FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pamela Quidley
Manager, Communications and External Affairs
830.312.7940 | firstname.lastname@example.org
(New Braunfels, TX – October 8, 2021) – New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) employee volunteers will host two community events at one location on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Operation MedSafe, and Community Shred Day will be held at the NBU Service Center, located at 355 FM 306, from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
New Braunfels Utilities, in partnership with New Braunfels Police Department, will host Operation MedSafe, a program that allows New Braunfels residents to drop off expired and unused prescription medications, and over-the-counter pills, tablets, and liquids. Residents can safely dispose of their medications at this event rather than flushing them or pouring them down the drain, where they could potentially contaminate the water supply. All pills and tablets, (both prescription and over-the-counter) will be accepted as well as capsules, patches, liquids, and powders left in their original containers. No insulin syringes, other sharps or needles, unused preloaded auto-injectors, asthma inhalers, compressed cylinders, other aerosol products, iodine-containing medications, or mercury-containing thermometers will be accepted. Accepting these materials places law enforcement, the collectors, and employees at the facilities that destroy the substances at risk of significant harm by puncture, exposure, or explosion. New Braunfels Police Officers will be on-site to take possession of the medications and ensure they are properly disposed of.
The New Braunfels Fire Department will be at the MedSafe event to inform residents about a grant-funded, year-round program for safe disposal of expired or unwanted prescriptions and over the counter medications. The Fire Department will offer free Single Use Disposal System envelopes to take home.
Community Shred Day, taking place at the same site, at the same time, allows residents the opportunity to have their confidential information securely shredded, on-site, in an environmentally friendly manner. Shredded materials will be taken to a facility for recycling. Up to two copy paper-sized boxes are FREE. Additional boxes can be shredded for $7 each, with proceeds going to help support the NBU Utility Bill Assistance Program.
To learn more about these events, visit nbutexas.com/med-shred, or call 830.629.8454.
About New Braunfels Utilities:
Dedicated to excellence in service, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 and is one of 2,000 community-owned, nonprofit public power electric utilities in the nation. The mission of NBU is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative, essential services. Governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council, NBU is committed to being a recognized and trusted community partner, providing essential electric, water, and wastewater services. Utility revenue is invested back into the utility systems, which benefits the community. New Braunfels Utilities makes an annual transfer to the City of New Braunfels, which in turn helps to pay for services such as fire, police, and parks. Additionally, in 2016, NBU repurposed its former 16-acre warehouse site to become the Headwaters at the Comal, to serve as its conservation legacy, which will strengthen the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs. Follow NBU on Facebook at facebook.com/newbraunfelsutilities, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and to learn more, visit nbutexas.com.