Free Prescription Drug Take-back and Recycling Event in Hanover Township on Saturday, August 13th

August 3, 2011

Do you have old prescriptions, electronics, car batteries, gently used clothing, and paper cluttering up your place? Bring them to the Hanover Township Building on Saturday, August 13th and recycle them at no cost. The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and Hanover Township are sponsoring a Free Recycling Extravaganza and Prescription Take-back event from 8 am to 1 pm. The event will be held at the Hanover Township Building at 250 S Route 59 in Bartlett, IL.

Acceptable items are:
Televisions
Prescription drugs
Automobile batteries
Bicycles
Propane tanks
Cellphones
CRT monitors
LCD monitors
Computers
Laptops
Printers
Fax Machines
Copiers
Fire extinguishers
Worn American Flags
Gently used clothing and shoes
VCRs
Keyboards and peripherals
DVD players
Speakers
Misc. cables
Telephones
Document shredding (2 box limit)
Game consoles
Handheld electronic devices (Gameboy's, iPods, etc)
Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids

The Prescription Drug Take-back program is a low-cost, high-value opportunity to tackle a critical environmental issue. The EPA has asked people not to flush old medications, as trace elements have been found in groundwater. Each year, close to 5,000 tons of pharmaceutical and personal care products enter the waste stream. Many survive water treatment processes and end up in drinking water. Medicines improperly disposed of end up in landfills, leading to the potential of accidental overdose by animals and humans.

Residents should bring only medication items — not items from businesses or doctors offices. To ensure anonymity and security, people are asked to black-out all prescription label information. Take prescriptions to the drop off center ONLY during event hours.

Acceptable items include:
Prescriptions
Over the counter medications
Medicated ointments and shampoos
Liquids containing medication
Prescription and over the counter inhalers
Glass thermometers and other instruments that contain mercury

Unacceptable items include:
DEA controlled substances
Narcotics
Illegal drugs
Sharps or needles
Bio-hazardous materials
Radioactive materials
Other toxic household wastes

For more information about the Free Recycling Extravaganza and Prescription Drug Take-back, call 312-603-8217 or 630-837-0301