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Lantana ready to go green

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Lantana residents can safely dispose of hazardous household waste and promote planet-healthy lifestyles and habits during the upcoming Earth Day event.

Lantana will be hosting its Earth Day event on Saturday, Apr. 26, at the North Amenity Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Denton County Fresh Water Supply District #6 Board President Jim VanVickle will oversee the event for the third time. The last event was held in April 2012.

“It came about after a few residents attending a fresh water supply district meeting suggested a cleanup day, due to all the construction trash that was accumulating,” said VanVickle. “Although the initial idea was strictly a cleanup, it quickly morphed into an Earth Day-type event, mainly due to the overwhelming support and participation from residents and local vendors.”

In addition to waste disposal, residents will also be able to drop off bulk items, like couches and mattresses. Families who are doing their “spring cleaning” should consider bringing their garbage to this event if they want to get rid of their trash in an eco-friendly manner.

As the community grows, Lantana has been making efforts to become greener.

“We increased the size of the recycle bins to accommodate more material,” said VanVickle. “We are beginning to use more native plants that require less water or maintenance at the entrances of our subdivisions.”

Gold Landscaping will also be giving away free trees to the first 100 families at the Earth Day event to spread the idea of increased landscaping for Lantana. But, there will be more than just those trees planted, according to VanVickle.

“In addition to the trees that Gold’s will provide for residents, we have raised money to purchase [and] plant many trees within our community,” said VanVickle. “We have had many generous donations this year and I’m super excited about the trees we will be able to plant this year as a result.”

Cash donors include Forestar Group, Huitt-Zollars, Clay Crawford, Republic Property Group, Highland Homes and Honda of Denton.

One of the biggest components of the event– the hazardous household waste disposal– offers residents a safe opportunity to dispose of otherwise environmentally-harmful products.

Residents are encouraged to coordinate with their neighbors to maximize the effectiveness of the program. Trucks will be staged to collect and consolidate the items. Contact Bill Featherstone at wfeather@airmail.net for more details.

Examples of hazardous waste accepted for disposal include, but are not limited to: pesticides; herbicide; fertilizers; fungicide; gasoline; motor oil; antifreeze; brake fluid; paint; and, aerosol cans.

DFW Reclaimers will be on hand to recycle computers and electronics, including old appliances and all types of batteries. There will be an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription medicine, old vitamins and over-the-counter medications. A document shredder will be available at no cost to residents.

“It’s always shocking how much stuff we accumulate in our homes and garages that would be unsafe or harmful to dispose of via our regular trash service,” said VanVickle. “By having an avenue that is quick and easy for our residents to dispose of such material, we hope to reduce and eliminate what might otherwise end up in the regular trash.”

There will be several other events, too: CoServ will be on hand to give a demonstration of electrical safety; local bike shop, Cadence Cyclery, will provide cycling tips and perform complementary minor adjustments; Honda of Denton will show off their fuel-efficient, low emission vehicles; and a local restaurant will provide food.

The Lantana Ladies League will provide earth-friendly activities for kids, and the Boy Scouts will host a cleanup for Lantana hike and bike trails.

Residents who are interested in volunteering, or who have questions, should contact VanVickle at jrvicker@yahoo.com.

WHAT: Lantana Earth Day

WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: North Amenity Center parking lot, 11555 Lantana Trail

DETAILS: Activities include:
-Gold Landscape – Free trees for the first 100 residents
-Lantana Ladies League – Hosting an earth-friendly kids activity
-Denton County-Household hazardous waste disposal
-Waste Management – Providing a dumpster for all bulk, non-hazardous materials.
-Co-Serv – Electrical arcing/safety demo
-Denton County Sheriff – Prescription medication collection
-Liberty Christian School – Displaying their solar car
-Boy Scouts – Cleanup of the hike and bike trails
-DFW Reclaimers – Electronics recycle and hard drive destruction
-Document Shredder at no charge to residents
-Cadence Cyclery – Bicycle tips and minor adjustments
-Seven Mile Cafe and Lantana Golf Club will provide complimentary snacks and beverages
-Honda of Denton – Displaying vehicles and raffling prizes
-Vendors will be on hand touting sustainability programs

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