Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PPCPs) are products that are used by people for personal health or cosmetic reasons or used to enhance the growth or heath of livestock. These PPCPs are made up of prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, veterinary medications, fragrances, and cosmetics.
These PPCPs make it into our water supply by excretion from people and animals or by disposing of these products down the drain or flushing them down the toilet. Most communities are now offering ways to dispose of these products without flushing them into the water supply.
On Saturday, March 26, 2011, Keep Cobb County Beautiful and Kaiser Permanente are offering a Medication Disposal Day. The drop off center will be at the Cobb County Government Offices in Powder Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The items that will be accepted are: liquid and pill forms of medications, SHARPS containers and needles, diabetes materials, catheters, tubing, and similar materials. Items such as CPAP machines, nebulizers, and other durable medical equipment will not be accepted.
Keep Cobb County Beautiful also offers these steps when disposing of pharmaceuticals at home:
- Keep the medication in the original container and remove the label or mark off your name and personal information.
- Add water or soda to dissolve solid pills or open capsules to empty content.
- Add something inedible but binding like kitty litter, sand or dirt to liquid medication.
- Close the lid and secure with duct tape or packing tape.
- Place the drug bottle(s) inside an opaque container like a coffee can or plastic laundry bottle.
- Tape the container closed, and place it in the trash.
- Do not place it in recycling or with any food that could be scavenged by humans or animals.