The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPCD) their successful initiative from last year to reduce the flushing of pharmaceutical waste. This effort was began to reduce groundwater infiltration due to the fact that the Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advocated disposing unused pharmaceuticals by flushing them down the toilet. However, Great Neck uses groundwater for their drinking water and filtration facilities are not equipped to filter out pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, the GNWPCD will be distributing free pharmaceutical disposal kits at District Headquarters. These kits will allow residents to get rid of unused medications in their original containers, including legally held Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled drugs and narcotics. For more information about the drug schedules, click here.

“The District is pleased to announce it will be renewing last year’s successful initiative to install this service for our taxpayers,” said GNWPCD Superintendent Christopher Murphy. “By offering an easy solution to, and spreading awareness of, the harmful effects of flushing pharmaceuticals, we hope residents will join us in protecting our environment and water supply.”