Subscribe for 33¢ / day
No Drugs Down the Drain

Joan Dambros, right, accepts a bag of “sharps” from a resident during No Drugs Down the Drain on Saturday, April 22, outside of the Calistoga Police Station. Dambros is a member of Soroptimists International of Calistoga that hosts the event twice a year to collected unwanted, unused medications and used medical needles.

A “No Drugs Down the Drain” collection and free hazardous waste disposal are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, Soroptimist International of Calistoga announced earlier this week.

The service club, along with the Calistoga Police Department and Adventist Health/St. Helena Hospital, will offer free collection of unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs at the Calistoga Farmer’s Market, across from Calistoga City Hall a collection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unwanted pet medications and used syringes (“sharps”) are welcome. As in the past, the sponsors emphasize this collection is for home-based drop offs only — no business wastes will be accepted.

To transport “sharps,” residents should use tightly sealed, leak and puncture-resistant containers with a lid, such as a coffee can, bleach bottle or similar container. St. Helena Hospital will supply waste containers to transport the waste to the hospital’s incinerator.

Dangerously high levels of pharmaceutical chemicals are in California’s groundwater, rivers and coastal waters. Unused medicines dumped down a drain or into a landfill harm fish, wildlife and the drinking water supply.

“We’re fortunate to have environmentally-mindful facilities like St. Helena Hospital to dispose of these medications safely,” said Nushi Safinya, Soroptimist International Calistoga president. “Their help allows all of us to ‘do the right thing’.”

“We’re committed to continuing these events in our ongoing effort to properly dispose of these dangerous items,” said Safinya. “Tell your friends, co-workers and neighbors— ‘No drugs down the drain’.”

That same day, on Oct. 21, Upper Valley Waste Management Agency (UVWMA) is hosting a free household hazardous waste drop-off for all up-valley residents who receive waste collection services from Upper Valley Disposal Services or use Clover Flat Landfill. This waste collection will take place at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Examples of what can be turned in include fluorescent bulbs, batteries, antifreeze, oil filters, aerosol spray cans, used motor oil, and paints. It is recommended to transport less than 15 gallons or 125 pounds at one time.

For more information on household hazardous waste disposal, call UVWMA at 259-8330.

For more information on the drug drop-off visit the website: or call Gayle Keller at 942-0890.


The Weekly Calistogan Editor