York program turns medications into energy

Written by Megan Lello | Dec 24, 2012 2:39 AM

(York) -- Some folks in York County are helping to convert their old medications into energy. 

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The county's Solid Waste Authority has added the Spring Garden Township Police Department to its secure medication take-back box program.

Authority Spokeswoman Ellen O'Connor says people can take their medications to the boxes at the nine participating police departments, where they'll be securely locked. They then will be taken by officers to the county's waste-to-energy facility, where the meds will be crushed into ash and used for electricity.

She says the program's a more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of medications. "When you flush medications down your commode, which you shouldn't do, obviously it goes to a wastewater treatment plant. But wastewater treatment plants really can't remove pharmaceuticals or test for pharmaceuticals, so the best way to manage that is put it out in your garbage or take it to one of these take-back box locations."

O'Connor says more departments are set to participate soon.

Residents can bring their medications to the boxes during the police departments' normal business hours. 

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