Unused, leftover or expired medications should NOT be put down the drain or in the trash. Most wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals, which means that improper disposal may impact the water quality in our creeks, rivers, and lakes. The best way to dispose of non-narcotic medications is to take them to a household hazardous waste collection event. To dispose of narcotics, you can take them to the Grand Prairie Police Department, 1525 Arkansas Lane, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you need to dispose of needles, you should place them in a sealed, puncture-proof container and place them in the trash.
The next collection event will be on Saturday, Jan. 11, 9-11a.m. at the Development Center, 206 West Church Street (next to City Hall). Registration is required. You may register on-line at www.gptx.org/WQ/HHW or by calling 972-237-8055. In addition to medications, residents can bring household and automotive batteries, motor oil, cooking oil, paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent bulbs, and household, landscape, and pool chemicals. Items not accepted include explosives, gas cylinders, fireworks, medical waste, radioactive materials, and municipal trash. No commercial waste is accepted.
For more information call 972-237-8055 or visit www.gptx.org/WQ/HHW to register.