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DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Compost bins, rain barrels for sale

Compost bins, rain barrels for sale

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Keep Roswell Beautiful, in conjunction with the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta, will host a backyard compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale on Saturday, May 14 in the parking lot of Roswell City Hall (38 Hill Street, 30075).

Rain barrels are $55, while compost bins are $45. They will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Norseman Environmental will be bringing more than 900 rain barrels and compost bins to the event.

All sales are final; cash, check, and Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

It's Drinking Water Week in Roswell

It's Drinking Water Week in Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Every year, the City of Roswell celebrates Drinking Water Week.

This series of events provides a unique opportunity to recognize the vital role that safe, clean water plays in everyone's lives.

This year's Drinking Water Week began on Sunday, May 1 and will end Saturday, May 7 at the Cecil B. Wood Water Treatment Plant (105 Dobbs Drive, 30075) with a Drinking Water Festival.

Activities include a tour of the plant, a water taste test, touch-a-truck, leak detection tips, food and giveaways. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more details, call 770-641-3707 or email waterefficiency@roswellgov.com.

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.

How to make a difference this Earth Day

How to make a difference this Earth Day

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, you  may be wondering what you can do to help support the environment. Here are some simple suggestions on how to give back to Mother Earth. If everyone adopts a few of these simple life changes – we can all make a difference this Earth Day.

  • Save Water: Skip pre-washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher – which could save up to 12.5 gallons of water a week. Skip the head-dry cycle and air-dry dishes.
  • Reduce Waste: Opt for a faucet or pitcher water filter rather than buying bottled water – which could keep thousands of water bottles out of landfills and save $600 a year per household. 
  • Save Energy: Wash laundry in cold water – which could save up to 80% of the energy used per load. Skip the dryer and opt to hang-drying laundry.

Hillside Elementary garden 'springs' to life

Hillside Elementary garden 'springs' to life

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Vegetables have begun to sprout in the gardens of Roswell's Hillside Elementary School.

Last fall, Ashley Ward's first grade class at Hillside planted a salad garden that included cabbage and broccoli. They used organic methods to care for their vegetables all winter.

However, after the snow and ice storms in December and January, it appeared that the broccoli didn't survive.

The concerned students sought advice from planting experts at Pike Nurseries, who encouraged them to give the broccoli some time to rebound. This patience and persistence paid off -- last week, when the students visited the garden, they were overjoyed to discover that their broccoli was still standing.

Mrs. Ward helped the students identify the plants that appeared to still be alive, but were actually rotten on the inside.

Children can play and learn about the environment

Children can play and learn about the environment

Earth Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a way to involve the kids, there is no better way than with the Earth Day Kids Fest at Chattahoochee Nature Center on April 16 from 10-3.

This is the 9th Annual Earth Day Kids Fest and is sponsored by Captain Planet Foundation and Chattahoochee Nature Center, in addition to being presented by Macy’s Foundation.    As the name would imply, the Earth Day festival is just for the kids.  It’s an event where there is lots of learning, but lots of fun too.