The City of Ames will host Yard Waste Free Days and a Drug Drop Off event this month.
Yard Waste Free Days began Saturday and will continue for the next three Saturdays.
Residents may bring lawn clippings and leaves to Bolder Creations, 407 Freel Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone who chooses to dispose of their yard waste this way must follow Bolder Creations' rules for proper yard waste disposal.
The Drug Drop Off event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.
This community-wide event is sponsored by the Ames Police Department, the Arnold O. Chantland Resource Recovery Plant and the Story County Prevention Policy Board.
Recently, a Partnership for a Drug Free America survey reported that 6 in 10 teenagers find prescription drugs are easier to obtain than illegal drugs. These teens said they go to the family medicine cabinet if they want to abuse prescription drugs.
The Drug Drop Off will ensure that prescription drugs are not easily available or accessible not only to teens, but to the rest of the community.
Saturday is also the day for the American Medicine Chest Challenge, a nationwide public health initiative to spread knowledge about disposing of unwanted, unused or expired medicine.
Participants in this event should mark out any identifying information on the prescription label.