On July 10, 11 and 12, Islamorada residents may take household hazardous waste products for free disposal to a special drop-off location at the south end of Founders Park next to the high school ball field, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a one-time a year opportunity that the Village provides for Islamorada residents to dispose of their hazardous waste products locally.

This event applies to the residential customers only and proof of Islamorada residency will be verified. Residents may take the materials to the drop off location and Onyx Waste/Veolia Environmental Services will have personnel on hand to accept and separate the waste to ensure the proper disposal of the materials.

Household waste materials include bottles or cans of flammable liquid fuel and chlorine bottles, liquid poison, flammable solids, aerosol, corrosive materials, liquid or solid oxidizers, pesticides or herbicides, cyanides or sulfides, dry cell alkaline batteries, lead acid batteries, Used non-contaminated oils, anti-freeze, latex paints, pcb liquids, bcb ballasts, non-regulated soaps, polishes and similar materials, contaminated oil solvents, oil based paints and thinners, and tires off the rim that do not exceed a light duty SUV.

For more information please call Zully Hemeyer or Lesli Wojtecki at Village Hall, (305) 664-6455, or Onyx Waste/Veolia Environmental Services at 853-3433.

Help protect the reef with Mote Marine Lab’s “Bleach Watch”
Summer has come to the Keys and the water is growing warmer. Unfortunately for area reefs, with rising temperatures and calm seas comes an increased chance of mass coral bleaching. Members of the Florida Keys public are invited to attend trainings in the communities of Key West and Islamorada to become “Bleach Watch” volunteers, and do their part to help monitor the reef.

Bleach Watch is a volunteer program funded by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and managed by Mote Marine Laboratory. Here, divers, snorkelers and water enthusiasts can be the sanctuary’s “eyes on the water,” helping with early detection of coral bleaching.

Volunteer observations can be submitted via email or web forms and the information aids researchers in rapid detection, assessment and response to bleaching.

BleachWatch trainings are being held at the Key West Eco-Discovery Center on July 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. and at the Islamorada public library on July 8, in the same time bloc. Those interested in becoming volunteer observers should attend a training session or visit mote.org/Keys/bleaching.phtml for more info.

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