- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Thousands of Vermonters are lending a hand to clean up litter from roadsides and public spaces in their communities.

The state’s 47th annual Green Up Day takes place Saturday.

The Vermont Department of Public Safety is reminding volunteers to be wary of potential hazardous materials such as discarded syringes or possible methamphetamine lab containers that should be left in place. If those are found, volunteers are asked to tell Green Up leaders, who can contact authorities to have them properly disposed of.

Numerous schools and businesses got an early start, participating in Green Up activities on Friday.

Last year, 300 tons of trash and more than 5,000 tires were collected.

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