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The Hazardous Materials facility is your place for recycling, reuse, and proper disposal of your hazardous materials. Electronics, Freon appliances, household materials including pharmaceuticals, medical aids, paints, cleaners, and other common substances are hazardous waste that can pollute our soil, water, and air.
ACCEPTED AT THE SOUTH WALNUT RECYCLING CENTER ONLY
for information about this location.
Do not flush old medications down the toilet. Medications are incinerated. Confidentiality is assured.
Why pharmaceuticals should be disposed of:
Unused drugs and drugs that have expired are a common household health threat to children and animals. When flushed down the drain or burned, they can release toxic chemicals into the environment. Some of these chemicals can damage septic systems and sewage treatment plants. There is a concern that released antibiotics may produce bacterial strains that are resistant to the antibiotic. Other drugs can be scavenged from the trash and illegally sold within the community.
Which pharmaceuticals should be disposed of?
All expired pharmaceuticals.
All unsealed syrups or eye drops.
All pharmaceuticals that should have been kept cold but were not.
All bulk or loose tablets and capsules.
All unsealed tubes of creams, ointments, etc.
Properly contained medical sharps.
What does the Hazardous Materials Facility do with the pharmaceuticals?
The pharmaceuticals are disposed of in a very high temperature incinerator.
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