Green Up Day Targets Storm Debris

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Vermont’s annual Green Up Day is taking on an extra challenge this year.

The annual spring cleaning ritual has drawn thousands of Vermonters to road sides and stream banks over the years. The 2012 edition, taking place May 5, is expected to involve some extra work, due to debris left by the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. Green Up organizers are working with local long-term recovery committees to coordinate efforts and focus on areas that still need cleanup from Irene.

Businesses are stepping forward as well, with Boch Enterprises donating $25,000 to help pay for trash bins to haul away the extra refuse. In Waterbury, spring cleaning starts a week early, with an April 28 event devoted to cleaning up hundreds of tires left in a wooded area by flooding.

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