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DEP's Collection Event Makes Protecting the Environment Easy

~Collection event keeps a ton of resources out of landfills thanks to community participation~

JACKSONVILLE ? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosted its second Easy As One regional collection event this past weekend at Jacksonville?s Riverside Arts Market. At the event, 1,800 pounds of paper were shredded and recycled by UltraShred Technologies, Inc.; more than 2,000 retail plastic bags were collected and recycled; and 61 used cell phones and 40 chargers were collected and donated to the Hubbard House.

?This collection event is an example of how one simple action can generate a profound impact on the environment and society,? said DEP Deputy Secretary Mimi Drew. ?Not only were thousands of plastic bags and nearly a ton of paper removed from the waste stream and recycled properly, but a charitable organization will benefit from the donation of unwanted cell phones.?

People who brought 15 or more bags for recycling received a reusable shopping bag donated by Wal-Mart. Those who donated a cell phone or charger or brought paper for recycling received a day pass to any Florida State Park.

Easy actions to help protect the environment beyond recycling plastic bags, cell phones and paper are available on the Easy As One blog, www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne. In addition, many retail stores have implemented recycling programs to make recycling easy for their shoppers. To find a plastic bag recycling location, go to www.abagslife.com. Visit www.Earth911.com for information on recycling paper and many other items such as computer monitors, toner cartridges, CFLs and televisions.

Easy As One - Ordinary actions. Extraordinary results. is an environmental awareness campaign by DEP that highlights easy actions each one of us can take to make sustainable practices part of our daily lives at home, at school, at work and at play. As the lead agency in state government for environmental management and stewardship, DEP encourages citizens to adopt green habits that protect Florida?s air and water quality, conserve water and reduce waste. A sustainable Florida depends on the collective efforts of citizens, groups, businesses, industry and government.

Images from the event are on the Easy As One blog, www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne, or are available upon request. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne.

Easy as One Collection Event

"This collection event is an example of how one simple action can generate a profound impact on the environment and society."

Mimi Drew
DEP Deputy Secretary



Last updated: May 23, 2012

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