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Pueblo events to allow disposal of household items, prescription drugs

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Puebloans will have the chance to safely dispose of some unwanted items on Saturday at two free events hosted by the City of Pueblo and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

The PCSO is hosting a national drug take-back event where citizens can drop off expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs for free.

Prescription drugs can be accepted anonymously and will be disposed of safely. Sheriff’s deputies will pick them up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations:

  • Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office West Substation, 320 Joe Martinez Blvd.;
  • Pueblo Rural Fire Station, 29912 US Highway 50 East (between Wago Drive and 30th Lane);
  • Valley Health Mart Pharmacy, 4493 Bent Brothers Blvd., Colorado City.

According to the sheriff’s office, items that will not be accepted at the take-back event are needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, pressure canisters, illegal drugs and chemotherapy drugs.

The an event occurs twice a year and was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a preventative measure to avoid drug abuse or opioid addiction.

The DEA has collected nationwide data on the event since 2016, which shows that the DEA collects between 400 and 500 tons of prescription drugs from more than 6,000 collection sites for each event.

More information on recovery events in Pueblo:Pueblo County to host drop-off sites for National Prescription Drug Pickup Day

The city of Pueblo is hosting its own event on Saturday at the Colorado State Fairgrounds called “Team up to Clean Up.” It will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will allow citizens to get rid of household items and garden debris free of charge.

Each household is limited to items totaling a van-sized truckload and may bring furniture, mattresses and excess carpeting. Yard debris should be easily accessible (in trash bags or boxes). Tires can also be brought, but there is a limit of five per household and they must come without rims attached.

Industrial or commercial waste, concrete, cement, rocks and hazardous materials such as paint or thinners will not be accepted at the event.

Residents are also asked not to bring any electronics or appliances such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners.

The city previously hosted Team up to Clean up in May at the fairgrounds and at the CSU-Pueblo ThunderBowl parking lot.

Chief Reporter Josue Perez can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @josuepwrites.