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Pollution Prevention Week

DEP celebrated National Pollution Prevention Week 2008 from September 15 - 21 with the theme �Greening Florida�s Future� which focused on "green" cleaning methods. To celebrate the state and nationally recognized week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosted a variety of statewide events promoting everything from proper household hazardous waste disposal to the importance of green cleaning in schools and easy ways citizens and businesses can �green� their daily practices. Statewide events included hazardous materials drop-offs at local household hazardous waste facilities in exchange for a free microfiber cloth; �green cleaning kit� giveaways at area businesses; and educational events encouraging environmentally friendly cleaning practices in Florida�s schools, businesses and homes.




In an effort to �green� Florida�s future, Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation [PDF - 347 KB] designating September 15-21 as Pollution Prevention Week.


Greening Florida's Future

Green Cleaning kitAs part of its efforts to promote the importance of safer cleaning in schools, DEP participated in the Florida School Plant Manager Association�s  (FSPMA) annual conference. The conference, attended by approximately 250 participants statewide, was held September 15-19 in Daytona Beach.  DEP gave a presentation on �Green� Cleaning in schools, as well as hosted an information booth to provide further resources to participants on safer cleaning practices. For more information, visit www.fspma.com.

To encourage �green� cleaning in businesses, DEP donated several �green� cleaning kits, containing microfiber cloths, environmentally-friendly cleaning products and ingredients and directions for creating homemade chemical-free products to the Clara White Mission in Jacksonville.  The Mission will use the cleaning products as part of their janitorial services job training program, teaching trainees how to clean in an environmentally-friendly manner. For more information on the Clara White Mission, visit www.clarawhitemission.org.




Green Cleaning

green cleaningGreen Cleaning is defined as cleaning practices that protect health without harming the environment. Green cleaning products are typically biodegradable, non-toxic and do not accumulate in living tissue. Green cleaning practices can reduce risks to human health and safety and the environment. They prevent pollution and can even save money when compared to traditional chemical cleaners.


Statewide Events

Statewide events during Pollution Prevention Week included hazardous materials drop-offs at local household hazardous waste facilities in exchange for a free microfiber cloth, green cleaning kit giveaways at area businesses and educational events encouraging environmentally-friendly cleaning practices in Florida�s schools, businesses and homes. There are also household hazardous waste collections throughout the year, visit the DEP HHW Web site for additional information.

Check below for an event in your area.

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Northwest District

  • Leon County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Celebration Baptist Church Parking Lot in Killearn, Tallahassee
    Accepted Items: Up to 50 pounds of household hazardous waste and used electronics for recycling.
    Contact: Richard J. Lobinske, 850-606-1816 or LobinskeR@leoncountyfl.gov

    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    New Leaf Market Seminars
    Soil Science, Saturday, September 20 1:00 p.m.
    Food Allergy Support, Tuesday September 23 7:00pm
    Location: Green Living Center, 1020 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
    Contact: New Leaf Market 850-942-2557

    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    Senior Expo New Leaf Market Booth
    Thursday, September 25 10:00am - 2:00p.m.
    Palmer Monroe Community Center, 1900 Jackson Bluff, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    Contact: 850-891-4000

  • Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    Saturday, September 20
    Vitamin Shoppe, 1313 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
    Contact: 850-216-1618

  • Wakulla County
    Coastal Cleanup
    Saturday, September 20
    Location: 15 Oak Street, Crawfordville, Florida 32327
    Information: Keep Wakulla County Beautiful�s largest event of the year. For event information, contact Keep Wakulla County Beautiful or visit www.kwcb.com
    Contact: Marj Law (850) 926-0830

  • Escambia County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Washington High School, Pensacola
    Accepted Items: Unusable electronics and household hazardous waste.
    Contact: For businesses or large material drop-off, call (850) 937-2160 to make an appointment

  • Okaloosa County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday , September 20 from 7:00 a.m. � 11:00 a.m.
    Location: Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 84 Ready Avenue in Fort Walton
    Contact: Jim Reece jreece@co.okaloosa.fl.us


Northeast District

  • Alachua County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Haile Plantation Village Parking Lot, Gainesville
    Accepted Items: Pesticides; Paint thinners; Radiator fluid; Used oil and auto fluids; Oil filters; Emergency flares; Solvents; Pool chemicals; Insecticides, pesticides; Gasoline/solvents; Fluorescent lamps, CFLs; Electronics; Computers; Thermostats/thermometer; TVs, all electronics; Paints, latex/oil based; Batteries; Fertilizers; Household cleaners; Corrosives; Propane tanks; Prescriptions/ medications; Aerosol cans.
    Contact: Kurt Seaburg, KURT@alachuacounty.us or 352-334-0440

  • Duval County
    Southeast US Boat Show
    Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21
    Location: Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville
    Information: Green cleaning information for Marine industry and microfiber cloth distribution.


Central District

  • Orange County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Locations: McLeod Transfer Station, 5000 L.B. McLeod Road, Orlando
    Orange County Landfill, 5901 Young Pine Road, Orlando, FL
    Accepted Items: pesticides, oil-based paint, paint thinner and stripper, varnishes and stains household cleaning fluids, chemical drain cleaners, auto and furniture polish, solvents and flammable liquids, pool chemicals, chemistry sets, brake fluid and antifreeze, unknown chemicals, batteries, waste oil, mercury lamps and devices and propane tanks up to 100 pounds.
    Contact: Oscar Ramos, 407-836-6600 or oscar.ramos@ocfl.net.

    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway

    September 15-September 20
    Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, 32792
    Contact: Lauressa Nelson, 407-673-8788

    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    September 15-September 20
    Whole Foods Market, 8003 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, 32819
    Contact: Summer Simmons, 407-355-7100

  • Osceola County
    Green It Up Day
    Friday, September 19 from 8:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m.
    Location: St. Cloud Transfer Station Site, 17th Street, St. Cloud
    Information: Osceola County Solid Waste program is hosting Green It Up Day. In addition to normal services provided there will be educational presentations on "How to Green Your Household", brochures distributed on electronics recycling and Curby the Walking, Talking, Recycling Robot will discuss recycling with children.
    Contact: Danny Sheaffer, 407-962-1102 or dshe@OSCEOLA.ORG

    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Monday, September 15 � Friday, September 19 from 7:00 a.m. � 4:00 p.m. &
    Saturday, September 20 from 7:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m.
    Locations: Bass Road Household Hazardous Waste Site, 750 S. Bass Rd, Kissimmee & St. Cloud Transfer Station, 17th Street, St. Cloud
    Accepted Items: Electronics and chemicals such as banned/unwanted garden pesticides, unknown chemicals, household chemicals, old paints and thinners, solvents, wood preservatives, brake fluid and anti-freeze, pool chemicals and muriatic acid, waste oil and oil filters. Waste from businesses will not be accepted. 55 gallon drums will not be accepted.
    Contact: Danny Sheaffer, 407-962-1102 or dshe@OSCEOLA.ORG

  • Brevard County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 a.m. � 4:00 p.m.
    Locations: Central Disposal Facility , 2250 Adamson RD, Cocoa, FL 32926
    Mockingbird Way Mulch Facility, 3600 South St., Titusville
    Sarno Rd. Landfill/Transfer Station, 3379 Sarno Rd., Melbourne
    Accepted Items: Materials that are from routine cleaning and maintenance of households, including: paints (latex and oil), automotive batteries, rechargeable batteries, aerosol sprays, cleaners, fertilizers, fluorescent lamps, CFLs, fungicides, herbicides, paint remover, paint thinner, pesticides, pool chemicals, thermometers, thermostats, wood preservatives (No containers greater than 5-gallon size). Household electronics are accepted at the Central Landfill Facility only.
    Contact: Rita Perini, 321-633-1888 or rita.perini@brevardcounty.us

  • Indian River County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Locations: Roseland , 7860 130th Street, Sebastian
    Fellsmere , 12510 C.R. 512, Fellsmere
    Winter Beach , 3955 65th Street, Winter Beach
    Gifford, 4901 41st Street, Vero Beach
    Oslo, 950 1st Place, Vero Beach
    Accepted Items: household cleaning products; automotive products such as used motor oil, filters and antifreeze; lawn and garden products; indoor pesticides; workshop / painting supplies, paint cans (Not to exceed 5 gallons) and aerosol cans; batteries - household and automotive, and cell phones; fluorescent light bulbs, and CFLs; propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders.
    Contact: Himanshu Mehta, 772-770-5112 or hmehta@ircgov.com

  • Lake County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Thursday, September 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Leesburg Tractor Supply Company, 1706 Citrus Boulevard, Leesburg
    Accepted Items: poisons, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, and insecticides; used motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, gasoline, diesel fuel, antifreeze, Freon, kerosene, one-pound propane bottles and automobile batteries; paint, paint thinners, paint strippers, and wood preservatives; aerosol cans and fire extinguishers; rechargeable household batteries; swimming pool and spa chemicals; fluorescent light bulbs, thermostat switches, smoke detectors and other mercury-containing devices; household chemicals and cleaners.
    Contact: Johnny Taylor, 352-253-1684 or jtaylor@lakecountyfl.gov

  • Marion County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Thursday, September 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Baseline Recycle Center , 5601 SE 66th Street, Ocala
    Accepted Items: lawn and garden chemicals and fertilizers; paints, strippers and thinners; gasoline, antifreeze, used oil and filters and brake fluid; batteries � household and automotive; thermostats, thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs; propane cylinders, aerosol cans and pool chemicals; used sharps (hypodermic needles) containers.
    Contact: Royet Bateman, 352-671-8496 or royet.bateman@marioncountyfl.org

  • Volusia County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Tomoka Farms Road Landfill Center, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Daytona Beach
    Accepted Items: All household hazardous waste including paints, cleaning chemicals, pool chemicals, pesticides, automotive fluids, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronics, and they also have a SWAP Shop for customers to pick up these materials for reuse.
    Contact: Jennifer Stirk, 386-947-2952 or jstirk@co.volusia.fl.us


Southwest District

  • Manatee County
    FREE Household Hazardous Waste & E-Scrap Collection
    Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Lena Road Landfill, 3333 Lena Rd, Bradenton
    Directions: Lena Road Landfill off of SR64 just East of I75. Lena Road is the third traffic light after passing the interstate turn south. Then follow the road to just before the industrial park make a left, there will be signs for you to follow to the collection site.
    Accepted Items: All paint and paint products, all types of batteries, propane tanks, ammunition, flares, solvents, garden pesticides, household chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent lamps, CFLs & other mercury containing devices, TV�s, computers, CPU�s, printers, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, copiers, video & audio equipment, and ONLY these small appliances: microwaves, hairdryers, irons, cell phones, digital cameras and battery chargers.
    Not Accepted: No Radioactive or Bio-Hazardous Waste Materials, No Business Waste. Businesses may call for specific disposal information. Special accommodations for handicapped persons can be arranged in advance.
    Contact: Cari Walz, 941- 708-8561 or Cari.Walz@mymanatee.org

  • Sarasota County
    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, September 20
    Time: Varied by site
    North County � 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34241
    Mid County � 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 4010 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis, FL 34275
    South County � 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice, FL 34292
    Information: Residential waste and Sarasota County residents only.
    Contact: Lois Rose lerose@scgov.net or 941-861-5000

  • Hillsborough County
    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    September 15-September 20
    The Vitamin Shoppe, 2201A East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
    Contact: 813-615-9292

    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    September 15-September 20
    Chuck's Natural Food Marketplace, 11301 North 56th Street, Temple Terrace FL, 33617
    Contact: 813-980-2005

    Green Cleaning Kit Giveaway
    September 15-September 20
    Chuck's Natural Food Marketplace, 114 N. Kings Avenue, Brandon, FL 33510
    Contact(813) 657-2555


Southeast District

  • Miami-Dade County
    Home Chemical Collections
    Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m.
    Locations: South Dade Landfill and Doral Landfill
    Contact: Marc Flaur mflaur5@miamidade.gov


Last updated: September 17, 2009

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