StatsCan reports that many Canadians are disposing of batteries, electronics, and expired medications in the trash, or in the case of medications, even dumping them down the drain. From the CBC:
The study, which examined data collected from the 2006 Households and Environment Survey, looked at how Canadians disposed of batteries, expired medication, old computers and electronics, and leftover paint.
"Although collection programs exist in many parts of the country to safely dispose of and recycle special wastes, a large number of households may not know how to access these programs, given that many dispose of these wastes through the normal waste stream or through the sanitary sewage system," said the report, authored by John Marshall.
Nearly half of Canadians returned expired drugs to a pharmacy or drop-off centre while another 39 per cent buried, flushed or tossed their old medications in the garbage. The remaining respondents said they didn't know how to dispose of the drugs and kept them in their cupboards. Nearly a quarter of households reported having leftover or expired drugs in 2005.
The report noted that even low levels of drugs in the water is a serious concern.
There's no need for Hamiltonians to do so, because there are three free drop-off centres for hazardous waste in the city.
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