Green Up Charlotte on May 7 & 8

By Joanna Cummings  | Contributor 

Green Up Vermont marks its 46th anniversary this year, so let’s keep the tradition alive and Charlotte green by picking up a bag or two at either the town office, Charlotte Library, Spears Store or Brick Store. Then sign up for a roadside route to clean up at greenupcharlottevt.com. Bags will also be available at the Charlotte Central School Quonset hut on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., where you can also check to see what routes are available. Want to recycle the bottles and cans you pick up along the roadside? Then grab a clear bag at the CCS Quonset hut as well on May 7 and 8, for collecting recyclable bottles and cans. Bring the clear bag back to the Quonset Hut along with your green bag.

After several years of serving the town well as Green Up Day coordinator, Joe Gallagher stepped down and Joanna Cummings was appointed as the new coordinator. If you have any questions about Green Up Day activities please email Joanna at joanna@yellowladyslipper.org.

Your participation in Green Up Day is greatly appreciated, but please not to leave full bags along the roadside. Neither the town nor Green Up Day coordinator will pick up bags. Bring your Green Up bags, tires and scrap metal to the CCS Quonset hut on the days and hours listed above.

Remember to be safe out there: Wear brightly colored clothes, sensible shoes, gloves and sunscreen. And be tick smart: Wear long pants, avoid tall grass, wear bug repellent and check for ticks when you arrive home. If you find any needles or hazardous materials along the roadside please DO NOT try to pick them up. Tell Joanna—the Green Up Day coordinator—about the location and it will be reported to the town office for pick up by people trained in hazardous waste removal.

It may be called Green Up Day, but in Charlotte we dedicate an entire weekend to greening up, and other organizations are hosting events as well. The Charlotte-Shelburne Seed Library will have a table set up at the Quonset Hut on Saturday. You can pick up seeds from their terrific selection for starting or direct planting. Any question regarding the seed library can be answered by calling the Charlotte Library at 425-3864.

The Charlotte Central School will be holding its 5th annual Compost Sale in the west Quonset parking lot on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your own can for pickup, with prices as follows: $3 per five-gallon can, $12 per 20-gallon can, and $18 per 33-gallon can. Student-led tours of the composting shed will take place from 9 to 10 a.m., and there will also be trees and shrubs for sale. For more information, contact Abby Foulk at afoulk@gmavt.net.

Ruah Swennerfelt will lead the e-waste recycling project again this year. On May 7 and 8, you can bring your old computers, electronic devices, TVs, VCRs, and small kitchen appliances to the Quonset Hut to have them recycled. If you have any questions, please contact Ruah at ruahswennerfelt@gmail.com.

The Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a clean-up day as well. Meet at the entrance off Greenbush Road on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m., for trash pickup along the Route 7 border of the park and cleanup of an old dump in the park. For more information email charlottepawr@gmail.com.

We hope you join us for any of these activities on the weekend of May 7 and 8. Do what you can to Green Up our town! Any questions regarding Charlotte’s Green Up can be sent to Joanna at Joanna@yellowladyslipper.org.

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