BELLEVILLE – The Belleville Police Department has partnered with Illinois American Water to offer a pharmaceutical disposal program at the largest police department in southern Illinois.
Illinois American Water donated the pharmaceutical drop box to Belleville Police Department’s new facility at 720 W. Main St.
Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted meds so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet or the drain as well as throwing them in the trash are discouraged.
“We are excited to provide residents with another location to securely drop off their unwanted medicines,” said Detective Christopher Foppe. “It’s important to keep these items out of the hands of our youth and out of landfills and water supplies.”
Illinois American Water uses a model created by Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal, or P2D2, program to partner with communities on proper disposal. The P2D2 model was developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter. Through P2D2’s efforts, millions of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly. Learn more here – www.p2d2program.com
Illinois American Water has helped to implement 38 pharmaceutical disposal programs. “These private-public partnerships are a great opportunity to protect our communities and precious water resources,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.
To date, programs are offered in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville (two sites), Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chicago, Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton, Edwardsville, Fairmont, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Morrison, Mt. Carroll, Mount Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, Red Bud, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo.
To find a permanent collection program in Illinois, visit http://www.epa.illinois.gov/services-locator/.
— From the Illinois Business Journal