Four area organizations are joining forces once again to keep the environment clean and divert drugs from the streets this spring.
"Drug and Electronics Collection Day" is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Violet Township Service Facility, 490 North Center St. in Pickerington.
The event is sponsored by the Fairfield County Soil and Water District, Lancaster-Fairfield County Community Action Recycling and Litter Prevention, Violet Township and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office.
It is being conducted as part of "National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day," a federally-sponsored program started in 2010 that provides a safe and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while at the same time educating the public about their potential abuse.
According to records from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, last November's Drug Drop-off Day collected 646,211 pounds (324 tons) of unwanted and expired medications for safe disposal at 5,683 take-back sites throughout the U.S. and its territories. Violet Township was one of those sites.
"Oftentimes, residents have electronics and outdated drugs that they would like to dispose of, but aren't sure how to responsibly do so," said Benjamin King, Violet Township director of operations.
"This event provides a great opportunity for the responsible disposal of such items," he said.
Prescription drugs or drugs of unkown origin will be taken in no questions asked.
Drugs accepted include prescription pills and capsules, however, no aerosols or inhalers will be accepted.
Officials are requesting people black out the names or remove the labels on prescription bottles before bringing containers to the disposal site.
Electronics accepted include computers, laptops, printers, cables, keyboards and mice, discs, electronic clocks, videocassette recorders, DVD's, radios and cell phones.
No items containing CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) will be accepted.
Monitors will be accepted for no charge if they are part of a computer system (must have tower), $3 charge if monitor only.
Televisions will be accepted for a minimal fee of $1 per diagonal inch.
Only cash or checks will be accepted as payment of disposal fees.
For more information about "Drugs and Electronics Collection Day," contact Lancaster-Fairfield Co. Litter Prevention at 740-681-4423 or the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-653-8154.