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County Continues Partnership With Drug Enforcement Agency For “National Take Back Day”

County Continues Partnership With Drug Enforcement Agency For “National Take Back Day”

County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County will once again partner with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to host a special 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, October 26th at various sites and times throughout Monroe County:

·    Monroe County ecopark located at 10 Avion Drive (8:00am – 1:00pm)
·    Fairport Police Department (10:00am – 2:00pm)
·    East Rochester Police Department (10:00am – 2:00pm)
·    Greece Police Department (10:00am – 2:00pm)
·    Brockport Police Department (10:00am – 2:00pm)
·    Gates Police Department (10:00am – 2:00pm)
·    Webster Wastewater Treatment Plant (226 Phillips Rd) (10:00am – 2:00pm)
·    Brighton Police Department (12:00 noon – 4:00pm)

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.

“This pharmaceutical collection, which is being held for the second time this year, will continue to build upon the tremendous popularity of our award-winning Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program,” said Brooks.  “Monroe County not only collaborates to provide this outstanding service to residents in our area, but our team also leads by example by assisting other communities across the State with their own pharmaceutical waste collections.”

The County, in partnership with the DEA, Wegmans, Covanta Niagara and local police departments, has aided more than 23,000 residents in disposing of more than 58,000 pounds of pharmaceutical waste through the Monroe County Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program. All medications are destroyed by an incineration process overseen by law enforcement.

No appointments are necessary to participate in “National Take Back Day”. Waste from pharmacies, veterinary offices and pharmaceutical businesses are not accepted at these Pharmaceutical waste drop-offs. Residents can access a full schedule by calling 753-7600 (option #3) or by viewing the County’s online household hazardous waste appointment scheduler at http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw.

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