Press release submitted by Waste Commission of Scott County.|
DAVENPORT -- Area residents can safely dispose of old medications, exchange mercury thermometers for a digital, drop off compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and mercury thermostats, pick up and drop off medical sharps containers, have data-sensitive documents shredded, and new this year, drop off new and gently used home health equipment and supplies during Operation Medicine Cabinet, Sept. 20-22.
Operation Medicine Cabinet will be in Eldridge, Bettendorf and Davenport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
*Thursday, Sept. 20 -- Medic EMS Facility, LeClaire Road & Highway 61, Eldridge
*Friday, Sept. 21 -- Surrey Heights Fire Station, 5002 Crow Creek Road, Bettendorf
*Saturday, Sept. 22 -- Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Avenue, Davenport
Operation Medicine Cabinet events are free of charge and open to residents of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Business waste will not be accepted at these events. Following is additional information and guidelines about each type of item that will be collected.
• Prescription and non-prescription drugs will be accepted.
• Medications can be left in original containers.
• Scott County law-enforcement officials supervise the disposal of all materials.
• Documents for shredding should be in bags or cardboard boxes; containers will not be returned.
• Only paper documents will be accepted for shredding.
• Staples and paperclips in paper documents are acceptable.
• Binders and metal rings in paper documents are not acceptable.
• Sharps for disposal must be in a sealed, rigid container.
• New red, rigid Sharps containers will be provided to customers upon request.
• Mercury thermometers, thermostats and CFLs must be packaged to prevent breakage.
• Only one digital thermometer will be given per household.
Home Health Equipment and Supplies
Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently opened a Health & Home division with a goal of diverting usable health products from area landfills and providing affordable home health equipment for those with health issues. Items that will be accepted at the event include:
• Hand grips
• Packaged supplies that are unopened or not expired (bandage items, diapers, ostomy supplies, tubing, boots, slings)
• Shower chairs
• Vision magnifiers & other aids for low vision
• Walker baskets
ReStore Health & Home accepts other medical supplies and equipment at their store. For more information, visit www.restoreqc.org or call (563) 349-7339.
This event is sponsored by: City of Bettendorf, Bettendorf Police Department, Davenport Police Department, Document Destruction and Recycling Services, Generations Area Agency on Aging, Habitat ReStore Health & Home, Iowa American Water, Medic EMS, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Scott County Health Department, Scott County Sheriff's Office, Waste Commission of Scott County and Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.
For additional information about the event, call Waste Commission of Scott County at (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.