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Dinolfo Announces Chili-Paul Wegmans Pharmaceutical Waste Collection

Dinolfo Announces Chili-Paul Wegmans Pharmaceutical Waste Collection

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced that the County’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) is partnering with Wegmans and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to hold a pharmaceutical waste collection on Saturday, August 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chili-Paul Wegmans, located at 3175 Chili Avenue.

“Monroe County is proud of its collaborative partnership with Wegmans to host free-of-charge pharmaceutical waste drop-offs for county residents,” said Dinolfo. “With a significant rise in the abuse of prescription drugs throughout the country, these collections continue to serve as an outstanding resource allowing for the safe disposal of potentially harmful substances. These drugs are too dangerous to leave sitting unused or unwanted in our homes and these collections are a commonsense way we can get substances out of our neighborhoods and disposed of safely.”

Waste from pharmacies, veterinary offices and pharmaceutical businesses are not accepted at these waste drop-offs. All medications will be destroyed by an incineration process which is overseen by law enforcement. No appointments are needed.

Residents can also drop off their unused medications at the Sheriff’s Office Substations, as well as local Police Departments in Brighton, Brockport, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Irondequoit, Ogden and Webster. Drop-offs are also held at the Monroe County ecopark on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Residents can access a full schedule by viewing the ecopark’s website at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/.

Pharmaceutical Drop-offs are part of Monroe County’s Refresh Recycling campaign. When residents recycle properly it benefits the environment and our economy. Recycling creates and sustains more jobs in Monroe County. Studies have shown that for every 1,000 tons of recycled material, 2 jobs are created. Monroe County estimates well over 300,000 tons of recyclables were collected in 2017, sustaining almost 700 jobs.

Monroe County’s pharmaceutical waste collections have won several awards, including the New York State DEC’s Environmental Excellence Award and the United States EPA’s 2009 Environmental Quality Award.