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Town of Wilson receives pharmaceutical collection container

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Mon, Apr 15th 2019 07:40 pm
Pictured, from left: Wilson Deputy Supervisor Brad Clark Sr., Legislator David Godfrey and Wilson Supervisor Doyle Phillips.
Pictured, from left: Wilson Deputy Supervisor Brad Clark Sr., Legislator David Godfrey and Wilson Supervisor Doyle Phillips.

Niagara County’s permanent pharmaceutical drop box program has recently expanded to the Town of Wilson to enhance collection of pharmaceuticals in rural portions of the county.

The collection container, which resembles a mailbox, is located in a common area of the Wilson Town Hall and will be available for use by residents during normal operational hours. Residents who wish to dispose of any unwanted medications from their homes simply place the items into the bin, no questions asked.

This effort is led in collaboration with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara County Division of Environmental/Solid Waste, the Town of Wilson and Covanta Energy. 

“I would like to recognize the efforts of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Environmental/Solid Waste for providing an effective way for Wilson residents to safely discard unused or expired prescriptions that could otherwise get into the wrong hands,” said Legislator David Godfrey, R-Wilson.  

This is now the county’s sixth location that provides confidential and secure pharmaceutical collection, promoting the safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Since inception of the county’s program in 2014, nearly 15,000 pounds of pharmaceutical waste has been safely managed, protecting residents and natural environment.

Items that are not accepted for collection include hypodermic needles, compressed materials and liquid waste. Residents concerned about their identity may scribble out their names on the prescription bottles, but this program is entirely anonymous and all contents are incinerated. 

For more information on the safe and proper disposal of prescription medications, visit www.rethinkyourwaste.com.

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