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Solid Waste Division to hold Prescription Drugs Take-Back event on April 26 in Umatilla

RELEASE DATE: April 20, 2012

UMATILLA – The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in conjunction with the City of Umatilla and Covanta Energy, Inc., will hold a Prescription Drugs Take-Back event on Thursday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Umatilla Fire Department parking lot, located at 1 Cassady St. in Umatilla.

This event will give citizens an opportunity to safely and easily dispose of unwanted medications, which helps prevent improper use by others. The medications will be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner, as well. Lake County’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will also be present to collect unwanted household hazardous waste.

Residents will also be able to dispose of other waste products such as lawn and gardening materials, photo and swimming pool chemicals, paint and related products, cleaning solutions, motor oil and used gas, batteries, fluorescent lamps, light bulbs and small propane tanks.

Materials such as infectious waste, solvents, chemical laboratory waste and radioactive waste are not permitted. 

Lake County has teamed up with Covanta Energy, Inc. in an effort to effectively reduce the amount of mercury that is introduced into the environment. Mercury awareness and collection programs are vital tools that inform and educate the public about mercury-bearing items and ways they should be properly discarded. Covanta Energy, Inc. will also give away $5 Walmart gift cards to residents who turn-in items containing mercury.

For more information about the Prescription Drugs Take-Back event or household hazardous waste collection, call the Lake County Department of Public Works at 352-343-3776.
 

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