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Bring One for the Chipper -- and bring your electronics too

Bring One for the Chipper -- and bring your electronics too

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Johns Creek is expanding its Christmas tree recycling program to include other items.

In addition to trees, Bring One for the Chipper will accept electronics, cardboard, clothing, cooking oil and fluorescent light bulbs.

This year's event will be Saturday, Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johns Creek Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Road.

The Davey Tree Expert Company will chip the Christmas trees into mulch, which will then be used for playgrounds, wildlife habitats and other public beautification projects.

Johns Creek residents are also encouraged to bring their old computers, monitors, printers, laptops, keyboards, mice, cords, stereos, copy machines, cell phones, telephones, batteries, cardboard, clothing, shoes, fluorescent tubes and used cooking oil.

The clothing and shoes will be donated to charity, while all other items will be recycled.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

(WXIA) -- Do you still have your Christmas tree? Pike Nurseries is holding a tree recycling event through the end of January.

Customers can bring their live trees to any Pike Nurseries location until Jan. 31. The trees will be chipped and recycled; Pike Nurseries plans to turn Christmas trees into compost and other environmentally friendly materials.

Pike Nurseries will also come to customers' homes and pick up their trees for $50.

To find your nearest Pike, visit pikenursery.com.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Medlock Bridge ES Girl Scouts support Clean Air Campaign

Medlock Bridge ES Girl Scouts support Clean Air Campaign

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A troop of Girl Scouts from Medlock Bridge Elementary School is doing its part to make the air around their school safer to breathe.

The scouts created campaigns, lobbied for school policy changes and encouraged parents and bus drivers not to idle while waiting in front of the building.

Thanks to the girls' efforts, the Johns Creek school is now a Clean Air Certified School through the Clean Air Campaign.

Learn more about the Clean Air Campaign at cleanaircampaign.com.

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.

 

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

ATLANTA -- According to the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences, although radon is present throughout the environment, when high levels of radon enter a home or building, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can easily be discovered and corrected.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to concerned homeowners to identify potential harm from the dangerous radioactive gas.

“Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A radon test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home.”