Hazardous waste collection site accepts prescription medications

A hazardous waste collection facility at the Mesa County landfill in Grand Junction now accepts unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications.

“There is a need in our community for safe disposal of these medications,” said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis. “This is clear from the amount of medications we receive on a regular basis. I am thankful for the local option our citizens will continue to have.”

The hazardous waste collection facility took over collection of prescription drugs from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the volume of medications collected there, the sheriff’s office no longer takes medications to the landfill.

The hazardous waste collection facility, located at the landfill at 3071 U.S. Highway 50, also accepts over-the-counter medications as well as syringes.

The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for residential collections. For additional information, call 256-9543 or log on to www.mesacounty.us/swm.hazmat.