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How You Can Be Earth Friendly this Spring

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Earth Day is April 22, so environmental groups met Thursday to talk about what we can do to better protect the Ozarks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Earth Day is April 22, so environmental groups met Thursday to talk about what we can do to better protect the Ozarks.

It was called the 4th Annual Greater Ozarks Environmental Summit.

According to folks at the Springfield landfill, nearly 80 percent of what is thrown away could have been recycled.

Recycling does take a little more effort than tossing something in the garbage.

But many companies, non-profits, and the city believe taking that extra step will make a big difference in protecting the environment.

There are many items we often throw away that can be harmful to our health.

Like medication, paint, batteries, tires, and old computer parts.

"With circuit boards there is actually mercury and lead in those types of things that we particularly don't want to be in the landfills and make their way into our water supply," Computer Recycling Center Representative Luke Westerman said.

If you're cleaning out the medicine cabinets, you can take your unwanted prescriptions to the take back event.

It's free disposal on Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 2 pm at six Springfield pharmacies.

If you need to get rid of some old tires, there is also a free recycling event coming up on Saturday, May 3.

That's at Hillcrest High School from 8 am to noon, you have to be a Springfield resident for that one.

Those tires get recycled into many things, like mats for outdoor playgrounds.

You can always take your recyclables to centers in Springfield and surrounding communities.

Check out the links to the right of this story for more information.
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