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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2010
CONTACT: Kristin Lock (850) 245-2112, (850) 778-7294 (cell)

It’s a Wrap! Pollution Prevention Week Goes Out with a Bag

~Statewide collection events a huge success in honor of National Pollution Prevention Week and National Drug Take-Back Day~

TALLAHASSEE – Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Easy As One initiative along with the A Bag’s Life and multiple Florida law enforcement agencies hosted collection events throughout the state recognizing National Pollution Prevention Week and National Drug Take-Back Day.

Nine events held from Pensacola to Fort Myers collected nearly 2,200 retail plastic bags to be properly recycled; more than 120 used cell phones and 140 chargers to be donated to charity and 730 pounds and 220 bottles of unwanted or expired medications to be properly disposed or destroyed.

“The high turnout at today’s events shows how easy individual actions can have a profound impact on Florida’s environment,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Brad Stombock. “Preventing thousands of plastic bags and hundreds of cell phones and chargers entering the waste stream protects our environment; and the collection of numerous medications protects Florida’s water quality.”

Participants in today’s events received a reusable shopping bag, microfiber cloth or day pass to any Florida State Park. Today’s statewide collection events included:

  • Junior Museum of Bay County Safety Day
    Junior Museum of Bay County
    308 Airport Road - Panama City, Florida

  • International Coastal Cleanup Collection Event
    Life Guard Station - Beach Boulevard Walk Over
    Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – Northwest Florida
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    4497 Mobile Highway - Pensacola, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – Northwest Florida CVS
    2090 South Highway 29 - Cantonment, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – Northeast Florida
    10503 San Jose Boulevard - Jacksonville, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – Central Florida
    1705 US 1 - Vero Beach, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – Southwest Florida
    The Shops at Wiregrass
    28211 Paseo Drive - Wesley Chapel, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – South Florida
    Edison State College Student Life Lobby
    8099 College Parkway - Fort Myers, Florida
  • National Drug Take-Back – Southeast Florida
    Lantana Police Department
    500 Greynolds Circle - Lantana, Florida

For those who were unable to attend an event, many retail grocery stores have implemented plastic bag 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 and televisions. DEP also offers information on how to properly dispose of unwanted medications.

About P2 Week
P2 Week is an annual event highlighting the importance of pollution prevention. Pollution prevention is a proactive approach that eliminates or reduces pollution at its source - through water conservation, energy efficiency, minimizing the usage of raw materials and green cleaning. Recognizing P2 Week is an opportunity for government to join with schools, businesses and citizens to protect the environment and work toward a sustainable future, by providing education and outreach to promote conservation and pollution prevention.

About Easy As One
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.

For More Information
Easy As One: www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne  or www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne
A Bag’s Life: www.abagslife.com
Pollution Prevention Week: www.epa.gov/p2week
National Drug Take-Back Day: www.justice.gov/dea 


"The high turnout at today’s events shows how easy individual actions can have a profound impact on Florida’s environment."

Brad Stombock
DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives



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