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City of Chicago residents can take their medication to any police station. Read more about the City of Chicago’s program here: MORE PHARMACEUTICAL DISPOSAL DROP BOXES AVAILABLE IN CHICAGO.d you know that each year, close to 5,000 tons of pharmaceutical and personal care products enter the waste stream in the U.S.? Unfortunately, many survive water treatment processes and can end up in drinking water. In addition, improperly disposed medication of can end up in landfills leading to the potential of accidental overdose by animals and humans. Cook County Residents can help the environment and their health by keeping unused medications out of the waste stream. The EPA has asked people not to flush old medications, as trace elements have been found in groundwater. Instead, medication should be disposed of by taking it to a location where it can be properly disposed of. In the
The Cook County Department of Environmental Control also hosts medication take-back events in suburban locations throughout the year. Announcements for events appear on this website and in community newspapers, calendars and newsletters.
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
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