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Drugs, electronics, documents collected Saturday

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Powell residents can dispose of prescription drugs, old electronics and sensitive personal documents all in one trip this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, the Powell Police Department will host an annual take-back day for expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the Powell Police Department, 47 Hall St.

On the same day, the city will host its second annual electronic recycling drop-off day, accepting old and unwanted electronics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Village Green Municipal Building, connected to the police station.

Also Sept. 29, the Greater Area Powell Chamber of Commerce will hold an annual document shredding day for sensitive personal and financial paperwork from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chamber's offices, just up the road at 50 N. Liberty St.

The drug take-back service is free and anonymous with no questions asked, said police clerk Patti Mills.

Residents can enter the police department and drop off unwanted pills in a box in the lobby.

The drugs must be removed from pill bottles or other containers before being deposited, and no liquids, sharp objects or illegal drugs will be accepted.

At the end of the day, the Drug Enforcement Agency will take the box.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public-health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse," said a news release from the police department.

Meanwhile, residents can drop off unwanted electronic devices in the parking lot just around the corner from the police station's main entrance.

The city, in partnership with environmental nonprofit group Big Green Head, will accept computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, televisions and other devices. There is a $15 charge to drop off CRT televisions and computer monitors; other electronics will be accepted free of charge.

"Anything that plugs in can be dropped off," said Nancy Buckley, executive director at the Powell Chamber.

Component parts from the electronics can be recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.

Volunteers also will be on hand in the parking lot behind the chamber's Liberty Street offices to safely dispose of sensitive personal documents.

Volunteers will take stacks or boxes of documents without the need for residents to exit their cars. The documents will be shredded immediately on site.

The chamber asks for a $25 donation to shred up to 200 pounds of documents. Larger drop-offs can be negotiated, Buckley said.

Proceeds go to fund chamber initiatives, including a local high school scholarship fund, awards for the Delaware County Fair, and Powell events such as free children's concerts and the yearly fall bonfire.

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