Green-Up Day gets a new app

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) New technology is helping a spring tradition continue across the region.

Saturday marked the 48th annual Green-Up Day in Vermont. This year an app was developed for the event by Code for BTV. It helps residents find groups in their town, record their progress throughout the day, find local Green-Up Day events and where to find supplies. Folks in St. Albans got an early start to Green-Up Day. Those picking up trash said they try to get out every year to give back to their community. Some parents brought their kids out to teach them about this the yearly event.

"It's just another thing that I should be teaching my child, having to give back, taking care of the community he lives in, it's really important. What we teach them now is what's going to carry through for sure," said Eric Johnson of St. Albans.

"We found piles of cigarette butts. We found this one place in like the woods, it's was like filled with stuff we're going to report that, nothing we can take care of, we found horrible things," said Girl Scout Analy Blow.

More than 200 towns and cities participate in the yearly event that has cleaned 13,000 miles of Vermont roads. Dozens of sponsors make it possible, including WCAX.