[Pharmwaste] Yellow Jug Old Drugs News Release

chris angel info at greatlakescleanwater.org
Mon Oct 8 15:38:52 EDT 2012

NEWS RELEASE Issue Date: 10.8.12
CONTACT: Chris Angel 989-736-8179 info at greatlakescleanwater.org
47,396 pounds of Unused/Unwanted Drugs
Collected and Properly Disposed by
Yellow Jug Old Drugs program in Michigan
During the recent quarterly collection at participating pharmacies in Michigan, the Yellow Jug Old Drugs
program collected 7023 lbs. of unused/unwanted drugs. The program was started by Great Lakes Clean Water, a nonprofit
organization in May 2009. A total of 47,396 lbs. has been collected to date. It should be noted that packaging is not inlcuded in weight totals as packinging is returned to the customer for recylcing where appropriate.

Yellow Jug Old Drugs is a program that works in partnership with local pharmacies to collect and properly
dispose of unwanted/unused drugs in a safe and approved manner to help keep our water clean.
Individuals can dispose of unused/unwanted drugs free of charge at participating pharmacies
Currently there are 248 pharmacies participating in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. To find a participating
pharmacy in your area go to www.greatlakescleanwater.org or call 989-736-8179
The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program accepts non-controlled drugs only at pharmacies. To help in the efforts to
prevent abuse of prescription drugs, the program works in cooperation with many Law Enforcement agencies that
collect controlled substances. Participating pharmacies have a complete list of accepted/not accepted items and can help
customers with any questions they may have.
Program support in Michigan has been provided by local pharmacies, United Water, Consumers Energy
Foundation, Detroit Renewable Power, SSCENT, Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan, Northern Michigan
Substance Abuse Services, Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force, Gratiot County Solid Waste Authority, Ten
Sixteen Recovery Network and the Michigan Community Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program for the development
of ongoing household drug collection programs.
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Chris Angel, President
Volunteer Board of Dir.
Great Lakes Clean Water Organization
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