Braunfels Utilities’ new employee volunteers plan to host two community events at one location on Saturday – Operation MedSafe and Community Shred Day.
Both events will take place at the NBU Service Center, located at 355 FM 306, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
NBU, in partnership with the New Braunfels Police Department, will host Operation MedSafe, a program that allows New Braunfels residents to drop off expired and unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter pills, tablets and fluids.
Residents can safely dispose of their medications during this event rather than rinsing them or dumping them in the sewer, where they could potentially contaminate the water supply. All pills and tablets – prescription and over the counter – will be accepted, as well as capsules, patches, liquids and powders left in their original containers.
Items that will not be accepted include insulin syringes, other sharps or needles, unused preloaded auto-injectors, asthma inhalers, tablet cylinders, other aerosol products, medications containing iodine or thermometers containing mercury. Acceptance of these materials places law enforcement, collectors and facility workers who destroy substances at risk of significant damage through puncture, exposure or explosion.
New Braunfels Police officers will be on hand to take possession of the drugs and ensure they are properly disposed of.
The New Braunfels Fire Department will be present at the MedSafe event to inform residents of a year-round program funded by a grant for the safe disposal of expired or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications .
The fire department will provide free take-home disposable disposal system envelopes.
Community Shredding Day allows residents to have their confidential information securely shredded on-site in an environmentally friendly manner.
The shredded material will be taken to a recycling facility.
Up to two boxes in paper format are free. Additional boxes can be shredded for $ 7 each, with the proceeds going to support the NBU utility bill assistance program.