Free Shredding and Drug Toss Opportunity
Shred confidential documents and dispose of unused drugs Saturday October 18
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – Want to safely get rid of those old prescription drugs or shred some documents you don’t need anymore? Then come to the free Drug Toss and Shredding Event sponsored by Metro Public Works, Metro Police and Metro Council on Saturday, October 18.
Citizens can protect themselves from identify theft and divert unused medications from the waste stream or misuse by bringing documents and drugs to the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1032 Phillips Lane, across from the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.
There is no limit on the amount of material residents may bring. Businesses may not participate in this event. All paper materials will be shredded on site and recycled to make materials such as compost, tissues and toilet paper. Qualified items include documents, discs, hard drives, credit cards and other confidential materials. Shredding donated by the Louisville Branch of Shred-It Louisville.
The Drug Toss will be done as a drive-through event. Bring expired or unused medications, bulk or loose tablets and capsules, or medications that should have been kept cold but were not. Black out all personal information on ALL medication containers that will be tossed.
For safety reasons, we cannot accept sharps, needles, lances, cosmetics, personal care or hygiene items. Hospitals and medical offices may not participate in this event.
Medication products should NEVER be flushed down the toilet or drain, burned in the open or thrown in the trash because they can contaminate the environment if they get into the drinking and ground water. They may kill bacteria or produce drug resistant bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic systems if flushed down the drain. Burning can release toxic pollutants into the air. They can be scavenged from your trash receptacles to be illegally used or sold. They can be taken mistakenly and cause serious health problems.
Additional tips to prevent identity theft:
Do not keep Social Security cards in wallet or purse
Do not put bills or checks in home mailbox for pickup
Check credit reports, bank statements and credit card statements often for irregularities
Shred all documents with personal information
Never give personal information to someone on the phone, internet or email claiming to be your bank
Do not store credit card numbers on shopping websites