County Continues Partnership With Drug Enforcement Agency For “National Take Back Day”
County Executive Maggie Brooks today 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, April 26th, at various sites throughout Monroe County:
· Monroe County ecopark located at 10 Avion Drive (7:30am – 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 will continue to build upon the tremendous popularity of our award-winning Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program,” said Brooks. “Monroe County not only leads by example by assisting other communities across the State with their own pharmaceutical waste collections, but this program also plays a vital role in protecting our local environment and enhancing our community's world class quality of life.”
The County, in partnership with the DEA, Wegmans, Covanta Niagara and local police departments, has aided more than 25,000 residents in disposing of more than 61,000 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.