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Discarded drugs & medicines in the midstate converted into electricity

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2018 2:23 AM
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(York) -- Police departments in York County say they collected 5.51 tons of drugs and medicine last year that was converted into electricity.

Officers collect the unwanted drugs through drug take-back boxes.

They then take the drugs to the York County Solid Waste and Refuse Authority.

The authority burns garbage to heat boilers that produce steam.

The steam then turns turbines and powers a generator that produces electricity.

Authority spokeswoman Ellen O'Connor says they are producing enough energy daily to power the city of York.

York County police departments have collected about 15 tons of unwanted drugs and medicine since 2012.

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