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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2010
CONTACT: Kristin Lock (850) 245-2112, (850) 778-7294 (cell)

DEP and a Bag's Life Host Collection Event at the Villages Government Day

~Event commemorates individuals who built one of Florida’s first state parks~

THE VILLAGES – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Easy As One initiative along with A Bag’s Life today hosted a collection event at The Villages Government Day. At the event, nearly 3,000 pounds of paper were shredded and recycled by Secure On-Site Shredding and more than 500 retail plastic bags were collected and properly recycled.

“Today hundreds of residents learned about Florida’s environment and easy ways to protect it,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Brad Stombock. “The collection of tons of paper and hundreds of retail plastic bags to be recycled rather than sent to the landfill is a reminder of how simple daily actions collectively can produce extraordinary results,”

Today’s event represented the 14th annual Government Day in The Villages. The event educates residents about services offered by local and state government agencies. Attendees who brought 20 or more bags for recycling received a reusable shopping bag courtesy of A Bag’s Life. Those who brought paper for recycling received a day pass to any Florida State Park.

“The Villages Community prides itself on being great stewards of the environment,” said John Rohan, The Villages Director of Recreation. “DEP allowed us yet another opportunity to participate in this endeavor of recycling for the betterment of protecting and preserving our precious resources. We look forward to a continued partnership for future recycling opportunities.”

There are many ways to properly recycle retail plastic bags and paper. Many retail grocery stores have implemented plastic bag recycling programs to make recycling easy for their shoppers. To find a plastic bag recycling location in Florida, go to www.abagslife.com. Earth 911, www.Earth911.com, also provides information and locations for recycling paper and many other items such as computer monitors, toner cartridges and televisions.

“Retailers like Sweetbay, which offered free totes to those who recycled plastic bags at this event, recognize the important role they have to play in Florida’s recycling policies, and they embrace that role with enthusiasm,” said Samantha Hunter Padgett Florida Retail Federation Sustainability Council Executive Coordinator. “Our partnership with A Bag’s Life takes those efforts one step further by making it easy for customers to locate the nearest recycling opportunity at their favorite local retailer.”

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
The Villages: www.thevillages.com 

girls recycling plastic bags

"Today hundreds of residents learned about Florida’s environment and easy ways to protect it."

Brad Stombock
DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives

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Last updated: November 08, 2010

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