Green Up Day
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Welcome to the Panton Green Up web page! Please help us make this Panton’s most successful Green Up Day ever! Join us in this annual community effort to clean up our roadsides and enhance the extraordinary natural beauty of our great little town. Please mark Saturday, May 7, Green Up Day on your calendar.
As the early spring weather is finally upon us, it appears that our beautiful little town is finally able to enjoy some activities outside. Green Up Day, which will take place Saturday, May 7, is the perfect way to launch a season of hope and community spirit. We look forward to seeing lots of volunteers, both old and new, pitching in to collect
the trash blighting our roadways and showing appreciation for the particularly beautiful bit of the planet we call home.
We are excited to offer coffee and donuts with the Panton Selectboard once again at the town office, outside with social distancing from 9am-11am, May 7, weather permitting! A proper spring celebration!
Our roadsides are calling out for attention this year, as trash is especially evident after this long winter. Beginning on April 15, the familiar bright Green Up bags will be available at the Town Office, just inside the door at the Town Garage, and at the bottom of the driveway at 1480 Hopkins Road.
Please do note that trash must be in the Green Up bags in order to be accepted for free at the transfer station. Otherwise the town (your tax dollars) will be charged for trash collected in regular bags.
Early birds can get a jump on picking up whenever it suits their schedule and depending on the weather. Please let the Green Up Day coordinators or the town clerk know what roadside you are picking up, for reporting purposes. We can also suggest areas in need. All efforts are heartily appreciated!Trash collected in the official Green Up bags may be brought to the Town Garage and placed beside the salt shed. Otherwise it may be left at the roadside, but please avoid leaving it anywhere that is unsafe to stop the town truck such as at a blind spot or a tight curve. If there are several bags in a given area, please put them in one spot to minimize truck stops. Our Road Foreman, Rick Cloutier, will collect them.
For any questions or to report where you are going to pick up please contact:
Coordinators: Paula Moore; firstname.lastname@example.org. 475-2699, Louise
Giovanella; email@example.com. 759-2529.
As always be safe and observe the usual Green Up precautions listed below.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE YOU GO!!!
GREEN UP BAGS ARE AVAILABLE NOW at the Town Office and at the Town Garage.
ALL YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED AND CAREFULLY SUPERVISED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT. They should avoid busy roads and walk only on the left side of the road facing traffic if possible.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR GATHERING TRASH. Wear brightly colored clothing including long pants and shirts, sensible shoes or boots, and protective gloves. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TICKS, which are already active and may be as small as the head of a pin, if they are deer ticks. Tuck in cuffs to protect against them. They may be present on the ground, in refuse, grass or on branches. Check carefully for their presence on yourself and your children when you return home.
GREEN UP WASTE COLLECTED IN THE GREEN UP BAGS can be left at the roadside, but please avoid leaving it anywhere that is unsafe to stop the town truck such as at a blind spot or a tight curve. If there are several bags in a given area, please put them in one spot to minimize truck stops. Our Road Foreman, Rick Cloutier, will collect it. You can also drop your bags at the town garage.
DO NOT PICK UP DEAD ANIMALS; call the coordinator if you encounter any.
ITEMS SUCH AS TIRES, appliances and scrap metal should not placed in the Green Up bags, but should be kept separate, brought to the town garage, or put on top of or beside any collection bags.
If any SITES OF ILLEGAL DUMPING are discovered, please call a coordinator and document with pictures if possible.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, SUCH AS BATTERIES, SOLVENTS, ACIDS, SALTS, OR DISCARDED NEEDLES MAY BE FOUND. DO NOT PICK THEM UP ! CALL THE COORDINATOR. State police have cautioned that anyone seeing a bottle (it can be plastic) with a liquid other than what should be in there, a plastic coke bottle, especially one containing a white pasty substance or anything else that may be foreign, should not touch it. Inform the coordinator and call the state police. Any such bottle with a vent or tube sticking out the top of it should also be avoided and the police called.
Trash is limited to waste picked up on the roadsides and does NOT include household trash or cleanout debris.
Here's a set of before and after images that Mary Metcalf took of her cleanup along Lake Street on April 22, 2015. Thank you Mary!