No Drugs Down the Drain

No Drugs Down the Drain

No Drugs Down the Drain

Many people are becoming aware that drugs are not removed by the sewage treatment process and they are accumulating in the environment, with some pretty disastrous effects on plants, wildlife and ultimately human health. Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District is pleased to participate and promote take-back days that ensure proper disposal of these substances. We participate in the offical “No Drugs Down the Drain” week for California, where State agencies, water and sanitary districts, and environmental groups come together to let people know that pharmaceuticals should NOT be thrown away or flushed down the toilet!

In 2008, the Marin County Board of Supervisors, in coordination with county Environmental Health Services and a coalition of Marin’s sewage agencies, sponsored a Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 11, 2008 at the Civic Center parking lot of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. Residents of Marin County brought bags and bags of old, expired, unwanted pharmaceuticals which were collected for safe disposal. In September 2009, nine Bay Area Counties joined forces for large-scale, coordinated take-back events!

Please remember, medications should not be disposed of down the sinks or toilets in your home.

Pharmaceuticals and the Environment FAQ sheet

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