Rutland businesses and organizations came together on Saturday, May 1, to participate in the annual, statewide Green Up Day clean up effort in downtown Rutland.
Over 30 volunteers from Rotary Club of Rutland, Rutland South Rotary, Rutland County Solid Waste District, Rutland Dismas House, The Richards Group, Grow Vermont, Unlimited Potential, and the Downtown Rutland Partnership collectively gathered 25 bags of trash from the district’s streets, landing them 10th place in the state’s online leaderboard.
“On behalf of downtown’s businesses and visitors, we can’t be thankful enough that our community chose to volunteer to beautify our sidewalks and streets,” said Nikki Hindman, executive director of the DRP. “Downtown looks amazing thanks to everyone’s efforts.”
In addition to the bags collected in the downtown core, volunteers also spread out to pick up trash from Spruce Street, Royce Street, and Strongs Avenue.
“I haven’t been a part of an organized Green Up Day prior to this year, and agree wholeheartedly we collectively made a significant impact!” said Caitlin Perry of Rutland South Rotary. “It’s been great to drive around and see areas that were cringe-worthy now looking so great.”
Green Up Vermont’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 while raising public awareness about the health, economic, and visual benefits of a litter-free environment year-round.