Green Up Day

Help Clean-Up Roadside trash in Hartford!

Green-Up Day is Saturday, May1st.  Cleaning up trash along town roads is conductive to social distancing.  We encourage volunteers to go out at their convenience, but if you go out before April 28th, please store your green-up trash at home.

Bags:  Beginning Monday, April 19th, Green-Up bags will be available outside 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 will also be available on Green-Up Day, Saturday, May 1st between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm at the Town Hall and Quechee Green.

Dumpsters:  Will be available at the following locations:

  • Hartford Town Hall:  Wednesday, April 28th - Monday, May 3rd
  • Quechee Green: Wednesday, April 28th - Monday May 3rd

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

Guidelines: Due to Covid-19, Green-Up 2021 will be similar to Green-Up Day 2020.  Our #1 priority is for volunteers to be safe.  Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Wear gloves and a face mask.
  • Volunteer with your household 
  • Mainain 6 feet separation from others.
  • Watch out for ticks.  Protect yourself from ticks by tucking your pants into your socks and wear repellent for ticks.  Check youself thoroughly from head  to toe when you get home.
  • Watch out for poison ivy.  It may be out and can cause allergic reactions.

Registration:  In an effort to maintain social distancing, there will not be in-person registration.  The following are the options for registering:

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