Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just Throw Them Out - referring to drugs

Just Throw Them Out | The Scientist:

"The researchers compared three possible disposal methods: flushing the drugs, returning them to a pharmacy for incineration, or throwing them away. While incineration rendered the drugs completely inactive, the annual cost of a national drug take-back program could be as high as $2 billion. Flushing the drugs down the toilet would result in the highest environmental exposure to the chemicals. On the other hand, prior research had suggested that leaching from a landfill was not a significant source of pollution. Therefore, trash disposal is the simplest and most economical strategy."

'via Blog this'

Source:
Life Cycle Comparison of Environmental Emissions from Three Disposal Options for Unused Pharmaceuticals

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