Pharmaceutical products may be indispensable to many people, but when flushed down the drain or disposed of in other inappropriate ways, they can also contaminate waterways and harm fish, wildlife, and human health. Unneeded drugs can also be improperly used and are best removed from home medicine cabinets.
In an effort to prevent improper disposal or unauthorized use of unwanted pharmaceuticals, the City of Woodland’s Environmental Services Division is again teaming with the Wastewater Pretreatment Program, the Police Department, and Corner Drug Co. to sponsor Woodland’s third annual Pharmaceutical Take-Back Event. This free, single-day event is open to Woodland residents only.
The Pharmaceutical Take-Back Event will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the Public Works Municipal Service Center at 655 North Pioneer Avenue.
Acceptable items for drop-off at the event are prescription and over-the-counter medications, medication samples, vitamins, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, and liquid medications in glass or leak-proof containers. Unacceptable items include sharps (needles), thermometers, IV bags, infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, and business waste. In addition, large collections of pharmaceutical products may not be accepted.
Residents wishing to drop off acceptable items should leave them in their original containers, mark out any personal information on the containers, and deliver them to the Municipal Service Center during the event hours. Pharmaceutical items cannot be accepted by city staff at any other time. With the help of Corner Drug pharmacist Sara Shelley, city staff will collect and sort the items at the event. Those containing certain components referred to as "controlled substances" will be taken for appropriate disposal through the police department. The bulk of the collected items will be removed by a specialized handler to an authorized incineration facility for disposal.
For more information about this event or for information about disposal options for businesses and non-Woodland residents, contact Marshall Echols in the Environmental Services Division of the city’s Public Works Department at 530-661-2063.