Monday, October 19, 2009

Keep Medications out of our water supply

Traditionally, many people simply flushed old, unwanted medicines down a toilet. Unfortunately, some of these pharmaceuticals have found their way into the environment because they have not been removed during the waste treatment process. These pharmaceuticals can have a lasting negative effect on plant and animal life.

Please dispose of household hazardous waste properly by setting up an appointment to drop-off your materials with the County Wide Household Hazardous Waste Program (CWHHWP). Contact the County at: (408) 299-7300.

If you are over the age of 59, call Heart of the Valley (408)241-1571 to make an appointment with our local Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) for pharmaceutical waste removal. Volunteers will come to your door in a collaboration with Santa Clara Police and volunteers.

If you live in neighboring communities, check about local rules.

San Jose residents also use the CWHHWP. Sunnyvale residents can drop off unused medicines at six local fire stations.

Station 1 – 171 N. Mathilda Ave.; Station 4 – 996 S. Wolfe Road
Station 2 – 795 E. Arques Ave.; Station 5 – 1120 Lockheed Way
Station 3 – 910 Ticonderoga; Station 6 – 1282 N. Lawrence Station Road

If you have further questions, call the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety desk officer at (408) 730-7110, TDD (408) 730-7501.

posted by mb