Agencies to host eWaste recycling in Bristol on Nov. 3

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eWaste tends to be highly toxic to humans, plants and animals, and has been known to contaminate water, air, and soil. Wisconsin state law established the E-Cycle Wisconsin program to collect and recycle certain electronic devices. The law banned certain electronics from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators after September 1st, 2010. The law established registered collection sites where consumers can drop unwanted electronics which then are sold to recyclers and broken down for their component recyclable parts.

A free eWaste recycling event will be held in the parking lot of the Kenosha County Center at 19600 – 75th Street, in Bristol on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8 am to 11 am.  Items to dispose of include: televisions, computers, laptops, printers, scanners, tablet pc’s, home phones, cell phones, handheld electronic games, electronic medical equipment, and circuit board-based equipment. In general, anything with a cord.

This event is sponsored by:  Kenosha and Racine Counties Land Conservation, Kenosha/Milwaukee/Racine Counties Farm Service Agency & Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Seno Center, Caledonia Conservancy, and UW-Cooperative Extension. Please take advantage of this free eWaste recycling event.

With your participation you can continue to keep dangerous materials out of our environment and dispose of them properly.

For more information on proper disposal for eWaste, see the Wisconsin DNR website at: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/aw/wm/ewaste/ or email questions to the DNR at: DNRWAe- cycling@Wisconsin.gov.

UW-Cooperative Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA. To ensure equal access, please make requests for reasonable accommodations to any of the above mentioned persons.

Planting the fall vegetable garden

Visit the teaching gardens at Prairie Springs Park and learn how to extend your vegetable garden through fall by planting cool season vegetables.  Come and ask questions about your home garden or yard.

Barb Larson, Kenosha County UW-Extension Horticulture Educator, and Master Gardener volunteers will be at Prairie Springs Park, right by the baseball field on the west side of Lake Andrea on Tuesday, the 14th of August.  The talk begins at 5:30 p.m., and they will be around for questions until about 6:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners to address hot weather gardening

Visit the teaching gardens at Prairie Springs Park and see what area Master Gardeners planted, why they planted it and learn some things that you might not know. Come and ask any questions that you may have in regards to your home garden or just for the knowledge. Barb Larson, Kenosha County UW-Extension Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener volunteers will be at Prairie Springs Park, right by the baseball field on the west side of Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie on Tuesday, July 10. The theme for the short talk is going to be “Gardening in the Hot Weather,” but the experts will answer any questions you may have. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. and the experts will be around for questions until about 7 p.m.

Kenosha County Youth As Resources grant deadline is April 11

Looking for money for your next community service or service learning project? Kenosha County Youth As Resources (YAR), a program dedicated to youth empowerment, is seeking youth-led groups to apply for grant funds of up to $500 for their next service project.

A simple two-page application form and a short presentation to YAR board members are all that are required to qualify for grant funds. The next grant deadline is Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Presentations for grant applicants will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m., at the Kenosha County Administration Building.

Only groups who have submitted a grant application will be able to present their project. This is the final granting cycle until Fall.

Applications and details about YAR and YAR grants are available at the UW-Extension Office in the Kenosha County Center, 19600 – 75th Street, in Bristol, or at the Youth As Resources website: www.kenoshacountyyar.org.

Kenosha County YAR is a program of Kenosha County University of Wisconsin-Extension in partnership with the United Way of Kenosha County. For more information, please contact Kenosha County YAR at (262) 857-1945, or email at yar@kenoshacounty.org.

UW-Extension has pharmaceutical disposal program

In August, the University of Wisconsin-Extension launched a new pharmaceutical mail-back program in an effort to safely prevent unwanted medications from entering the Great Lakes or being abused in Wisconsin homes. Called “Get the Meds Out,” this program provides free postage-paid padded envelopes to participating pharmacies, senior centers, and county health departments in the 36 Wisconsin Great Lakes watershed counties, including Kenosha County. Residents can use the envelopes to mail unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs to a central location where they will be safely destroyed.

Wisconsin’s “Get the Meds Out” program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program is scheduled to run through September, 2012.

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