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County, DEA to collect drug waste

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks on Monday announced that Monroe County will once again partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to host a pharmaceutical waste collection day.

The county, local law enforcement agencies and the DEA will hold several no-cost “National Take Back Day” collection events on Saturday at various sites throughout Monroe County:

·        Monroe County ecopark, 10 Avion Drive (7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
·        Fairport Police Department (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
·        East Rochester Police Department (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
·        Greece Police Department (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
·        Brockport Police Department (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
·        Gates Police Department (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
·        Webster Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
·        Brighton Police Department (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Residents can drop off their unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper and secure destruction. Proper disposal of these medications helps preserve our natural resources and protects our residents from possible misuse.

The program has helped dispose of more than 73,000 pounds of pharmaceutical waste. All medications are destroyed by an incineration process overseen by law enforcement.

No appointments are necessary. Waste from pharmacies, veterinary offices and pharmaceutical businesses are not accepted. Residents can access a full schedule by calling (585) 753-7600 (option #3) or by viewing the county’s online household hazardous waste appointment scheduler at www.monroecounty.gov/hhw.

 

 

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