Shortly after Rush County decided to form its own solid waste district (Clean Green Rush), Director Carole Yeend sought means to reduce costs to the county and find alternatives to filling area landfills.
One of the first issues tackled was seeking a means to reduce the amount of prescription medications being poured down drains or discarded in trash and eventually finding their way to landfills.
Since that time, a growing number of Rush County residents have actively participated in handing unwanted or outdated medicines to officers at the Rushville Police Department or the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.
The public has embraced the practice and the amount of medications collected has increased annually.
Secure receptacles are currently located in the lobby of both local law enforcement agencies (RCSD -131 East First Street and the RPD - 270West 15th Street) as a means for residents to properly discard their unwanted medicines.
According to RPD officer Brent Horton, in conjunction with the ongoing collection, a major concerted effort to collect unwanted prescription medicines is rapidly approaching and will be held April 26. Horton continued by saying that plans for the event are still being finalized and will be announced in the near future.
However, the officer was quick to add that prescription medicine abuse is one of the largest and fastest growing problems facing law enforcement departments in curbing drug use.
The first Saturday of each month, Rush County residents can properly and safely dispose of hazardous materials and electronic items at the Smiley Avenue disposal site. The next Smiley Avenue collection will be held 8 a.m. to noon April 5.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106