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Help Lake County 'corral' pollution at national prevention week event on Sept. 22 in Eustis

RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2007

EUSTIS — The Lake County Department of Environmental Services is presenting the "Let's Lasso Pollution" expo on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Company, located at 100 Ardice Ave. in Eustis.

"The expo will help promote National Pollution Prevention Week, which is from Sept. 17-23," said Daryl Smith, Director of the Lake County Department of Environmental Services. "Preventing pollution before it becomes a problem is one of the best ways to solve any waste problems in Lake County."

Various children's activities are planned for the expo, including the always-popular "Pollution Prevention Posse." This rag-tag group of cowboys and outlaws aims to teach children the importance of recycling and not littering.

The expo will feature a host of informational booths from various agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Lake County Water Authority, Lake County Health Department, Lake County Library Services and Covanta Energy.

Services that will be provided will include soil testing provided by the Lake County Extension Office and collection of household hazardous waste provided by the Lake County mobile unit. The mobile unit collects household hazardous waste, such as paint, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients that require special care during disposal.

When bringing household hazardous waste to the expo, it is recommended that it be kept in its original container. If the container is leaking, put it in a new container and mark any unlabeled containers. Transport household hazardous waste in the rear of the vehicle and do not store in the vehicle for extended periods.

In addition, the expo will feature a display of hybrid vehicles from Advantage Chrysler-Dodge, Phillips Toyota, Prestige Ford and Vann Gannaway Chevrolet. Leesburg radio station WLBE (790 AM) will also be broadcasting live from the event.

For more information about the "Let's Lasso Pollution" expo, call the Lake County Department of Environmental Services at (352) 343-3776.

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