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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2010
CONTACT: Kristin Lock (850) 245-2112, (850) 778-7294 (cell)

Hundreds Participate in DEP and Operation Medicine Cabinet Collection Event in Orlando

~Residents learn about protecting the environment and public safety while recycling retail plastic bags and properly disposing of unwanted medications~

ORLANDO – Leading up to America Recycles Day on November 15, Operation Medicine Cabinet and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Easy As One initiative hosted a collection event today in Orlando. At the event, more than 100 retail plastic bags were collected and recycled; 10 used cell phones and 10 chargers were collected and donated to charity; and more than 70 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines were gathered for safe and proper disposal.

“Hundreds of Floridians illustrated at today’s event how easy individual actions have extraordinary results,” said DEP’s Director of Sustainable Initiatives Brad Stombock. “Educating, encouraging and facilitating proper disposal, recycling and donation of plastic bags, medications and cell phones protects Florida’s environment.”

Proper disposal of unwanted medications is important to public safety since wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove many types of medications. Residents can contaminate groundwater supply and drinking water by flushing drugs down the toilet or pouring medications down the sink. All of the drugs collected from today’s event will be destroyed properly by incineration.

People who brought 20 or more bags for recycling, donated a cell phone or disposed of medicine received a free day pass to any Florida State Park. The event was coordinated by DEP and Perma-Fix of Orlando as part of an in-kind settlement.

For those who were unable to attend the 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.

About Easy As One
Easy As One - Ordinary actions. Extraordinary results. is an environmental awareness initiative 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.

About America Recycles Day
Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation recognizing November 15 as America Recycles Day in Florida. The proclamation encourages residents to adopt more sustainable habits, sign a recycling pledge card and strive to meet the 75 percent statewide recycling goal by 2020. Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

For more information
Easy As One - www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne or www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne
America Recycles Day – www.AmericaRecyclesDay.org 

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"Hundreds of Floridians illustrated at today’s event how easy individual actions have extraordinary results."

Brad Stombock
DEP’s Director of Sustainable Initiatives

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Last updated: November 16, 2010

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