April 28, 2018: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Take Back DayNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Dispose of prescription drugs safely and soundly
The DEA’s next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in 2017 Americans disposed of a record-setting 456 tons of potentially dangerous expired and unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Now in its 8th year, the event addresses a vital public safety and health issue while also protecting the environment.

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For residents, the DEA, assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will provide collection services in The Woodlands Township front parking lot (2801 Technology Forest Blvd, 77381) on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service coordinated by The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Because what you flush eventually goes somewhere
pills with ban symbolYour toilet isn’t a portal to another dimension where waste vanishes. When flushed, many pharmaceuticals work their way through the sewage treatment process and into our drinking water and our waterways, where even very small levels harm aquatic life.

Play a key role in abuse prevention
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, usually through the home medicine cabinet.

Additional information for collection site
The Woodlands Township collection site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas will be held on the same day, please refer to their website for direction on how to navigate around the race course. In most cases, you may prefer to reach the Township from Research Forest Drive, south on New Trails Dr. and east on Technology Forest Blvd. For traffic difficulties, contact the number that is usually posted on the IRONMAN traffic signs.

Other local law enforcement agencies are participating. If you are unable to drop in The Woodlands that day, please CLICK HERE to find other local collection sites.

Keep your family safe and the environment healthy; clean out your cabinet today and take unwanted drugs to The Woodlands Township or another local collection facility.

 

Walk in the Woods: Join us on Thursday, April 12

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Walk in the Woods – join us on Thursday, April 12

Join Environmental Services as we host Jonah Evans, State Mammologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife. During this Walk in the Woods, he will discuss and enlighten the audience about large cats and rare mammals in the great state of Texas. For this program, the nature walk will occur from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a the keynote presentation.

Thursday, April 12
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.              Nature Walk
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.             Keynote Presentation

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77389
Contact: 281-210-3800

Registration required, free to attend.

Jonah EvansJonah Evans is the State Mammalogist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He has had a lifelong passion for studying carnivores and mammals. As Mammalogist for TPWD, he coordinates mountain lion, black bear, furbearer, bat, and rare mammal research and conservation statewide. Much of his time now is focused on the devastating impacts of white nose syndrome on bats.

Jonah completed an MS in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University in 2006 and worked as a Wildlife Diversity Biologist in West Texas for 5 years prior to taking on his current position. He has a passion for animal tracks and sign and is the author of iTrack Wildlife, a smartphone field guide to animal tracks. He is also a co-author of Animal Tracks and Scat of California. He has traveled extensively around the United State to train biologists and college students in animal track identification and maintains the website www.naturetracking.com.

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Explore nature at your back door! Experts reveal the extraordinary plants and wildlife of East Texas. A different program each month from February through April and September through November. Located on the edge of the Big Thicket, Montgomery County is home to a diverse plant and wildlife population. Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture Series introduces the audience to the unique species that inhabit our community. Guest speakers recognized for their expertise present topics ranging from bats and owls to hummingbirds and habitat gardening. Featuring exquisite photography and occasionally live specimens, Walk in the Woods appeals to nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of interest, from students to retirees.

Registration is required for our free Walk in the Woods Nature Series.  Space is limited, so register now for this nature walk and presentation. The mission of The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department is to empower informed choices for the sustained health of our community and environment. The department coordinates a wide variety of programs that provide information and resources for healthy, sustainable living. For more information, please visit us online at https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/105/Environment or call 281-210-3800.

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Solid Waste Services NOT Impacted by Holiday

Reminder: All solid waste services in the community will occur as usual over the Easter holiday.  There will be no interruption or delay of services. Waste Management will provide curbside pick-up of trash, recycling and yard trimmings to all residents on their regularly scheduled service day, including Friday, March 30, 2018.

If your holiday celebration generates more trash than the 96-gallon trash cart can hold, extra service tags are available for purchase for $1.75 each at Township offices, Kroger and Randall’s.  One pink service tag should be affixed to each plastic bag of household trash that will NOT fit into the trash cart.

Please note that the Precinct 3 Recycling facility will be closed on Friday, March 30. The Woodlands Recycling Center on Research Forest Drive will be open every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. regardless of holidays.

Per the 2018 Holiday Collection Schedule, the only holidays that will affect residential trash and recycling collection this year will be New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  Find more information about trash and recycling services – visit Environmental Services online. To report missed pick-ups, please call Waste Management Customer Service at 800-800-5804.

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Hundreds of Volunteers to celebrate 2018 Earth Day GreenUP – join us!

GREEN STARTS WITH ME!On Saturday, March 24 – after the 2018 Earth Day GreenUP event – join The Woodlands Township for live music, children’s activities, educational booths, and pizza!

Drop in to join – no reservation necessary. Celebrating its eighth year, The Woodlands Township’s Earth Day GreenUp celebrates the coming together of residents from throughout the community to beautify our parks, pathways, greenbelts, and waterways. With over 500 volunteers registered, this won’t be a small shindig.

Come relax and listen to the Buck Yeager Band. Based out of Houston, Texas, the Buck Yeager Band is on the path to emerge as one of Houston’s best upcoming country acts. Buck Yeager Band has thrilled audiences across Texas with their tremendous energy and their proven ability to entertain audiences of all ages. The band recently won 2018 Best New Song from the CMA of Texas.

ED GreenUPFood and refreshments will be available for purchase if you have not registered to volunteer. If you are still interested in volunteering, you may just show up at one of the eight participating parks.

Check-In Locations
Volunteers (pre-registered and walk-up registrations) can check-in Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 8 to 10 a.m. at a designated village park. Pick up supplies and receive a map to your designated cleanup site.

  • Alden Bridge: Alden Bridge Park, 7725 Alden Bridge Drive
  • Cochran’s Crossing: Shadowbend Park, 4995 Lake Woodlands Drive
  • College Park: Harper’s Landing Park, 2 N. Blair Bridge Drive
  • Creekside Park: Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, 6535 Creekside Forest Drive
  • Grogan’s Mill: Sawmill Park, 2200 Millpark Drive
  • Indian Springs: Falconwing Park, 5610 Rush Haven Drive
  • Panther Creek: Ridgewood Park, 4192 Interfaith Way
  • Sterling Ridge: Cranebrook Park, 11800 Cranebrook Drive

Here’s a link for more information. Join us for day of fun and enjoyment – please contact Environmental Services for any questions, 281-210-3800.

It’s Fix a Leak Week: March 19 to 25, 2018

[Blog Post By Terrilyn MacArthur, Environmental Education Specialist, TMacArthur@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov]

Picture 800 bottles of water in your mind. Now picture dumping them down the drain. That’s the amount of water that a “running” toilet can waste every day!

Conserving water is really about not wasting it. And leaks do exactly that, day-in and day-out, often without notice. In most homes there are leaks of some sort with water loss often accounting for up to 10 percent of the monthly bill.

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A running toilet can waste 800 bottles of water a day!

Fix a Leak Week is a great time to take action on those leaks. Check for dripping faucets, running toilets, leaking hoses, broken irrigation heads, and wet spots inside kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Water is our most precious resource so let’s use it wisely.

If you would like to have a repair kit for a leaking hose, or dye tablets to check for a running toilet, come by the Environmental Services Department office, 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, where we have a supply just for you.

For more information, contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at 281.210.3800, or visit us online.