Agency accepts your old drugs for safe disposal

Agency accepts your old drugs for safe disposal

DANVILLE – From Monday through Saturday, Vermilion County residents will have a more environmentally safe way of getting rid of their old prescription drugs, rather than throwing them away or flushing them.

The Vermilion County Recycling program and Carle Rx Express are collecting unused drugs for safe disposal. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

"This collection gives residents the chance to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals that have been taking up space in their home. The weeklong collection is beneficial not only to citizens who want to get rid of unused antibiotics or other drugs, but it also benefits the environment by keeping them out of landfills and Illinois waterways," IEPA Director Doug Scott said in a release.

A recent report by The Associated Press found traces of medications in many of the nation's water supplies.

The public is invited to drop off unused prescription drugs at Carle Rx Express, 311 W. Fairchild St., Danville, for one week only, beginning Monday.

Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Residents can use the drive-thru window on the southeast side of the building or enter the building at the front door and go to Suite B.

This collection is being held during National Poison Prevention Week.

"It is hard breaking the old habit of flushing medications down the drain," said Lynn Wolgamot, Vermilion County recycling coordinator.

"Common sense dictates a different disposal opportunity is needed and it is being offered during National Poison Prevention Week," said Wolgamot.

Hazardous waste collection events

For those who cannot make the weeklong Prescription Drug Collection, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled 10 Household Hazardous Waste collection events across the state, starting April 12.

A collection schedule can be found on the agency's Web page:

For information about the collection, call pharmacist John Bodensteiner at 431-7975 or Lynn Wolgamot, Vermilion County recycling coordinator, at 260-3483.