Clearing out the Medicine Cabinet

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When cleaning out the medicine cabinet it is important to remember that medications are unlike any other personal care product. They may not be hazardous when using them appropriately but once misused or deposed of incorrectly there can be serious consequences. Misuse of medications is one of the highest causes of death in the last year, additionally improper disposal of medications can be dangerous for our water supply. Do not be alarmed there is a proper way to dispose of your medications in MedDrop boxes around Dane County!

Why it is Important to Properly Dispose of Pharmaceuticals?

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Medications may seem like a small proportion of trash but can add up quickly and one pill can cause  The misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medication can have serious, health consequences and throwing them away in the trash makes them available to anyone who finds them. Throwing medications in the MedDrop boxes guarantees that no one will be harmed!

Another reason it is important to bring medicine to the MedDrop boxes is that pharmaceuticals easily dissolve in water and quickly accumulate in the water system. Flushing medication directly adds the pharmaceuticals to the water system which can either end up in a lake near by or in the drinking water. There is little information on the health impact of pharmaceuticals in water; so it is better safe than sorry!

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What Can Go in MedDrop Boxes?

  • Prescription Medicines (pills, liquids and creams)
  • Over-the-Counter Medicine (pills, liquids and creams
  • Medications for Pets
  • Inhalers
  • Vitamins
  • Nebulizer Solution
  • Medication Samples

How to Dispose of Medicine Properly in MedDrop box:

1. Empty contents of pill bottles into a resealable bag and recycle pill bottles.

2. Leave liquids in original containers and place them in the resealable bag.

3. Bring your medicines in resealable bags and drop them in drop box.

Locations in Dane County

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  • Cambridge Police Dept. – 200 South Spring St.
  • Deerfield Police Dept. – 7 West Deerfield St.
  • Fitchburg Police Dept. – 5520 Lady Rd.
  • Madison Police East District – 809 South Thompson Dr.
  • Madison Police West District – 1710 McKenna Blvd.
  • Mazomanie Police Dept. – 133 Crescent St.
  • McFarland Police Dept. – 5915 Milwaukee St.
  • Middleton Police Dept. – 7341 Donna Dr.
  • Sun Prairie Police Dept. – 200 E. Main St.
  • Waunakee Police Dept. – 205 N. Klein Dr.

More Information:

Safe Communities, a local organization, website gives more info on public health concerns

The UW Health website offers more personal safety information

Medications are a part of life and proper disposal is as important as proper use. Although medicine may seem like a small portion of your trash, even one pill can have serious consequences.

August 17, 2015 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Square Harvest: Bringing Fresh Food to Your Doorstep

Recently we met with the local founder of Square Harvest, Madhavi Krishnan, who wants to make food “open, conscientious and local.” The idea came to her and her husband after they had their first son, and they realized how important quality food is for their family and wanted to share that experience with others. They created an online service that connects consumers to local farmers giving them an outlet to sell their food through an online farmers market. The site is growing rapidly as Krishnan says that “customers themselves have been really supportive and super excited. They really spread the word through friends and families.”


The Best Part

Square Harvest is not only healthy for you, it is also healthy for the planet. Square Harvest’s commitment to local food and delivering straight to your home cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions because it decreases the miles of transportation that would normally be spent sending food from far away places to Wisconsin. This is something that Madhavi specifically wants to change, “it’s ironic that we go to Mexico and California for produce that’s available in Wisconsin,” she said. Using Square Harvest also reduces driving trips to the grocery store due to only one person driving the route to the houses. This can help offset air pollution and gives you the ease of not having to go to the grocery store.

This online service cuts down on food and material waste. Square Harvest gives you time to consider purchases and create a list over a few days, making grocery shopping a conscientious decision. Food is packaged in smaller portions, giving you the right amount to finish in time.

Finally, since this process is so clear and concise, consumers are able to relate with their farmers on a personal level and feel morally connected to the food they eat. This is a bit different than buying food at large grocery stores and on shelves as far as the eye can see. When purchasing food from Square Harvest, you’re buying directly from the source and giving back to the surrounding community. “The best part of the job is I get to talk to the producers and talk about the food, and I also get to meet the customers and build that personal connection,” says Krishnan.


How it Works

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Square Harvest allows farmers to list products online on their website. The straightforward design allows you to look up anything from fruits to pre-made meals. Once you select an item you can immediately know which farm it is from and how it is grown. Not only can you search by farm, the website also allows consumers to filter their search through tags like; Certified Organic, Non GMO and Pasture Raised, making conscientious eating easy.

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Meat and Dairy

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Baked Goods and Specialty Items

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Fruits and Vegetables

Add all the items you need to your cart and send your order in before Thursday and come Saturday they will deliver your items to your home. Square Harvest is here to share local, fresh food with you!


July 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

How to Ditch Driving in Dane County

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Happy happy summer! Nothing like beautiful weather to get those eco-friendly practices going! This season is a great opportunity to renew and kick start the plans and practices that we all have been wanting to achieve. A great way to begin reducing your carbon footprint is to ditch driving around town and start exploring new places to shop and new ways to get around.

Taking the Bus, Biking & Walking

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Life is about the journey not the destination! Once you start to enjoy the trip the walk or bus ride to your destination won’t seem so long. It is a great time to contemplate and be outside. Dane County has a plethora of bus routes to accommodate travelers from all directions as well as many walking and biking paths. Connecting all of these paths and routes it is easy to maneuver yourself around. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  1. A feature on the Google Maps App on your phone will give you exact walking directions and stop times to take the bus, making it that much more accessible.
  2. Check with your employer to see if they offer Metro Commuter Cards, which can give you an unlimited bus pass through your workplace.
  3. Around Madison there are rentable bikes called B-cycle, they are hard to miss as they are all bright red! Using them is cheap and easy giving you the possibility to bike and park all around the city.
  4. If you don’t live in Madison that is no problem either! Dane County has an interactive bike map that gives you all the information you need to bike anywhere in the county.
  5. Need a little more encouragement? With a Bike Benefits sticker on your helmet, you get discounts at participating businesses to bikers with a sticker on their helmet.

Still thinking biking or walking isn’t for you? Just try it out for 10 minutes and you’ll be surprised!

Community & Local Businesses 

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Start shopping at businesses near your home to cut down on length of trips but also to support your local community. Madison has many main streets that are packed with mom and pop stores with everything you need from pharmacy to clothing. Start making local shopping a priority and you will be able to find a store that matches your need. Shopping local helps the environment, allows you to meet your neighbors as well as keeps money in your community.   Win-Win-Win!

  1. The classic example for eating local in Dane County is the Farmers Market, it’s the perfect event to bike to and grab all your groceries and maybe some extra treats.
  2. A few easy stores to switch from chain to local is your grocery store, pharmacy, and hardware store. Next time you are headed to one of these do a quick Google search to see if there is a local store near you.
  3. Dane Buy Local is a great resource to find out the special deals on all small, local businesses. Become a member, save money and support your community.

Location of Home

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Finally, a more long-term commitment to driving less is to move. The next time you are moving it is a great idea to look for a location that has bus stops and is in walking distance to some of the places and stores you go to often. Dane County has many places to live that offer these perks, from downtown to the suburbs there will  be a place that works best for you and your needs! Moving with location in mind is preparing you perfectly to decrease your dependence on oil.

  1. Downtown & State Street: Not only packed with small businesses and bus lines, Downtown is completely walkable! Anywhere you need to go is a walk away, no need to find a parking spot.
  2. Monroe Street: Another small hub in Madison, it is a main street lined with local business and surrounded by a lovely neighborhood (close to the Henry Vilas Zoo!)
  3. Williamson Street: Willy St. is a great small gem in Madison with many local stores, bus lines and great neighbors.
  4. Cannery Square, Sun Prairie: Best of both worlds! Get out of the city but at the same time have a small downtown to meet all of your needs.
  5. Downtown Middleton: Close to the action of Madison but still gives a more suburban feel. Great place to take advantage of the bus lines that’ll take you all over Middleton and Madison.

Driving less saves you gas money as well as  having many personal benefits. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people, be outside more and exercise a bit! Now it is time to go out and enjoy this beautiful weather!

July 9, 2015 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

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