45 pounds of medications collected at hazardous waste disposal day

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BENNINGTON — Residents of Bennington and 13 surrounding towns cleaned up their homes and medicine cabinets on May 18. For the first time, participants could dispose of unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at hazardous waste disposal day. A total of 45 pounds of medications were collected for safe disposal. Drug collection efforts like this one make homes safer and keeps the medications out of drinking water and off the streets.

"We are grateful for the tremendous collaboration and the extra effort our community members made to get their unused medications to this event," James Trimarchi, the director of planning at Southwestern Vermont Health Care, one of the event partners, said in a media release. "It was a great opportunity to share the news that drugs can be safely disposed any time right at the hospital."

Several companies and community agencies — including the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance, the Bennington Police Department, Casella Waste Systems, Hannaford Supermarket of Bennington, which contributed refreshments for volunteers, and Southwestern Vermont Health Care — worked together to collect unused or unwanted medications in addition to the other household hazardous waste at the free event.

Those who missed the event can dispose of medications anytime in the lobby of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, where there is a secure box for safe disposal is available 24 hours every day. No questions are asked. For more information about disposing medications, contact Ginger Ritchie at 802-447-5006 or Virginia.Ritchie@svhealthcare.org.

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