Local Agencies Help Rid of Hazardous and Unwanted Items

By Lindsey Yates | 

It's that time of year again, spring cleaning, the time to get rid of the items you might of forgot you even had.

Area agencies are making it a little easier by helping those in the community get rid of their hazardous unwanted items in a safe way.

Today law enforcement agencies across the county participated in the Drug Take Back Initiative in an effort to encourage people to throw out old medicine.

"This occurs twice a year and it's an opportunity for the citizens to bring in their unused, unwanted medication and to dispose of them properly," says Trooper Jonathan Biven, with Kentucky State Police.

It's not just to clean out your cabinet but also to combat growing prescription drug abuse in Kentucky.

"Some people will break into homes and try to get into the medications, and we have found where people are reading obituaries and while funeral services are going on they are breaking into houses to try and steal these medications," says Trooper Biven.

And at Eastwood Baptist Church Warren County Public Works hosted the 11Th Hazardous Waste and E-Scrap Collection Day.

"People all across Warren County are bringing us things that have been in their garages, and kitchens, and under their bathroom sinks that they've stored up for years," says Stan Reagan, with Warren Co. Public Works.

Around 1,000 cars show up with trunks full of paint, pesticides, and even unwanted electronics.

"It lets people get this stuff out from their house where it might get into the water table or some child may get into it and get sick or possibly worse," says Reagan.

So why not just dispose of these items yourself?

"The goal is to keep them out of our landfills keep them from being flushed down the commodes causing it to get into our water system," says Trooper Biven.

"You don't want to do that because of the possible leak to the environment, paint for example, if it's in liquid form can seep out of the back of the trash truck and get into the water," says Reagan.

Reagan says the items will be separated and some will get recycled properly while others will get turned into resource derived fuel.

Trooper Biven says during the last initiative nearly 120 pounds of medication was disposed of, and you can drop off your unwanted medications anytime, in the blue box at the KSP post on Nashville Road.

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