A spring tradition will take root again Saturday as the Parks and Recreation Department and town Beautification Committee hold the annual Green-Up Westport Day.

Approximately 60 civic groups will disperse around town to clean up litter from roadways and public spaces.

"Over the course of the winter, a lot of trash develops in parks and roadsides," said Parks and Recreation Department Director Stuart McCarthy. "When the snow melts and before the vegetation takes over, it's a good opportunity to get out and pick it all up."

Individuals are also encouraged to participate, and are allowed to choose their own clean-up sites.

"A lot of people drive around town and say, `They ought to pick up the trash in that area," McCarthy said. "Well, they're welcome to do that."

Volunteers can dispose of trash in their homes, at the town transfer station on the Sherwood Island Connector, or schedule a pick-up from the Parks and Rec Department for larger amounts of garbage.

McCarthy estimated that Parks and Rec Department officials collected several truckloads of trash from last year's Green-Up Day.

Volunteers can use their own garbage bags or pick up free bags from the Parks and Rec Department office at 260 Compo Road South. Bags will also be distributed on Saturday between 9 and 11 a.m. at Jesup Green in downtown Westport.

Prospective volunteers can learn more about Green-Up Westport Day by contacting the Parks and Rec Department at 203-341-5090.