County Health Fair goes green
Recycling and proper disposal of unwanted medicine available
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[March 31, 2009]
The Logan County Community
Health Fair is going green this year. This year's theme, "Going
Green ... Healthy Earth, Healthy You," will emphasize positive
habits that affect both your health and the environment. The health
fair will offer health screenings to the public on Saturday from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District Sports Complex. The
screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density
and body mass indexes. In addition, the health fair will offer
residents the opportunity to recycle a variety of different items in
an environmentally friendly and responsible manner.
Expired or unwanted medications, both prescription and
over-the-counter, will be gathered through an unwanted medication
collection. Medications must be in the original container with
label. Participants are asked to use a black marker to cover their
name to ensure privacy. All of the medications will be destroyed by
incineration under the supervision of the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency. Residents are reminded that it is no longer
acceptable to dispose of any medication by flushing it down the
toilet, as related chemical compounds are now being detected in
ground water samples.
Mercury thermometers and mercury blood pressure cuffs will also
be collected at the health fair. Liquid mercury contained in these
items poses a health risk. Please transport these items in a sealed
container to reduce the risk of breakage and potential exposure. A
collection station will be located outside the entrance of the
health fair to collect these materials. Compact florescent bulbs
will also be collected. Since these bulbs contain a small amount of
mercury, it is recommended that bulbs not be disposed of with
There will be a glass collection in the front parking lot at
Lincoln Community High School from 9 a.m. to noon. Only container
glass will be accepted, meaning glass that originally contained
either a food or beverage product. Participants will need to remove
all plastic and metal caps and rings from the container. All colors
of glass are accepted and do not have to be sorted. The glass
recycling program does not accept ceramics, dishware, light bulbs,
window glass or mirror. The glass recycling will be canceled in the
event of inclement weather.
Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be collected by the Lions Club
for distribution to visually and hearing-impaired individuals in the
U.S. and around the world. New, used, damaged or broken eyeglasses
and hearing aids will be accepted.
Cell phones, working and non-working, will be collected for
donation to Sojourn Women's Center. Cell phones will be reprogrammed
and provided to victims of domestic violence for use in emergency
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Containers will be provided on-site at the health fair for the
collection of plastic grocery bags.
Laser and ink-jet printer cartridges will be collected by
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois. Proceeds from
recycling the printer cartridges will be used to supplement ongoing
programs for low-income individuals, households, children and
Healthy Communities parish nurses will collect tabs from aluminum
cans for donation to the area's Ronald McDonald House.
This year's Logan County Community Health Fair offers something
for everyone; whether your goal is maintain or improve your health
or to complete some spring cleaning and dispose of items in an
environmentally friendly way.
For additional information on health screenings, contact Marcia
Dowling of Logan County Department of Public Health at 735-2317.
With recycling questions, contact Mitzi Rohlfs, Logan County Joint
Solid Waste Agency, at 732-9636.
[Text from file received from Mitzi Rohlfs, Logan County Joint
Solid Waste Agency]