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Orlando DEP, A Bag's Life Collection Event Huge Success

ORLANDO (Sept. 18, 2010) – Kicking off the 20th Anniversary of National Pollution Prevention Week (P2 Week) the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Easy As One initiative along with the Orange County Expressway Authority and A Bag’s Life today hosted a collection event in Orlando at the Amway Arena.

At the event, more than 27 tons of paper were shredded and recycled; more than 4,700 retail plastic bags and 55,000 pounds of electronics were collected and properly recycled; and more than 400 used cell phones and 600 chargers were collected to be donated to an Orlando area charity.
 
“Today’s event is a reminder of how simple daily actions collectively can produce extraordinary results,” said DEP’s Director of Sustainable Initiatives, Brad Stombock. “The collection of tons of papers, thousands of bags and hundreds of electronics to be reused or recycled properly, prevents these materials from polluting Florida’s environment.”
 
People who brought 20 or more bags for recycling received a reusable shopping bag courtesy of A Bag’s Life. Those who donated a cell phone or charger or brought paper or electronics for recycling received a day pass to any Florida State Park or microfiber cloth.
 
Today’s event kicked off DEP’s celebration of P2 Week, Sept. 20-26, an annual event highlighting the importance of pollution prevention. Throughout the week DEP’s Easy As One and Sustainable Initiatives will host various events statewide. These include collection events at National Drug Take-Back locations, Easy As One collection events, a Clean Marina designation ceremony and workshop, and International Coastal Cleanup events.

For those who are unable to attend an event there are many ways to properly recycle retail plastic bags, unwanted electronics 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.

About P2 Week
National Pollution Prevention 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.

About A Bag's Life
A Bag’s Life is Florida’s awareness campaign to encourage reduce, recycle and reuse of free plastic bags and materials like dry cleaning and bread bags, and the wraps on items like paper towels or cases of bottled water. It includes an interactive website (www.abagslife.com) and app with more than 1,700 plastic bag recycling drop-off sites located by zip code. Demonstrating what public and private groups can accomplish by working together, A Bag’s Life is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Recycling Partnership, Florida Retail Federation, Recycle Florida Today and the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council.

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