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West Creek Emergency Center to Hold Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and Document Shredding Event

April 11, 2013

Richmond, VA - HCA Virginia’s West Creek Emergency Center is an official collection site for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, where the community can properly dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs as well as sensitive documents in need of shredding.

A national Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led initiative, this year’s event also will include tech recycling and the opportunity for attendees to donate clothing to Goodwill.

The event will take place Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Creek Emergency Center, 12720 Tuckahoe Creek Court, Richmond.

The public will be able to drop off medications and documents through a drive-thru set up. There is a limit of four boxes per automobile for shredding.

Items acceptable by Goodwill include: 
• Clothing
• Shoes
• Furniture in good condition
• Domestics (e.g. sheets, towels)
• Collectibles, jewelry, antiques
• Books
• Household (e.g. dishes, housewares)
• DVDs, CDs, records, tapes
• Small electrical (e.g. radios, clocks, lamps)
• Accessories (e.g. handbags, belts, scarves)
• Computers, printers and monitors - Goodwill partners with Dell in Reconnect, a free environmentally responsible computer recycling program

Items not acceptable by Goodwill are as follows:
• Large household appliances. Stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water heaters. Goodwill does not sell these items in the stores and there are strict ordinances concerning their disposal.
• Large items that do not work. TVs, microwave ovens, copy machines. Goodwill cannot repair these items.
• Building materials. Carpet, shutters, doors, windows, toilets, lumber, concrete, bricks, stones. Goodwill does not sell these items and disposal costs are restrictive.
• Mattresses and box springs. Goodwill does not sell these items in the stores due to state laws requiring them to be sanitized.
• Upholstered couches and chairs which are torn, soiled or otherwise damaged. Goodwill does not repair or clean items and can only offer clean, useable items for sale in the stores.
• Televisions as follows:
        o Large console model televisions and stereos are extremely heavy and present a danger to our employees.
        o Goodwill now only accepts working, flat panel, non-cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions.
• Automobile parts. Tires, wheels, batteries, seats, body parts and engines. Goodwill does not sell these items and disposal costs are restrictive.
• Paint and chemicals of any kind. Goodwill is not allowed to sell or dispose of these items in a landfill.
• Kerosene and gas heaters and appliances. Goodwill is not licensed to handle or sell items of this kind and disposal is expensive and highly restricted.
• Large truck loads of items when over 50 percent of the load is unusable.
• Weapons, guns, ammunition, and related items.
• CPSC frequently recalled items. Infant furniture, car seats, exercise equipment, baby cribs, strollers, carriages, playpens/play yards, children's items containing lead or phthalates.

For more information, call 804.592.7804.