OKAHUMPKA — Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell is encouraging the community to attend an Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Covanta Energy waste-to-energy facility, located at 3830 Rogers Industrial Park Road, Okahumpka.
"As we look at ways to conserve and protect Lake County's natural resources, it is crucial that everyone is aware of the challenges facing our environment and involved in activities to protect it," Cadwell said.
The celebration will kick off at 1 p.m. with an Earth Day public addresses from several officials, including Commissioner Cadwell. From 2 to 5 p.m., an open house and tours will be given of the facility. The event also includes displays about recycling, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and information about clean technologies, biofuels, solar energy, and alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles.
From 1 to 3 p.m., the Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be at the event. The mobile unit gives residents an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste near their community. The service provided by the mobile unit is available free of charge to Lake County residents. Items accepted by the mobile unit include:
• Poisons, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers and insecticides
• Used motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, gasoline, diesel fuel, antifreeze, Freon, kerosene, one-pound propane bottles and automobile batteries
• Paint, paint thinners, paint strippers and wood preservatives
• Aerosols cans and fire extinguishers
• Rechargeable household batteries including button batteries
• Swimming pool and spa chemicals
• Fluorescent light bulbs, thermostat switches and other mercury-containing devices
• Household chemicals and cleaners
For more information about the Earth Day Celebration, call (352) 365-1611 ext. 223.