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Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge 2008: Go green and head to a drop-off in
your area for e-waste and old meds


  Release date: 04/10/2008


  Contact Information: Karen Thompson, 312-353-8547,
  thompson.karen@epa.gov Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218,
  cannon.phillippa@epa.gov



  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  No. 08-OPA055

  (Chicago, Ill. - Apr. 10, 2008) Almost everyone has a garage,
  basement, closet, drawer or medicine cabinet just waiting for an
  overhaul and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is promoting Earth
  Month as the perfect time to go green and spring clean.

  So far, more than 70 organizations, communities and businesses across
  the Great Lakes basin have stepped up and responded to EPA's Great
  Lakes Earth Day Challenge to collect and properly dispose of old
  electronics or "e-waste" and unused, expired or unwanted medicine.
  EPA's goal is to collect at least 1 million pounds of electronic waste
  and 1 million pills to keep contaminants out of the Great Lakes.

  "EPA is counting on thousands of people in the Great Lakes basin to do
  their part and find a nearby collection event where they can safely
  get rid of their old electronics and unused medicine," said EPA Great
  Lakes National Program Manager and Region 5 Administrator Mary A.
  Gade. "It's a win-win situation for the public and for the Great Lakes
  ecosystem. This is an easy way for everyone to take part in protecting
  the Great Lakes."

  The Great Lakes are an irreplaceable treasure. They are the largest
  source of fresh drinking water on earth and vital to commerce and
  recreation in the upper Midwest. Responsible recycling and disposal of
  unwanted electronics and medicine will prevent contaminants from
  polluting the Great Lakes basin.

  To find a collection event, go to the Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge
  Web site www.epa.gov/greatlakes/earthday2008

  Also, anyone can go to EPA's blog and share ideas:
  http://flowoftheriver.epa.gov/greatlakeschallenge
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