Provide life-saving drug disposal sites in Cook County

Unless medications are properly disposed of, they can contaminate lakes, streams, and drinking water supplies. And water treatment facilities cannot remove pharmaceuticals from water, creating health risks for you and your family, as well as our aquatic friends. Safe disposal also means that dangerous prescription drugs are less likely to be abused or misused. Cook […]

Permanent medicine disposal sites in Champaign-Urbana

A new Champaign-Urbana area program has collection boxes available at the following locations to accept unwanted or expired medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program will accept medicines at these locations: Champaign Police Department, 82 E. University Ave, Champaign Urbana Police Department, 400 S. Vine St, Urbana University […]

PRN on the Smile Politely Radio Podcast

Traci Barkley and Robert Hirschfeld of Prairie Rivers Network sat down with the Smile Politely Radio team to discuss a number of important issues facing Illinois’ waters. The conversation covered agricultural and landscape runoff, a proposed Central Illinois coal mine, Asian carp, green infrastructure, and the effects of improperly disposed pharmaceuticals and other household chemicals. […]

Dispose of medicines & personal care products safely on September 29

Guest blog post from Laura Kammin of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host another nationwide medicine take-back on Saturday, September 29. Expired and unused medications can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at one of 200 participating locations in Illinois. Check out the DEA’s website to find an […]

Toss Those Unwanted Electronics and Pharmaceuticals (Safely)!

This Saturday, October 29, presents two opportunities to do some housecleaning that will keep polluting chemicals out of our rivers AND help you clean out your closets! 1. Recycle your electronics! (Champaign County residents only) Champaign County is holding an electronics recycling event from 8:00 am to noon at the News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, […]