The rains and the wind came, but so did the people at Friday’s Drug Take Back Day on the parking lot of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in Portsmouth.
“The weather conditions were deplorable, very gloomy, and bitterly cold, so we didn’t put up the tent,” Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence/Scioto Solid Waste Management District, said. “The sheriff allowed us to use their portico entrance there which blocked off the wind considerably.”
Palmer said, with the inclement weather, he did not expect much of a turnout.
“I think we did pretty well,” Palmer said. “Forty-seven vehicles with over 50 pounds of pills. That’s pretty good.”
In all, 47 vehicles participated, dropping off 50 pounds of pills, 30 pounds of sharps/syringes and 45 pounds of liquid medications.
“Captain (Shawn) Sparks was out there to represent the sheriff’s office, because they have to collect the pills,” Palmer said.
Palmer said the event on Friday and Saturday in Ironton will be the only such events for this year, but next year (2018) they will hold them in the spring and at their Household Hazardous Waste event held at Dow Chemical.
On Saturday, a similar event was held in Ironton, where beautiful sunshine welcomed 45 vehicles. 52 pounds of pills were collected along with 40 pounds of sharps/syringes and 20 pounds of liquid meds.”
“We’ve decided to have it (HHW) every two years because that is a very expensive one to run,” Palmer said.
On Friday, April 28 in Wheelersburg, LSSWMD will have a Tire Amnesty event.
“People can get rid of their passenger car tires and their pickup tires. No commercial tires,” Palmer said. “They must be off the rim.”
The next event following the Tire Amnesty program will be held in May.
“Our Ewaste and Shred Day will be on Friday, May 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Valley Wholesale Foods on Market Street,” Palmer said. “This is the way of getting rid of sensitive documents, you can see those shredded, and this is the time to get rid of your cell phones, copiers, computers, keyboards, people should take advantage of this. It’s another program offered by the District free.”
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