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This event 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 can drop off unused prescription drugs at 1529 S. Harlem in Berwyn. This one-day collection event is sponsored by the Cook County Dept. of Environmental Control and the Berwyn VFW. For more information, call 1-708-974-6140; or Frank Coconate at Cook County Environmental Control( email@example.com) at 1-312-603-8217.
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:
- Prescription drugs
- 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
- Illegal drugs
- Bio-hazardous materials
- Radioactive materials
- Other toxic household waste
For more information, call 1-708-974-6140; or Frank Coconate at Cook County Environmental Control( firstname.lastname@example.org) at 1-312-603-8217.
A Message from the President
I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability. We are working not only to boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than we could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. To further this work, I appointed Deborah Stone as the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Director of the Department of Environmental Control. I also recognize that Cook County needs to share ideas and collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders and sustainability experts. In March 2012, I appointed the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council to help lift our vision higher and give us access to best practices. You can meet the Council members and read more about their mission in the “Advisory Council” section of this website. Toni Preckwinkle,Cook County Board President
What is Sustainability?
" Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."Deborah StoneChief Sustainability Officer, Cook County Government
Contact UsCook County Chief Sustainability Officer
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