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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Pharmaceutical Disposal Companies Turn Unwanted Drugs Into Power

Title:
Pharmaceutical Disposal Companies Turn Unwanted Drugs Into Power

Abstract:
Don't be so quick to throw out that expired blood pressure medication. Drug disposal companies are taking outdated or recalled prescription drugs from pharmacies and manufacturers and incinerating them, generating energy. Milwaukee-based Capital Returns Inc. last year created enough energy to power more than 220 homes for a year. To do that, it incinerated 6.5 million pounds of pills and other pharmaceuticals, which are sent from pharmacies and drug manufacturers around the country. The company predicts individuals and not just corporate clients soon will be able to have their unwanted drugs incinerated, too, creating an even larger source of energy. Such a move - which the federal government must OK - would give people an alternative to flushing the often toxic substances down their toilets, which can pollute the environment.

URL:
http://www.safemeddisposal.com/documents/pharmaceuticaldisposaljuly07.pdf

Source:
Associated Press via the Herald Tribune

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
July 27, 2007

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