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Residents invited to get rid of prescription drugs and household hazardous waste on Sept. 13 in Mount Dora

RELEASE DATE: September 7, 2012

MOUNT DORA – The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in conjunction with the Mount Dora Police Department, is inviting residents to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs and household hazardous waste at a collection event set for Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Walmart parking lot, located at 17030 U.S. Highway 441 in Mount Dora.

This event will provide residents with a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted prescription medications, which helps prevent improper use by others and ensures that all collected items are discarded in an environmentally sensitive manner. A convenient drive-thru system will allow residents to drop their items off without leaving their vehicle.

“Prescription medications often contribute to accidental poisoning and cause numerous medical emergencies when they fall into the wrong hands or are used improperly,” 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 household hazardous waste. Items 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 will all be accepted for disposal.

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, or to find out about future collection events, call the Lake County Public Works Department at 352-343-3776 or view the Lake County Solid Waste Division’s Mobile Unit schedule online.


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