Monday, December 30, 2013

Cleaning Up, Clearing Out

Christmas Tree still up?  As many are cleaning up from the holidays or will be, here's more information for disposing of your tree.  If you'd prefer to recycle your tree into your own yard, try adding it in your compost pile or starting a new one.  Resources like "how to compost" by Columbia Springs can help you get started or maybe you'll learn something new for your existing pile.

Speaking of recycling, are you making a resolution to recycle more in the new year or just to make the most of the yucky weather by getting an early jump on the spring cleaning?  There is a free collection event on Saturday, January 4th.  Get rid of block foam or electronics, click here for more about the event.

Looking to get rid of something else?  Try the Recycling A-Z page. "The Clark County Green Neighbors program is a new and exciting way for you to learn about green events in your area and discover how you can live a more sustainable life." -Clark County Environmental Services

Friday, October 25, 2013

Serving Safe & Healthy Foods

Those summer get-togethers, bbq's and block parties will have to wait for next year because fall is here.  You know what that means...food!  Get ready for those church potlucks, family gatherings and office holiday parties with these tips for serving safe and healthy foods at private community events. 

It's recommended that all food handlers get a food worker card to increase food safety at events.  Some events do require a license or permit.  For more information about food safety, including a link for food safety recalls, please visit the food page for Clark County Public Health

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Native Plant Sale

Fall brings many colors to the Pacific Northwest's plants and trees.  It is also pre-order time for Clark Conservation District's Annual Native Plant Sale.  Plants sell for .80 to $2.00 each and will be available for pickup late February.  Contact  360-883-1987 ext. 110 or dsmee@clarkccd.org to be added to the list.  Learn more about Clark Conservation District by visiting their website.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Make A Difference Day: "The Butt Stops Here"

This Saturday, the 3rd Annual "The Butt Stops Here" cleanup event is taking place to remove cigarette butts and other litter from our parks.  As part of Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of community service, volunteers will gather to do various service work in their own communities including our local effort "The Butt Stops Here".

Volunteers can sign up online.  Lunch for the volunteers, courtesy of Blind Onion will be served afterwards (1pm).

Friday, October 18, 2013

Rx Drug Take Back

Don't flush your medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash.  Dispose of unused or out-of-date prescription drugs safely!  Two drop-off locations will be open Saturday, October 26th from 10am-2pm to take back controlled and non-controlled substances.  How much was collected earlier this year?  Find out how much was collected right here in Clark County in April.

Here is a quick link to overall safe disposal of medications.  The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington accepts specific medication donations and participating pharmacies take back non-controlled substances.  Sheriff and Police Departments take back controlled substances. 

We encourage you to learn more about the Prevent! Coalition of Clark County and their extensive list of resources.   Even more information is just another click away, including more about the national initiative.