Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service

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General Books, 2011 - 26 pages
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Original publisher: Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Solid Waste and Emergency Response, 2001. OCLC Number: (OCoLC)47366999 Subject: Volunteers -- United States. Excerpt: ... cmmty-service_final.qxd 5 / 3 / 01 11: 10 AM Page 17 Grassroots Efforts Blossom Into County-Sponsored Program City of Tucson / Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program: Tucson, Arizona esidents from the city of Tucson and the larger area of Pima County, Arizona, are more than just participants in the city's recycling program - they are the recycling program. Not only did volunteers in this community start the initial R recycling program, but they also initiated a household hazardous waste ( HHW ) col-lection program. The idea for HHW collection began in Tucson in 1986 when a group of citizen volunteers joined together to pro-tect children's health and the environment from hazardous materials.The volunteers held their first collec-tion in the parking lot of the Tucson Convention Center. Due to the overwhelming participation and interest in the program, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality stepped in to lend support and launched the official HHW program in 1989. The county created several permanent staff positions to operate the program, and in 1990, it opened a permanent collection facility for the community.To further increase participation, the county later opened several satellite collection sites throughout the Tucson metropolitan area. Volunteers still play a vital role in implement-ing the program. In fact, in recent years, more than Contact: 170 volunteers participated - either by greeting Frank Bonea people at the collection sites, helping people City of Tucson / Pima County unload their vehicles, or processing materials for Household Hazardous Waste recycling, reuse, redistribution, and safe treatment Program and disposal. In addition to their on-site work, vol-unteers provide education programs to public 130 W. Congress school children ...

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