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Monday breakdown: Discarding empty medication bottles

March 03, 2013

A reader recently called Mail Call to ask where residents can turn in empty medication bottles.

In Hagerstown, plastic containers with numbers one through seven  — medicine bottles, milk bottles, water bottles, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, etc. — are acceptable recyclables in the city’s curb-side program, according to City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

Bottles with labels will be accepted, he said, but the lids and medicine should be removed.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carly Hose said the sheriff’s office accepts leftover medicine and the bottles as part of its Prescription Drug Turn-in Program.

Residents are welcome to take their prescription medication bottles to the Patrol Division at the sheriff’s office, at 500 Western Maryland Parkway, anytime, Hose said.

She said the sheriff’s office also holds collections in other parts of the county. The next collection is scheduled for March 23 at the Washington County Health Department at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

— Dan Dearth

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