Editorial – Join spring cleanup Saturday morning

April 22, 2014

By Staff

Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.

It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.

More people are needed! There will be Top Pot donuts for early birds who show up at Hailstone Feed Store on Front Street at 9 a.m. to get safety vests and litter bags. While it’s best to call ahead to register at 391-1112, it’s OK to just show up. Students will be able to earn community service hours, too.

If you can’t join the brigade, do your part anytime year around. Pick up litter wherever you see it in town. Let’s keep Issaquah as beautiful as Mother Nature intended it to be.

 

Drug Take Back Day is April 26

We’ve all got them — a few pills in that prescription bottle and this bottle of pills that didn’t work. It’s a local and national problem — unused pills that could be dangerous to our children and pets.

We can all prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by getting rid of these unused prescriptions. Start gathering them now because there’s even a day for it — the National Take Back Initiative — this year on April 26.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can drop off those prescriptions at the Issaquah Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way. If you can’t make it then, the department accepts prescription drug drop-offs Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Bring your unwanted medicines in their original container, where you can pour them directly into a steel collection container. And never put drugs down the drain or the toilet. They will eventually reach our streams, rivers and seas, and impact our environment.

It is estimated that 33 million containers of pills go unused every year, just in Washington state. And about 18,000 people a year end up in our state’s hospital emergency rooms due to prescription drug overdoses.

The National Take Back Initiative is a three-way win — for our children, our families and our environment. Plus, you get a clean medicine cabinet out of the deal.

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