The Yellow Jug Old Drugs pharmaceutical collection and disposal program is expanding into southeastern Michigan.

The program is coordinated by the nonprofit Great Lakes Clean Water Organization. It started last year in northeast Michigan and is growing with financial support from Covanta Energy, which disposes of the drugs.

The collection containers provide an alternative to tossing unused, unwanted or expired drugs into the garbage or flushing them down a toilet. Those both can lead to chemicals getting into drinking water.

Covanta Energy operates facilities that turn waste into electricity. It’s a subsidiary of Fairfield, N.J.-based Covanta Holding Corp.

The Great Lakes Clean Water Organization website lists collection sites.

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