Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal and Wastewater Treatment Options
in NW MI
In April of 2008, EPA Region 5 issued the Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge:
“to collect and properly dispose of old and unused, expired or unwanted medicine. EPA's goal is to collect at least 1 million pills to keep contaminants out of the Great Lakes.”
The total actually collected exceeded 4.5 million...............
Onsite Wastewater considered taking part in this one day event - but the Board chose instead to invite community leaders to meet and discuss creating a regional program that would address this growing issue throughout the year. Through the generous support of a planning development grant from Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, with matching support from the Joyce Foundation, a sustainable safe disposal and public education collaborative Team has now formed to address this issue. Read a summary here.
The Team saught a two year safe collection and disposal implementation grant for 7 counties through EPA CARE program which unfortunately was unsuccessful.
The Team is also developing a 2 year Rx research proposal to determine if area soils provide Rx residual removal rates similar to those of other states.