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Earth Friendly: Environmentally friendly partnering

By By Kate Garcia
March 28, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 27, 2013 at 10:28 p.m.


There is one quote that has been written on my white board at work for about three months now. I haven't erased it because I truly believe in it. It is said by one of my favorite people, Audrey Hepburn.

She says, "As you get older in life, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others."

Environmental services regularly partners with a couple of local nonprofits because we feel they are in line with our goals and serve a very important purpose in our community.

We are partnering with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office to help facilitate the annual drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the sheriff's office at 101 N. Glass St. Here, you will be able to dispose of and drop off any expired or unused medications with no questions asked.Why would we choose to participate in this event? Well, medications are considered hazardous waste and harmful to our landfill. If you remember, we do have a program that handles hazardous waste in the Victoria city limits called the household hazardous waste collection.

However, this program cannot handle controlled substances like the sheriff's office is able to. Keeping this material out of our landfill is important to its environmental health.

Keep Victoria Beautiful is another wonderful nonprofit we frequently partner with. Our missions complement each other nicely; therefore, we are always happy to lend them a hand. Their next event is one of their biggest cleanups of the year, the Great American Clean-Up.

This event takes place from 8 a.m. until the job is done April 6.

Volunteers will meet in the DeTar Hospital Navarro parking lot at 8 a.m. and head over to the Northern Heights neighborhood.

Keep Victoria Beautiful Executive Director Dian Denker Patterson urges volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes and old clothing. Safety vests, gloves, water, a Keep Victoria Beautiful T-shirt and lunch will be provided. Sponsoring this event along with the Keep Victoria Beautiful are the City of Victoria, DOW, Glad and Elite Services Remodeling Contractors.

Lastly, we are planning the second annual Idle Free Jamboree soap box races on April 13 near the Rose Garden in Riverside Park. This event promotes and educates the community about preserving our air quality in one of the most fun ways we could dream up.

Environmental services is also co-hosting an Earth Day Expo in collaboration with the Texas Zoo and the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department on April 26 and 27.

The Earth Day Expo, sponsored by First Victoria, will be at the Texas Zoo. Of course, we will include much more information about these fun, educational events as time draws nearer.

For more information about the drug take-back program, dea.org or call 361-485-3230.

For more information on the Great American Clean-Up, contact Dian Denker Patterson at 361-571-0582 or ed@keepvictoriabeautiful.com. You can find Victoria Environmental Services or Keep Victoria Beautiful on Facebook to receive up-to-date information.

Kate Garcia is the interim programs coordinator for the city of Victoria, Environmental Services.

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