Shortly after Rush County decided to form its own solid waste district (Clean Green Rush), which took effect in January 2006, Carole Yeend was hired as director. Since that time Yeend has led a successful effort to reduce costs to the county and find alternatives to filling area land fills.
One of the first issues tackled by Yeend was to reduce the amount of prescription medications being poured down drains or discarded and eventually finding their way to landfills.
A concerted was made to inform the general public on responsibly discarding unwanted or out dated medications. That resulted in city and county residents handing the medicines to officers at the Rushville Police Department or the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.
Since that time, the public has embraced the practice and the amount of medications collected has increased annually.
Now, secure receptacles have been placed in the lobby of both local law enforcement agencies and residents no longer are required to meet with an officer to properly discard their unwanted medicines. The receptacles were paid for with a Sea Grant.
According to Yeend, the Sea Grant group works to avoid water pollution in the Great Lakes region and offers the collection boxes at no cost.
Once a substantial collection is made, deputies from the RCSD take the unwanted drugs to Covanta in Indianapolis where the medications are incinerated at no cost.
Yeend also reminds everyone that the first Saturday of each month Rush County residents can properly and safely dispose of hazardous materials and electronic items at the Smiley Avenue disposal site.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106