Cherry Valley-based Ringland-Johnson Construction recently donated a portable office trailer to Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) for the organization’s medication disposal collection in Machesney Park.
KNIB used the trailer to help oversee and organize its most recent collection drive at Machesney Park Mall. The nonprofit group hosts several collection drives each year for local residents to dispose of materials that are unsafe for landfills, such as scrap metal, paint and medication.
“Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s efforts protect something that affects each and every one of us on a daily basis,” said Ringland-Johnson Operations Assistant Mike Adamson. “We’re proud to support this worthy cause.”
The collection effort allows residents to get rid of expiring prescription or over-the-counter drugs safely and free of charge. Certain types of medication can seep into groundwater if not properly thrown away, creating potential health and environmental hazards. A U.S. Geological Survey found measurable amounts of one or more types of medication in 80 percent of water samples from 139 streams in 30 states.
Visit knib.org for more information on Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and its recycling programs.