up volunteers each year and would like to thank them for having such a positive impact on the community. We also would like to thank the Hartford Conservation Commission for making this an important part of their work program.

Green Up Results 2020 

Tons of trash disposed of: 3.48 tons. This was 11% higher than 2019.

Number of bags disposed of: 575

Number of volunteers: 205. Since the Town suspended in-person distribution and sign up due to COVID-19, bags were left outside the Town Hall and Quechee Library and registration was on-line or volunteers were asked to e-mail Green-Up Day Coordinator Matt Osborn. It is likely that many folks participated without registering. Also, we normally have 4-6 businesses who participate regularly as well as scout troops and school participation. This year, there were no businesses or scout troops and only one school group (Community College of Vermont) participated. Thank you CCV.

Number of miles cleaned: Approximately 30.

Number of tires collected: 25



Green-Up Day: Saturday, 30th 8:30 a.m. - Noon 

Help Clean-up Roadside Trash in Hartford!

Due to COVID-19, Green-Up Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30th.  

Cleaning up trash along town roads is conducive to social distancing.  We encourage volunteers to go out at their convenience, but If you go out before May 26th, please store your green-up trash at home until dumpsters are available.  

Bags are available in front of the Hartford Town Hall (building entrance parking lot side) and the Quechee Library (building entrance Willard Road side) and will be periodically restocked.  Please take only the number of bags you plan to fill.  Bags also will be available on Green-Up Day, Saturday May 30th between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Town Hall and Quechee Green.

Dumpsters will be available at the following three locations:

  • Hartford Town Hall: Tuesday, May 26th – Monday, June 1st. 
  • Quechee Green: Tuesday, May 26th – Monday, June 1st.
  • White River Subaru: Friday, May 29th – Monday, June 1st. 

Drop-off of Green-Up trash at the Hartford Solid Waste Facility will not be available this year. 

Guidelines: Green-Up 2020 will be different than past years. Our #1 priority is the safety of volunteers.  Please adhere to the following guidelines:

Wear gloves & a face mask.

Volunteer with your household.

Maintain 6 feet from others.

Protect yourself from ticks: by tucking your pants into your socks and wear repellent for ticks. Check yourself thoroughly from head to toe when you get home.

Watch out for poison ivy.  Poison ivy will be leafed out and can cause allergic reactions.

Registration: In an effort to maintain social distancing, in-person registration will not be available. Please register online using one of these three ways:

If a route has been claimed twice, Green-Up Coordinator Matt Osborn will contact you about choosing an alternative route.


We hope to see you next year for Green-Up Hartford 2021

About Green-Up Day Vermont

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? Visit the How to Participate page to find your Town Coordinator, where to get Green Up bags, and what to do with them afterwards.  Also all seven Vermont Subaru dealers are official sites for bag pick up and drop off.

Green Up’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment.

For the official Green Up Day Vermont website, go to