GNWPCD collects 200 pounds of pharmaceuticals

GNWPCD collects 200 pounds of pharmaceuticals
Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Commissioner Patty Katz, Commissioner Steve Reiter, and Superintendent Christopher Murphy stand with Nassau County Police Officer Jack Volpe and GNWPCD representatives at the recent Shed the Meds event. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District)

The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District recently welcomed more than 70 local residents at its third Shed the Meds event, a free pharmaceutical drop-off program hosted at the district’s headquarters at 236 E. Shore Road in Great Neck.

In partnership with Reach Out America, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, North Shore Action, Nassau County Police, Northwell Health and the Boy Scouts Troop 10, the District collected 200 pounds of expired and unused medications.

“We thank local residents for utilizing this convenient process of disposing pharmaceuticals and playing an important role in keeping the chemicals found in medications out of our water supply,” Commissioner Steve Reiter said. “It is always incredible to see the number of people who come down to participate in this environmentally-friendly event and help spread the word on the harmful effects of flushing pharmaceuticals.”

In between events, the district offers residents free pharmaceutical disposal kits that can be used throughout the year at the district’s headquarters.

“As commissioners we are constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance our facility to ensure that it’s eco-friendly and cost-effective for future generations,” Commissioner Patty Katz said. “It is especially gratifying when we can create programs that the entire community can participate in together to help protect the environment.”

“We look forward to our next Shed the Meds event in the spring,” she added.

For additional information and updates about the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, call 516-482-0238 or visit

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