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Originally published: 2013-08-29 17:05:42
Last modified: 2013-08-29 17:08:19

Almost 200 come out to dispose of hazardous waste

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Avery’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day took place on Saturday, Aug. 24. Avery County Solid Waste Department provides this one-day event free of charge for Avery County residents. This year, 188 patrons took advantage of the event. Avery Solid Waste Department assistant director Eric Foster reported that the volume collected was greater than last year’s. For outdated and unused prescription disposal, investigator Troy Cook reported that approximately 10,000 dosage units were disposed of. “It was not as busy as it has been in previous years, but people bring unused prescriptions by the sheriff’s office for disposal throughout the year now.” Cook also reported that the sheriff’s department plans to set up a drop box for prescription disposal.

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