Medicine and Prescription Drugs

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Hazardous Waste

FREE Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Event March 16, 2024

Saturday, March 16, 2024

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Get Reminder

Unused, unwanted, or expired medications (including narcotics) should NEVER go in any collection container, or down the toilet. Drop off any controlled substances with an authorized drug collector.

PILL BOTTLES:

EMPTY pill bottles that are #5 plastic may be placed in the recycling cart. However, they may not get recycled due to their small size. It is recommended to remove the labels with any resident information. 

Other options:

Mail in program: Matthew 25: Ministries

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Don’t Flush Down the Toilet

Drugs dissolve when they are flushed down the toilet and can contaminate drinking water sources.

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Always Scratch Out Personal Information

To protect your identity and privacy, scratch out any identifying information before disposing of empty or filled containers. Any empty bottles can be thrown in the trash.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Give to a DEA-Authorized Collector

Some pharmacies and law enforcement offices are registered with the DEA as authorized drug collectors. You can drop-off unused or unwanted drugs at these locations. Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.

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Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program

Select Walgreens locations now have kiosks for safe medication disposal. Find a kiosk here.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Each April and October the DEA hosts a nationwide drug take back day. Find a drop off location and the date of the next take back day.

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Pill Bottle Donation

Donate empty plastic pill bottles to Matthew 25: Ministries for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling.

Ways to Reuse

Repurpose Empty Pill Bottles

Put empty pill bottles to good use by repurposing them as travel containers and organizers for items such as cotton swabs, bobby pins, spare buttons, mini sewing kits, jewelry, coins, earbuds, and other knickknacks and supplies.

Did You Know?

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - English Video

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - Spanish Video