Mother's Little Helpers

These are the pills today that we collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, sponsored by Metro Public Works, at the Bellevue Recycling Drop Off Center. We filled a large bucket about one-fourth full. It’s amazing! Some of my pills are in this container.

We plan to do these collections quarterly. If you can’t make it to a collection site, here is how to dispose of medications properly:

Remove the medication from its original container and place it in a sealable plastic bag and mix it with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. I have mixed meds with used kitty litter in the past. Dispose of in your household garbage, which should be taken to an environmentally engineered and protective landfill.

NEVER flush unused medications down a toilet or sink. The drugs could make it to the water supply.

While the collection day was a huge success, there was some confusion in The Tennessean over paint collection. We turned away about 75 people who wanted to recycle paint. Paint has to be taken to the hazardous waste collection center in East Nashville. Paint is another substance that should never be dumped into the sewer system, as it will make its way to the water supply.

Lots of activity in the recycling world took place today. There were roadside clean ups in the Bellevue area, a shredding machine at the Bellevue Center Mall site, as well as other collections. It’s great to see all this activity in the community.

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