The Marshfield Groundwater Guardians volunteer group in 2005 embarked on a mission to educate the public regarding the proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals. The public was advised that the disposal of unused pharmaceuticals into a toilet or drain could NOT be removed with normal wastewater treatment methods. Pharmaceutical Take-Back events were scheduled and in February, 2008, a permanent pharmaceutical take-back location was established at the City of Marshfield Police Department (110 W 1st St). Groundwater Guardian volunteers continue to sort through the collection, twice a year at the Marshfield Police Department, to recycle non-med and transfer meds to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) / U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved containers for their transportation to final destruction. From 2005 through 2016 approximately 11,778 pounds of unused pharmaceuticals have been collected at this location.
To recycle unused medications (prescription or non-prescription) bring them to the Marshfield Police Department front entrance during regular business hours.