200 Pounds Of Pharmaceuticals Collected

From left: Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Commissioner Steve Reiter, Nassau County Police Officer Jack Volpe and Commissioner Patty Katz collect pharmaceuticals at the district’s Shed the Meds drive-thru.

The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPCD) collected 200 pounds of expired and unused medications from more than 70 residents at its third Shed the Meds event—a free pharmaceutical drop-off program hosted at district headquarters­—in partnership with Reach Out America, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, North Shore Action, Nassau County Police, Northwell Health and Boy Scouts Troop 10.

“We thank local residents for utilizing this convenient process of disposing pharmaceuticals and playing an important role in keeping the chemicals found in medications out of our water supply,” said Commissioner Steve Reiter. “It is always incredible to see the number of people who come down to participate in this environmentally friendly event and help spread the word on the harmful effects of flushing pharmaceuticals.”

The district, whose mission is to protect the bay, the environment and the health of the society, also offers residents free pharmaceutical disposal kits that can be used throughout the year at its headquarters at 236 East Shore Rd.

GNWPCD Commissioner Patty Katz (second from left), Commissioner Steve Reiter (third from right) and Superintendent Christopher Murphy (second from right) are with Nassau County Police Officer Jack Volpe (far right) and GNWPCD representatives at the Shed the Meds event.

A special commissioner-run district within the Town of North Hempstead, the GNWPCD has provided sewage services for the Great Neck area since 1914, currently serving more than 25,000 residents and businesses in the villages of Great Neck, Saddle Rock, Kensington, Thomaston and Great Neck Plaza east of Middle Neck Road, as well as the unincorporated areas north of the LIRR and a part of Manhasset.

“As commissioners we are constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance our facility to ensure that it’s eco friendly and cost effective for future generations. It is especially gratifying when we can create programs that the entire community can participate in together to help protect the environment,” said Commissioner Patty Katz. “We look forward to our next Shed the Meds event in the spring.”

For additional information, call 516-482-0238 or visit www.gnwpcd.net.

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