hahaha yeah that would indeed be stupid
Well, I didn't put it IN a litterbox, that would be stupid!
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
I think almost all the medication in waterways has already passed through a human kidney and some sort of treatment plant. Advising people not to flush un-used medication is public relations, not epidemiology.
Hopefully you are not disposing of huge amount of meds on a regular basis.
Here's the reply anyway:
We do a "residential" collection of pollutants twice a year at the the
fairgrounds - expo square (gate 7). Our next event to collect medicines and
other chemicals is April 17-18, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Thanks for checking,
If there's a problem with levels of, say, "prozac" in the water because it's being excreted in urine, wouldn't dumping the pills and flushing them just add to the existing problem? Or is there no real problem?
I'm pretty sure I saw something in the media about fish/frogs being tested, and meds were found in their systems. I can't remember the details though.
I agree that the likely best way to get rid of them with the least impact to the greater environment and water supply is gonna be composting.
I fear that most of the industrialized world has forgotten that there is no "away" flushing away and throwing away doesn't really get rid of a problem, just puts it out of sight for the most part. But many of those same people are horrified by the prospect of doing something like "humanure composting" because they could "get sick" from it. They don't understand that flushing it or throwing it away is simply hiding the issue from one's self.
Same with the medication or most any other possible pollutant. Finding truely ecological ways to dispose of these things is actually a pretty major challenge. Some things more than others of course.
So even if your location has some waste service that does collect old medications for disposal, what do you really think they are doing with them (I expect that for the most part they are probably sealed up and put in the landfill?) Please if anyone knows what actually gets done with the collected medications let us know. If anyone knows of a truly harmless way to properly dispose of particular medications, let us know (this one probably requires pretty comprehensive knowledge of the chemistry involved.) I have an uncle and cousin who are chemists, perhaps they could shed some light for me.
i think if people do go to the trouble of returning meds that they are incinerated along with other medical wastes such as syringes, and infected materials and blood wastes
That landfill water — known as leachate — eventually ends up in rivers. Most of Maine doesn't draw its drinking water from rivers where the leachate ends up, but in other states that do, water supplies that come from rivers could potentially be contaminated.
"The amounts of pharmaceuticals (in the environment) are infinitesimally small," said Marjorie Powell, senior assistant general counsel. "We're talking about two drops in an Olympic-size swimming pool. Those two drops are much lower than any doses that would have an effect on humans."
Paddy82 wrote:Do NOT compost it!! The meds are not organic and will not compost!