In 2005 the Marshfield Groundwater Guardians group embarked on a mission to educate the public regarding the proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals. The public was warned that the disposal of unused pharmaceuticals into a toilet or drain could NOT be removed with normal wastewater treatment methods. Therefore, Pharmaceutical Take-Back events were scheduled to coincide with Hazardous Waste Collection events. These events collected about 1,400 lbs. of unused pharmaceuticals.
In February, 2008, a permanent pharmaceutical take-back location was established at the City of Marshfield Police Department (110 W. 1st Street). Another nearly 1,300 lbs. of unused pharmaceuticals were collected at this location during this period. These pharmaceuticals are held securely in the Police Department until they are properly transported to an approved hazardous solid waste collection facility.