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Plug in to "America Recycles Day" by Dropping off Your Old Electronics 

It's October, and you know what that means. Holiday sales are well underway with ads for the newest phones, the latest gadgets and shiny PCs all aglow. If an upgrade is on your wish list, join for two free electronics recycling events Nov. 15 at Lowe's in Portsmouth and Nov. 16 at the York County Sports Complex. Held in conjunction with America Recycles Day and co-presented by VersAbility Resources, both events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and residents and businesses may bring up to one pickup truck full of electronic devices to be recycled.Mark your calendars and celebrate America Recycles Day with!

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

10 am - 2 pm

Lowe's Parking Lot

4040 Victory Blvd

Portsmouth, VA 23701

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

10 am - 2 pm

York County Sports Complex
4311 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692

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Go Team! Go Green. Let's Have a Cheer for the Clean Green Team!

Nothing beats a friendly tailgate party before the big game. With football season in full swing, there are plenty of games to celebrate! No matter what colors you choose to sport on game day, it's easy to make "green" the theme of your next tailgate. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help turn your next pregame party into an eco-friendly event.

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Share the ride.
Team up with your friends and carpool to the game to save on gas and car emissions.
Ditch the disposables.
Choose reusable plates, cups, tableware and decorations. A fabric tablecloth coordinating with your team's colors will create a fun atmosphere and it can be used again for future parties.
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Pack food/beverages in reusable containers.
The advantage to reusable containers is that they instantly turn from serving platters into storage containers so leftovers won't go to waste and cleanup is a cinch! And don't forget your water. Bring a reusable water bottle, filled with water from your tap, to reduce waste while you quench your thirst.
Green-up your clean-up.
Don't let the trash can become the end zone for your bottles, cans and other recyclables. Have a visible recycling receptacle handy at your tailgate party to collect recyclables and tote them home with you to be placed in the proper bin.

A Prescription for Proper Disposal

Take-Back Day is Oct. 26!

In order to protect our waterways from contamination and keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands, it is essential that we properly dispose of medication. As part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 26, law enforcement agencies across Hampton Roads will accept all prescription and over-the-counter medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Find the collection site nearest you by entering your zip code into the National Take-Back Initiative Collection Site Locator. The program is sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. If you can't make it out to one of the prescription drug collection sites on Oct. 26, has all the info on how to properly dispose of your expired, unused, or unwanted medication.

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