143 Permanent Collection Bins in 78 Counties statewide
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies, announced today the growing success of the permanent collection bins for Tennessee residents to properly dispose of used or unwanted medication. Today’s announcement brings the total of 143 permanent collection bins statewide.
Along with several local agencies, other state departments that partnered with TDEC were the Tennessee Department of Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Safety and Homeland Security, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Through TDEC’s Pharmaceutical Collection Program, the permanent bins offer a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted medication, while creating opportunities for residents to promote environmental protection and a safer community. National statistics suggest that nearly 90 percent of Americans improperly dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.