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West Hartford Police and Covanta Hosting Drug Take Back Day

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 24, and in addition to collecting medications inWest Hartford Covanta will handing out free mail-back envelopes for future disposal of old and unwanted medication.


Covanta, operator of the Bristol Waste-to-Energy facility that takes West Hartford’s trash, is working with the West Hartford Police Department to provide a safe, secure and convenient drop off location for old and unused medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Representatives will be at the Charter Oak International Academy parking lot off Flatbush Avenue, on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

In addition to the drop off, Covanta will also be distributing free mail-back envelopes. These envelopes can be used at a later date to discreetly mail back medications to Covanta at any post office box.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue stemming from old and unused medications. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their medication.

Improper disposal can lead to drugs falling into vulnerable hands and detrimental impacts to the environment, where medication can seep into our waterways. Americans should not leave bottles of medications around the house.

With the help of convenient kiosks and envelopes, the public now has many options to do the right thing with their medications. Waste-to-Energy facilities help to safely destroy this material and uses it beneficially, along with other household waste, to generate electricity that powers Connecticut homes and businesses. This is a service Covanta offers year-round in partnership with federal and state agencies.

Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e., tablets and capsules will be accepted.

Not Accepted: Intra-venous solutions, injectable medicines, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

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