Green Up Charlotte!

49th Annual Green Up Day in Charlotte, Vermont

What: Green Up Vermont 2019 in Charlotte.
A day of cleaning up our roadsides. Bags available at Old Brick Store, Senior Center, Town Library, Spear’s Corner Store, Little Garden Market. Sign up for a route on website, or call (802) 425-2100, or send an email. Volunteers will be at the CCS Quonset Hut to hand out bags, accept filled bags. Green bags for trash, optional clear bags for redeemables and recyclables

When: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Where: The Quonset Hut at Charlotte Central School on Charlotte-Hinesburg Road.

Special Events & Activities
Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge Clean Up, Thorp Barn, 10:00 a.m.
E-waste Recycling, CCS Quonset Hut, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Compost Sale, 8:00 a.m. to noon, CCS Quonset Hut

We need volunteers to staff the event!

For More Info: Visit the Charlotte Green Up Day website, or email Ken Spencer or Kim Findlay.

Let’s all pitch in!

Brown up your Green Up Day! (and your International Compost Awareness Week May 4-11)

Come buy bulk compost at the CCS Compost Sale, Saturday, May 4, in the school’s west Quonset parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Compost is generously donated by Steven Wisbaum of Champlain Valley Compost Company. Proceeds go to the CCS school gardens and community compost efforts. “First come, first served” until we run out!

Please bring your 5 gallon, 20 gallon or 33 gallon cans to the school, and volunteer shovel labor will be provided. Prices are $3 per 5 gallon can, $12 per 20 gallon can and $18 per 33 gallon can.

Also drop-in short tours of the CCS Compost Shed will be available upon spontaneous request. Learn about thermophilic and backyard composting techniques.

Contact: Abby Foulk

Event: Free community food-scrap compost training
Held at the Charlotte Library, 115 Ferry Rd Charlotte. Saturday May 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by an optional tour of the CCS Community Compost Shed

Community composting offers a local option for recycling food scraps and garden/yard materials, putting these valuable resources to good use and keeping them out of landfills. You can help build healthy soils, right where you live!

This training is designed to help people and communities determine the composting system that will best meet their goals for collecting and composting food scraps.

Training Overview:
• The “what” and “why” of community composting
• Community-driven goals
• Compost system options, siting, set up, winter preparation
• Composting basics: inputs & outputs, system management
• Gathering needed materials: sourcing, quality, community engagement & training
• Discussion and Q&A
• Hands-on exercises

The training is free and open to the public. Please register online.  For more information, contact Natasha Duarte, or call her at (802) 373-6499. Refreshments will be provided; please bring a brown bag lunch, water bottle and drink mug.

Sponsored by the Northeast Recycling Council, Composting Association of Vermont, Vermont Community Garden Network, Charlotte Library, Champlain Valley Cohousing. With funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

Green Up Day 2019: Let’s pick up this town together!
by Kim Findlay

Did you know that Vermont was the first state to designate a day of the year to clean up litter along the roadsides? And on that day in 1970, participation and results far exceeded expectations. Ninety-five percent of the 2,400 miles of the interstate and state roads, and 75 percent of the 8,300 miles of town roads were cleared of garbage! Thanks to Governor Deane C. Davis and Senator George Aiken, we have a wonderful tradition that inspires Vermonters to get out and de-trash this beautiful state.

In our town, Green Up Day has had a robust turnout every year with tons (yes, tons!) of litter removed from our roadsides. This year Green Up Day is Saturday, May 4. We will be at the Quonset Hut at Charlotte Central School from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To round out the weekend, there is a compost sale and e-waste recycling at the Quonset Hut, and a group cleanup of the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge.

This year we will be giving out green bags for trash and optional clear bags for redeemable and recyclable plastic containers. Bags will be available at several locations around town including Spear’s Corner Store, the CCS Library, the Little Garden market, the Old Brick Store and the Senior Center. They can also be picked up at the Quonset Hut on Saturday.

You can carry just a green bag and put everything in there, or you can carry both green and clear bags and separate trash from recyclable items. Please do not leave filled bags on the roadside—they must be returned to the Quonset Hut.

Volunteers are needed! My co-coordinator Ken Spencer and I would love to have helpers at the Quonset and/or sign up for a route to clean up. Our website has all the information you need…and lots more! Visit our website or contact me with any questions or to sign up to help out.

I don’t know about you, but it warms my heart to see folks out cleaning up our town together. It says so much about how we care for this land and shows how important it is in so many ways to keep trash from piling up. Whether driving, biking or walking around town, isn’t it great to not see that junk? And to share a collective feeling of stewardship? Thank you for helping out on this special day!