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Posted on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Unwanted prescription drugs, old electronics being collected Saturday in Ann Arbor

By Amy Biolchini

Washtenaw County residents doing spring cleaning this weekend can take advantage of several planned collections of prescription drugs and old electronics in the Ann Arbor area Saturday.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday. Three collections are planned at law enforcement agencies in Washtenaw County.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. people can take unwanted prescription drugs to various law participating enforcement agencies for disposal:

  • Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 2201 Hogback Road in Ann Arbor
  • Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety at 6227 W. Michigan Ave. in Pittsfield Township
  • Saline Police Department at 100 N. Harris Road in Saline

Participating agencies also are listed through the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s website. Local pharmacies coordinate medication disposals program year-round as well.

The University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Public Schools will be hosting an electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer High School at 601 W. Stadium Blvd., in Ann Arbor.

The e-waste event is free to the public and there is no limit to the amount of old or outdated electronics people can bring.

Accepted materials include: CRT monitors, LCD displays, laptops, servers, wires, cables, keyboards, mice, speakers, hard drives, TVs, DVD players, VCRs, stereo systems, camcorders, cameras, radios, video game systems, cellphones, pagers, telephones, fax machines, copiers, typewriters, microwaves, printers and scanners.

Materials that will not be accepted include smoke detectors, household appliances, hairdryers, light bulbs and CRT screens that are broken or cracked.

All materials collected at the events will be dissembled into raw materials at facilities in the U.S. for re-use. Storage devices like hard drives will be mechanically shredded.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Shawn Letwin

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

The event is organized very efficiently. Several lanes for people to pull up to and lots of volunteers to unload it for you. Had a pickup full of stuff and it is was unloaded in less than five minutes! We got there around 11:30. Glad the volunteers had a great weather day! Thanks to UofM, AAPS (Pioneer facility people) and to all of the volunteers! Enjoy, take care and be well. p.s. thanks to for the timely notices over the last few weeks to publicize the event.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

I've heard that Charlie Sheen was spotted in A2 today


Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 5:17 p.m.

e-Waste pickup at Pioneer was amazingly fast, friendly, and efficient. Pittsfield Township's e-waste day is a huge hassle in comparison.


Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 3:43 p.m.

I went down to Pioneer this morning around 10:30. I was the last in a string of 5 cars that pulled in at the same time and there was no wait at all. I had two large TVs and some boxes of old electronic equipment. I don't think it was even five minutes from the moment I pulled in the driveway until I was on my way out. It's a great operation they have going down there. There are three or four lanes with three or four drop-off stations each. Each station with four or five volunteers to unload you. Very efficient and friendly too.

David Cahill

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

There is no line at the Pioneer High recycling operation. I went right through and dropped off an old TV. The project is in the Pi High parking lot, so the best entrance is off S. Main. But you can also get there by taking the main entrance off of Stadium.


Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 12:59 p.m.

I've gone too many years and the long line means I sit in my idling car. This (along with global warming/cooling and climate change) facilitates the detruction of our environment. So I'm just gonna toss my drugs and e-waste into the river.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 10:49 p.m.

What? You're not going to blame Obama for the long lines...

Ron Burgandy

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 11 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan will also take your unwanted prescription drugs free of charge.


Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 10:47 a.m.

Best Buy and other stores take electronics for free every day. See their website for restrictions.