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Proper disposal of Medications


When you think about sewers, it’s usually because you’re experiencing a plumbing problem in your house: your sink is backing up or your toilet won’t flush.

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the sanitary sewer system, but there are 1,400 miles of pipes – enough to stretch to Florida and back – under the city that are constantly working to rid our homes and businesses of waste. You can help keep the sanitary sewer system working efficiently and effectively by taking some simple steps to prevent problems in our sewers.

Pharmaceuticals and medications can also cause problems if they are flushed down the toilet or washed down sinks. Many pharmaceuticals remain in water after it is cleaned at a wastewater treatment plant, which means that these chemicals end up in our creeks and other waterways.

You can dispose of medications at the Med Toss on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Locations have not yet been announced, but they will be posted at www.lexingtonky.gov/MedToss and announced on GTV3.

If you can’t participate in the Med Toss on April 27th, you can take a few small steps that will help protect the environment by disposing of unused medicines properly:
• Pour or place medication into a sealable plastic bag.
• If medication is in a pill or capsule form, crush and/or add liquid to it.
• Add kitty litter, coffee grounds or other solids to the medication to make it less appealing to children and pets/animals.
• Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
• Remove/destroy ALL personal information on labels and containers before throwing them into the trash.

By following these tips, you can prevent pharmaceuticals from causing problems. Thanks for keeping our sanitary sewer system healthy!


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