National Drug Take-Back Day is slated for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so Belle Plaine residents can turn in unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.
The medication can be turned in at the Belle Plaine Police Department, 419 N. Logan, as part of the DEA’s 10th annual national effort.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse and Drug Take-Back is designed to help address those public safety and public health issues. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming levels, along with accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, according to the DEA. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, the Take-Back Day allows residents to properly dispose of their unused medicine. They should never be flushed down the toilet or thrown away – as both can be safety and health hazards.
“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”
In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4.8 million pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.
Holiday Trash Schedules 2015
Routes listed in italic are normal trash route days.
Labor Day – Sept. 7, 2015
Monday Route will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.
Veterans Day – Nov. 11, 2015
Wednesday Route will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.
Week of Thanksgiving
Wednesday Route will be collected on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Thursday Route will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
Friday Route will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.
Week of Christmas
Wednesday Route will be collected on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.
Thursday Route will be collected on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.
Friday Route will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.
Trash collection begins at 8 a.m. on designated pickup days. Customers are asked to place containers out the night prior to their pickup day to avoid being missed. The city will not conduct callbacks.
The burn pit will be left unlocked unless the use of this facility is abused by dumping of items that do not comply with the state permit. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment does monitor the City of Belle Plaine for compliance.
All bagged material must be emptied and bags placed in container next to the gate.
You can help monitor correct usage by calling 911 if you see illegal dumping in the burn pit.
The facility is located at South Line and 80th Street, just south of the Belle Plaine Cemetery.
Belle Plaine Community Center Fitness Fees
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