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In Vermont, by the first weekend in May, spring is in full swing with early crops of kale and spinach taking root, peepers doing their evening serenade, tulips and hyacinths bursting in perennial gardens, and those overstuffed green trash bags popping up like giant mushrooms along the roadsides marking the annual Vermont Green Up Day tradition.

First started almost 50 years ago in 1970, Green Up Day is a state-wide grassroots event that rallies people of all ages to volunteer their time and work gloves to the cause of removing accumulated trash from the roads. It’s an initiative that works so well, Vermont is the only state without an Adopt-A-Highway program.

This year, Green Up Day is officially on Saturday, May 6, but volunteers often get started early and continue for a few days after. HMC will be getting into the spirit with a team of employees doing their part in Richmond, cleaning up the  local roads and trails. Keep an eye on our social channels for details.

For more information on Green Up activities in your Vermont town, visit Green Up Vermont. And if you live outside of the Green Mountain State, consider starting a Green Up Day tradition in your neighborhood. Your roadsides and waterways and wildlife will thank you.

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