Discontinued Community Programs and Events
Some Oldies But Goodies!
National DEA Drug Take-Back Days
The City was just one of many sites that participate in this prescription drug abuse prevention program. On a designated Saturday, the Police Dept. accepted all types of drugs over a 4 hour period. Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2014, six drop-off event collected 1,061 pounds of prescription drugs.
Nearest Permanent Prescription Drug "Drop-Off" Location
Recycling Rewards Program
Five households were randomly chosen each month to see if they were participating in the City's curbside recycling program. If they were, they would win $100 worth of valuable gift cards. In 2003 and 2004, over 100 lucky residents won and $10,000 worth of gift cards were distributed.
Household Hazardous Material (HHW) Collection Drives
Sponsored by the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District and hosted by the City of Forest Park, this event was held every two or three years at the Winton Woods High School.
Co-sponsored with the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, volunteers walk through sections of the city stenciling stormdrains with the message, "Don't Dump Waste, Drains to Lake." Stencils were later replaced with glued decals.
Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program
Another program sponsored by the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District and hosted by the City of Forest Park. Hamilton County residents were encouraged to bring their mercury "fever" thermometers to designated sites where they could exchange them, at no cost, for digital thermometers. The collected mercury was either reprocessed for industrial use or properly disposed of through environmental companies.
Gas Cap Testing and Replacement
Residents had their gas caps tested for leaks. If the cap leaked, a replacement gas cap was provided at no charge to the resident. For every leaking gas cap, 1/2 pounds of pollution is released daily.
Mulching Mower Program
Co-sponsored with West Chester Lawn and Garden, both gas and battery operated mulching mowers were distributed to qualified participants. Participants used them for a two-month trial period after which they could purchase them at discount prices.
In the four years of implementation, over 80 gas-operated and battery-powered mulching mowers were distributed.