A Convenient Way to a Cleaner, Greener County

February 18, 2011 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

What brings together an environmental agency, law enforcement and a recycling campaign? That would be the Lee County collection events held last week that gave residents an easy way to recycle their old cell phones, retail plastic bags and unwanted medications.

DEP’s Easy As One initiative, along with Lee County Sheriff’s Office ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’ and A Bag’s Life campaign hosted five events at five locations from February 8 through 12. Expired medications, both prescription and over the counter, along with syringes and other medical supplies were collected by Lee County Sheriffs with astounding results.

According to Stacey Payne, Lee County Sheriff’s Community Relations Manager, over the course of the five days the department collected 383,483 pills, 513 ointments and creams, 3,015 patches, 32,020 syringes, 1,142 inhalers and 2,412 liquid meds. One prescription took the record as the oldest ever collected – it was from 1964.

DEP collected hundreds of plastic bags and dozens of cell phones, chargers, cell phone batteries and stray chargers, all of which will be recycled, then handed out hundreds of free State Park passes to those who donated their broken and outdated phones.

Also on hand were the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention and K-9 Units, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Explorers and Volunteers, Abby Home Care Services, K-consulting, Brookdale Senior Living, Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership, Delta Family Counseling, Lee Memorial Blood Mobile, McGruff the Crime Dog and The American Red Cross. While recycling their unwanted items, attendees could meet a member of the K-9 unit and its handler, try the Impaired Driving Goggles exercise challenges, have their blood pressure checked by Abby Services, donate blood at the Lee Memorial Blood Mobile or have their kids fingerprints taken. Convenient and good for the environment all at the same time – now that’s easy!

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