What is the Big Red Barrel?
The Big Red Barrel Program is designed to reduce misuse of prescription drugs in a community by proactive collection and disposal through safe means, utilizing a local “drop-off barrel” point. The barrels are permanent units located at police stations, and allow community members to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medication for free.
All medication is then collected and transported by law enforcement officials, and disposed of in an environmentally safe, EPA-approved manner. Pharmaceutically-controlled substances are accepted including, but not limited to, OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. No questions will be asked.
Our motto is “Don’t flush, toss, share, or save for later. Use the Big Red Barrel.”
Why Use Big Red Barrel?
SRSLY MANCHESTER YOUTUBE VIDEO:
MEDICATION SAFETY & PROPER DISPOSAL OF MEDICATION
KLAGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: MATH & SCIENCE NIGHT
(INCLUDES a Brief Segment on Consequences of Tobacco Use Activity)
HOW DOES THE BIG RED BARREL WORK?
There are three simple steps to the process:
- Bring your unused, expired, or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter pills, in their original containers, to the Sheriff’s Station in the lower level of the Manchester Village Office, 912 City Road. The hours for drop-off are: 8am-4:30pm M-F, and during library hours).
- Place medications in the plastic bags provided at the drop-off chute located in the hallway at the Sheriff’s Station. Seal the bags and deposit in the chute. Do not place any containers with your personal information in the barrel. (There will be posted instructions and supplies available there for your use.)
- Feel good about doing the right thing to protect our kids, and our environment!
*Please note: Only solid medicines are accepted.
** Contact your local pharmacy to ask about proper disposal of the following items.
*** Check out ewashtenaw.org for County specific disposal information options.
Chelsea Police Department
311 S. Main Street Chelsea, MI 48118
Dexter (Washtenaw County Sheriff sub-station) 8140 Main Street Dexter, MI 48130
Scio Township (Washtenaw County Sheriff sub-station)
1055 N. Zeeb Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103