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Solid Waste to collect prescription drugs and household hazardous waste on July 26 in Leesburg

RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2012

LEESBURG – The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in conjunction with the Leesburg Police Department, will hold an event to collect prescription drugs and household hazardous waste on Thursday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Walmart parking lot, located at 2501 Citrus Blvd. in Leesburg.

At this event, residents will have the opportunity to safely and easily dispose of unwanted prescription medications, which will help prevent improper use by others. All of the collected medications will be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner. A convenient drive-thru system will allow residents to drop their items off without leaving their vehicle.

“Unattended and unused prescription medications often contribute to accidental poisoning and are the cause of many medical emergencies,” said Johnny Taylor, Lake County’s Hazardous Waste & E-Cycling Supervisor. “That’s why it is important to remove all unused medications right away, and collection events like these make the process convenient and easy for our residents.”

In addition, Lake County’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be present to collect unwanted household hazardous waste. Residents can dispose of 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, waste containing a high content of heavy metals (e.g., mercury and cadmium), chemical laboratory waste and radioactive waste are not permitted. 

For more information about this collection event, call the Lake County Public Works Department at 352-343-3776.


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