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The newest form of "hazardous waste" collection available in Lexington, Ky is for medications of all kinds.  The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) is holding its second ever Med-Toss event, this Saturday, April 30, 2011, to collect and safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medications.

What's the big deal, you might ask.  Why can't I just dump my medications into the trash or down the toilet?  For years, the standard disposal method has been one of those two options.  However, recent studies are finding alarming levels of prescription medications in local water supplies all over the United States. 

How does this happen?  When medications are dumped into the trash, they are taken to the landfill, where they often break down from exposure to rain.  Eventually, the medication compounds seep into the ground and make their way into underground watersheds or into streams that feed lakes, reservoirs and rivers, which in turn feed local water supplies. 

Medications dumped down the drain end up in our waste water treatment plants.  Treated water is then released into the local environment.  Once in the waterways, medications make their way into everything - fish, animals drinking the water, plants and trees.

Keeping medications out of the trash is also important because prescription drug addicts have been known to dig through the trash in order to scavenge pills.  Trash can also spill and pills can be ingested by animals, or get washed into the storm drains. 

The second Med-Toss event will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  Drop-off sites have been set up at several locations around Lexington, Ky that will be accepting medications from 9am to 3pm:

Division of Police Roll Call Facility

1165 Centre Parkway              


Kentucky American Water

2300 Richmond Road             


Dunbar High School

1600 Man O' War Boulevard    


Imani Baptist Church

1555 Georgetown Road           


All medications, including pills or liquids, will be accepted, as well as vitamins and supplements.

The LFUCG asks that medications be kept in their original containers, and that personal information on the labels is marked out.

If you can't make it to a Med-Toss drop-off site, either hold on to your medication until the next Med-Toss event or dispose of it with the following method:

  1. Pour or place medication into a sealable plastic bag.
  2. If medication is in a pill or capsule form, crush and/or add liquid to it.
  3. Add kitty litter, coffee grounds or other solids to the medication to make it less appealing to children and pets/animals.
  4. Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
  5. Remove/destroy ALL personal information on labels and containers before throwing them into the trash.

For more information, visit the LFUCG website or visit the Smarxt Disposal website (link below).

 SMARxT Disposal



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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I was not aware this was such a big problem until recently.  Good to know there are alternative and safe ways to dispose of medications.

Apr 27, 2011 03:54 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Great idea, it is a huge problem these days, and as we are given more meds to take, it will become even more of an issue!

Apr 27, 2011 11:26 PM