MOUNT DORA — To kick off National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week during the third of week of September, the Lake County Department of Environmental Services is hosting a P2 event on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mount Dora Wal-Mart, located at 17030 U.S. Highway 441.
The event will include a display of hybrid cars available on the market, as well as an experimental hydrogen-powered vehicle currently deployed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
In addition to the array of energy efficient vehicles, the Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be on hand to collect unwanted chemicals (paint, motor oil, gasoline, propane tanks, antifreeze, car batteries, household batteries, lawn chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosol cans, pool chemicals and pesticides) from local residents. Lake County households can also drop-off unwanted electronics to the new Lake County E-cycling Mobile Unit.
Also on display will be special operations equipment from the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, and new, technologically advanced solid waste collection units from the County’s contracted haulers.
A highlight of the event for children will be a guest appearance by “Recycle Man.” This environmentally sensitive superhero will adorn his famous cape and take photos with event-goers. Recycle Man will be handing out brochures, recyclable toys and other “green” giveaways.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of Sept. 18 as Pollution Prevention Week in Lake County at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 5. National Pollution Prevention Week is an opportunity for individuals, businesses and government to emphasize and highlight pollution prevention and sustainability activities, expand current pollution prevention efforts and commit to new actions.
“We want the citizens to see what is available for pollution prevention and, ultimately, we want to make them more aware,” said Emilio Bruna, Special Projects Administrator for the Lake County Department of Environmental Services.
For more information about the P2 event, call the Lake County Department of Environmental Services at (352) 343-3776.