FAQ’s

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General

  • Can I recycle anything at home?
  • How can I protect my privacy?
  • What is the program?
  • Why do you collect our information?

Drop-Off

  • Can I bring back inhalers?
  • Do you recycle the bottles?
  • How do I bring the pills back to the safe disposal location?
  • What do you accept?

Disposal

  • Are EpiPens accepted at P2D2 Program drop-off locations?
  • Is incineration of the medications and/or plastic safe? Are toxic compounds released into the air?
  • What do you do with the medications?
  • What does the Pontiac Police Department do with the controlled substances?
  • Who collects and takes care of the drugs that are dropped off?

 

General

Can I recycle anything at home?

Vitamin, supplement, and over-the-counter packaging are generally recyclable (#1 & #2 plastics, glass and paper).

Consult bottom of container for information on number plastic, and look to see recycling options in your area.

How can I protect my privacy?

A permanent marker is available to mark out your personal information.

What is the program?

The world relies heavily on pharmaceuticals in our current medical system. Drug consumption in the U.S. has grown 109% from 2000-2004.4 out of 5 patients leave their doctor’s office with at least one prescription. Doctors often discontinue medications, causing others to go unused. Consumers also purchase certain drugs in large quantities that eventually expire. A recent take-back program in San Francisco found the average household had 2.7 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs. Source: Teleosis Institute

Why do you collect our information?

We compile the data to determine relevant statistics such as: most common drug returned, most common reason for disposal, etc.

In the near future data will be sent to pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, as well as government agencies in order to raise awareness about the significance of unwanted pharmaceuticals in the waste stream, and build support for take-back programs nationwide.

 

Drop-Off

Can I bring back inhalers?

If they are empty you can put them in your regular recycling bins, since they are made of plastic and aluminum

Do you recycle the bottles?

The pharmacies do their best to sort medications and recycle packaging when they have staff time. Unfortunately, many medication containers are not recyclable.

If you choose to recycle the packaging at home, put medications in an air-tight sealed plastic bag (Ziploc). Write the name of the drugs on the bag and bring to take-back site.

How do I bring the pills back to the safe disposal location?

They can accept pills in any packaging, including glass, plastic container or baggie(Ziploc) or foil. Write the name of the drugs on the bag and bring to take-back site.

What do you accept?

All non controlled, non hazardous medications, this includes vitamins/supplements and homeopathic remedies, creams, oils, ointments, suppositories, etc., for information, consult lists or pharmacists. All controlled substances can be returned to the police department.

 

Disposal

Are EpiPens accepted at P2D2 Program drop-off locations?

Because EpiPens are considered a hazardous waste, most drop-off locations have a special box for sharp objects. To find out if the location near you has the appropriate drop-off box, contact to your desired drop-off location.

Is incineration of the medications and/or plastic safe? Are toxic compounds released into the air? 

Incineration is currently the most environmentally safe technology for the safe disposal of   medications. The process is highly regulated by EPA, and significantly minimizes contamination of air particles compared with other medication destruction methods.

We do our best to recycle packaging materials. Unfortunately, most common prescription vials are #5 plastic and are not recyclable. The incineration facility takes all the steps necessary to ensure that the byproducts of incineration are trapped and not released into the atmosphere.

What do you do with the medications?

The medications are incinerated to produce energy.

What does the Pontiac Police Department do with the controlled substances?

All medication is sent to an incineration company such as Covanta Energy and safely turned into power for homes and businesses.

CLICK HERE to read about the Police Standard Operating Procedures

Who collects and takes care of the drugs that are dropped off?

Local police departments hold the keys to the boxes, empty the boxes, and transport the drugs to the designated incineration location.

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