Is your medicine cabinet filled with drugs or medications you no longer use? Do you have excess, inherited, or expired prescription or over-the-counter drugs? Learn how to properly dispose of pharmaceutical items.
Proper disposal of medicines prevents poisoning of children or pets and misuse of medication.
Drop-off Kiosks – What items can be disposed of?
Only medications from individuals can be accepted. Inventory from pharmacies or healthcare facilities is not accepted. Disposal bins are secured to the floor and double-locked.
At some pharmacies, customers can purchase pre-paid mailers for unwanted medicines. After purchasing the mailer, place your medications in the pre-addressed mailer and send it to an an environmental returns program that properly disposes of the medicines. Ask your local pharmacy for availability of these mailers.
Home Disposal (if drop-off or mail-back is not practical)
Follow directions on the label or ask your pharmacist.
Otherwise, empty drug containers into a sealable bag or a disposable container with a lid.
Mix the drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or cat litter.
Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers.
Place empty drug containers in the blue recycling cart
Place the sealed container with the drug mixture in the trash cart.