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Turn in mercury-containing thermostats, thermometers for gift cards at Green Fair

RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2009

TAVARES — Fairgoers to the Second Annual Lake County Green Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. can turn in mercury-containing thermostats and thermometers for a $5 gift card to Wal-Mart.

The Mercury Bounty Program is sponsored by Covanta Energy. Mercury presents a health hazard to humans and is harmful to the environment. The goal of the program is to get mercury out of homes. A broken thermometer can expose a family to the dangerous substance.

The Green Fair at Wooton Park in Tavares features free admission and will showcase educational programs and informative displays that highlight best practices in environmental issues. In addition, the Green Fair will offer a farmer’s market, free boat rides, children’s activities, food vendors and vehicle displays.

For children, the Green Fair will feature a rock climbing wall, human gyroscopes and a face painter. A green passport will also be available at the Lake County Green Team booth that children can take around to various booths to complete a scavenger hunt for a free T-shirt.

Sponsors of the Lake County Green Fair are Covanta Lake, Progress Energy, Lake County Department of Health, Lake Jem Farms, Green Directories USA, Waste Management, Florida Planning and Zoning Association, CDM, First Green Bank, Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, LPG Urban & Regional Planners, O’Keefe’s Restaurant, SECO, City of Tavares, Tavares Chamber of Commerce and Lake County Board of County Commissioners.

For more information about the Lake County Green Fair, call (352) 343-9647 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/green_fair.

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