In 2010, Vaught started brainstorming about its product, the Element Medication Disposal System. The idea was to give folks more options for safely and effectively disposing of expired or unwanted medications.
"It's an answer to a problem nationwide," said Daniel Keaton, director of business development for Vaught. "It's kind of a one stop to get rid of everything you have."
In six steps, people can dispose of solid or liquid medicines. Consumers place unwanted medicine into a 32-ounce or a 17-ounce bottle. Next, they add the powder pack into the bottle.
After adding water and shaking the bottle's contents, the unwanted medication is ready to be disposed of. The product complies with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recommendations for drug disposal.
The company first tested its product at Hospice of Southern West Virginia in Beckley. Keaton said the feedback has been phenomenal. Since initial testing, the company engaged with community collations, solid waste authorities, watersheds, law enforcement agencies and funeral homes.
Right now the product is available to purchase online. The larger kit sells for $10 and the smaller $7.
"We'd love to get our product in front of the entire United States," Keaton said.
After the audition voting round, finalists will participate in a web series during the fall. Voting will then select winners to have products sold on Walmart shelves nationwide. Walmart officials did not respond about further contest information before publication.Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.