The Ottawa County Department of Public Health recently relocated its Grand Haven office to 1207 S. Beechtree St. They said space limitations at the new, smaller site prevents them from offering medication disposal services.
To find other Ottawa County medication disposal locations, visit www.miOttawa.org/eco.
The local Cleanup Our River Environment group has two sites in the Tri-Cities where "sharps" and old meds can be dropped off for proper and safe disposal at an incineration site in Grand Rapids. The boxes are at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, 525 Washington Ave. (the box is in the lobby and available 24/7); and the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department, 102 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake (the box is in the lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
Other sites in the area managed by the county health department are at Grand Haven Township Hall, 13250 168th Ave. (the box in the lobby for medicine disposal is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday); D&W Pharmacy, 1116 Robbins Road in Grand Haven (during store hours); and Pfaff's Pharmacy, 1125 Washington Ave., Grand Haven (also during store hours).
By the way, from 2010 to 2013, the county health department says its disposal program served 26,387 Ottawa County residents to process and properly dispose of 653,246 total pounds of hazardous waste; 5,989 pounds were prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Never, ever flush medicine down the toilet or drain.
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