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Rx Disposal

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Rx Drop Off Event

The next event is:

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 8 am to 2 pm

Main Lobby of Longmont United Hospital

1950 Mountain View Ave.

 

Scheduled drop-off events are held in the main lobby of Longmont United Hospital, 1950 Mountain View Ave.

Drop off events are open to any Colorado resident. The event is made possible through the help and support of volunteers, hospital and city staff.

Wastes  Accepted at the Event

Not accepted at the Event
  • Pharmaceuticals (from household, humans or pets) including, pills, capsules, patches, liquids, inhalers

  • Over-the-counter medications

  • Medical Equipment
  • Needles
  • Thermometers
  • Wastes generated from businesses
  • Personal Care products that do not contain pharmaceutical ingredients
  • Household hazardous wastes

Please keep the wastes in the original containers so that the on-site pharmacist can identify the medications- just scratch off any personal information on bottles.

After the event, the wastes are collected by the DEA for proper disposal by incineration at an approved facility located out of state. Plastic, paper and cardboard containers are recycled through EcoCycle (you may bring in empty bottles for recycling, but please remove caps).

Options if you miss the event

Event Metrics

Since 2007, a total of 9,010 pounds of wastes have been diverted from potentially entering our environment. That equals an average of 1.26 lbs per household. This is medication only - no bottles included in the final weight.

Year

Pounds

Households

Pounds per Household

2007

270

186

1.45

2008

750

443

1.69

2009

850

700

1.21

2010

884

673

1.31

2011

1609

no info

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2012

927.8

434

854

386

1.09 (April event)

1.12 (Oct event)

2013

1077.3

1053.9

858

1008

1.25 (April event)

1.05 (Oct event)

2014

1154

943

1.22 (April event)


Why Proper Rx Disposal is Important to Water Quality

The EPA has identified numerous pollutants that can be considered endocrine disruptors. These not only include the obvious pharmaceutical products, but also over the counter medications, fire retardants and fragrances commonly found in cosmetics, deodorants and lotions.  These endocrine disruptors are not treated by the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  They can pass through into the river.  At this time, we really don't know the extent of the long or short term problems from this contamination to the environment, animal or human health.

Additional Resources


Tips on Waste Reduction and Disposal

  • Buy only what you can use before the expiration date,
  • Bring medications to Drop Off Days,
  • Ask your pharmacist about their Take Back Programs and the type of disposal they use. (Don't use a Take Back Program that discharges the wastes to the sanitary sewer.);
  • Throw medication into the trash after making it unusable. (mix liquids with absorbents such as kitty litter or coffee grounds; and mix pills with glue and dry before discarding. Patches can be cut into small strips and mixed with glue. Also, remember to remove identification from bottles or use a nondescript container.)
  • Controlled substances: please refer to the printed materials accompanying the medication for specific instructions on proper disposal.

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