Residents of eastern Racine County are invited Saturday to clear hazardous waste out of their basements and garages and remove unnecessary and unused medications from their medicine cabinets.
Household hazardous waste collection is the third Saturday of every month April through October. This weekend, though, is also a medication collection date.
The Village of Sturtevant Police Department recently noted on its Facebook page that prescription painkiller overdoses among young people has increased 260 percent over the last few years.
Through its Dose of Reality website, the state Department of Justice offers an interactive map where residents can find medication drop-off locations whether or not a special collection date is scheduled.
In eastern Racine County, collection boxes are available in the lobbies of the Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, Racine and Sturtevant police departments:
Caledonia, 6900 Nicholson Road
24 hours a day
Mount Pleasant, 8811 Campus Drive
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Racine, 730 Center Street
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
24 hours a day
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