By Diana Graettinger
After a one-year hiatus, residents April 24 have been wanting to get rid of unused medicine and paperwork on the Solar Metropolis Posse’s Take-Again-Medicine and Shred-A-Thon.
One other good thing about the day? It proved that we’re taking steps to return to what-used-to-be an everyday occasion.
It has been a battle as assorted medicine and a whole bunch of items of paper and paperwork piled up through the year-long battle as homebound residents navigated the maze of COVID-19. Hopefully as individuals get vaccinated, proceed to social distance and put on masks, it implies that the Posse can get again to doing what it does greatest, assist Solar Metropolis residents. The Take-Again-Drug and Shred-a-Thon is only a first step.
Volunteers with the Solar Metropolis Posse, in cooperation with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Workplace, have been on responsibility to assist get rid of these pesky medicine. Additionally on responsibility have been members of the Solar Metropolis PRIDES and the Retirement Group Affiliation. They have been there at hand out data and to remind our residents that they’re nonetheless right here.
Solar Metropolis residents dropped off a whole bunch of bottles of unused medicine through the MCSO and Solar Metropolis Posse “Nationwide Take-Again Initiative.” This system additionally was sponsored by the Arizona Drug Enforcement Company and the Solar Metropolis Dwelling House owners Affiliation.
Too typically pharmaceuticals are left in drugs cupboards and cabinets, and after a one-year hole, our residents have been able to do some dumping. Drugs within the house are a number one explanation for unintended poisoning and flushing or trashed medicines can find yourself polluting Arizona waters.
Consultants agree that take-back packages reminiscent of this one is a primary selection. Legislation enforcement, public well being and environmental professionals are united in assist of take-back packages because the most secure and most accountable approach to get rid of undesirable and expired medicines.
Posse volunteers, together with June Bryant and Cheryl Fallon, have been busy dumping medicine into giant bins below the watchful eye of a MCSO deputy. The collected medicines are sealed after which incinerated.
Lt. David Powers, who’s in control of visitors and patrol for the Posse, mentioned vehicles have been lined alongside Sunland Drive all the way in which to Agua Fria at 8 a.m. once we opened. The primary rush of visitors included greater than 250 vehicles, golf vehicles and some individuals on bikes. Throughout the subsequent 4 hours there was a gradual stream of visitors.
Dave Miller, Posse commander, mentioned that he was happy with the turnout.
“We not solely are providing a group service by getting unused medicine out of our Solar Metropolis homes, however we are also serving to to guard the atmosphere,” he mentioned.
Whereas one half of the Solar Metropolis Posse headquarter car parking zone was devoted to accumulating medicine, the opposite half was arrange for undesirable trash. Assured Paperwork Destruction had three vans on web site and Solar Metropolis residents crammed two of them. Posse member Steve Arnold and Bob Kish, who works for the doc destruction firm, have been all smiles as they collected undesirable papers, flyers and paperwork that have been then shredded.
On one other a part of the car parking zone, PRIDES members had a tent arrange and have been handing out details about their group. Have you ever ever observed how clear Solar Metropolis is in contrast with different communities? Do you’re taking be aware that there aren’t any deserted beer/soda cans or wads of paper on the streets or within the medians? That’s due to the PRIDES. The group was organized in 1982 and its members work arduous to maintain the 210 miles of roads, parkways and medians in Solar Metropolis clear and neat, amongst different duties. So in the event you see a person or girl in a shiny orange vest, likelihood is they’re choosing up trash, so take a second and inform them thanks.
One other group on deck through the weekend occasion was the RCA, who additionally had volunteers standing by at hand out details about their group.
All in all it was a really profitable weekend for Solar Metropolis. The residents disposed of undesirable objects and the Posse, the PRIDES and RCA confirmed that they’re again and prepared to make Solar Metropolis the good group we’ve realized to like.
Editor’s Word: Diana Graettinger is Solar Metropolis Posse public data officer.