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

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

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