The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District (GNWPCD) recently announced that it is once again hosting its biannual “Shed the Meds” event on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its headquarters at 236 East Shore Rd., Great Neck. The GNWPCD encourages the community to take advantage of its contactless drive-thru event, which provides residents with an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired medications as well as sharps.
“We look forward to the Shed the Meds event every six months, as it affords us the opportunity to provide our community with a safe, easy way of disposing of potentially dangerous medications or pharmaceutical supplies,” GNWPCD Chairman Steve Reiter said. “Community involvement in this event continues to grow, and we are excited to see what Shed the Meds brings this time around.”
“Long Island’s sole source of water is from the aquifers. Giving residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals in a safe and environmentally friendly way, in the spring and fall, protects our ground water and Manhasset Bay,” Commissioner Patty Katz said.
This year, the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District has partnered with Reach Out America, the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, the Nassau County Police Department and the Great Neck North High School Key Club. Due to the community’s continued participation and enthusiasm surrounding this event, the District has been able to collect more than 2,500 pounds of pharmaceutical waste over the last six years.
For additional information and updates about the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, visit www.gnwpcd.net or call the office at 516-482-0238.
—Submitted by the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District