Greenup Day, as just about every Vermonter knows, is a Saturday in May dedicated to a statewide cleanup effort. What you may not know, however, is just how widespread this effort has become.
It was started in 1970 by Gov. Deane C. Davis. By the 1990s, 7,000 Vermonters in towns across the state were involved. And today, more than 20,000 individuals in every single town in Vermont arm themselves with rakes and trash bags and head out to do battle with a winter’s worth of trash.