Oswego site accepts unwanted medications for disposal
The Fox Metro Water Reclamation
District has become a permanent collection site for unused
and expired medications. There has been a lot of press
lately of how pharmaceutical drugs are making their way into
our rivers, lakes and other bodies of water and affecting
the drinking water supply.
While there is not a quick solution for preventing these drugs from passing through our
bodies and entering the water system, there is an easy
solution for the preventing unused and expired ones from
reaching it: Don’t flush those drugs!
In the past, the preferred method of disposing unused or
expired medications was to flush them down the toilet. It
was considered to be a good method because it kept the drugs
from being in the reach of children and animals. However,
now we know it is affecting the drinking water and these
compounds are not removed from wastewater using current
Burying those medications in coffee grounds and putting it in the trash
does not keep it out of the water, either. At the landfill,
those drugs will mix with waste liquids and eventually get
drained off and taken to a wastewater treatment facility.
Incineration is the only way to properly dispose of them
that won’t get into the water supply.
Fox Metro WRD has teamed up with the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency (IEPA) to offer people in the Fox Metro
area an easy way to dispose of their unused, unwanted
medications. Fox Metro has installed a collection container
in the facility's lobby. Items being collected include over
the counter medications as well as prescription drugs. Items
that can not be brought in are any medications that contain
a controlled substance, sharps or thermometers. The IEPA
will properly destroy the collected drugs.
Fox Metro WRD is located at 682 State Route 31, Oswego (map),
across from Caterpillar. The lobby hours are from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any questions,
please contact Debra Ness at 630-301-6820.