Pharmaceutical Disposal

Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals   

Medicine   NEVER dispose of medications in the toilet or a drain!

Best Method:

Drop-off at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility

1313 Lakeview Drive (near the power plant, off the Business Loop)

Open: 1st and 3rd Saturdays (8:00am-noon), April through November

Alternate Method:

  1. Keep products in their original container. (Remove label or conceal information with a permanent marker.)
  2. To make the drug unusable, add a small amount of water to a solid drug and recap the container. For liquids, add some absorbent material such as kitty litter, sawdust or flour.
  3. Place the container in another container or a heavy bag.
  4. Place item in the trash.

Diagram of disposal steps listed above

Why is proper disposal important?

People should not dispose of medications in the toilet or a drain because many of those compounds do not completely degrade during wastewater treatment.  Many of the compounds (such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen) can be found in rivers and streams across the United States, causing behavioral and physical changes to aquatic life. Some of the more persistent compounds have been found in tap water – meaning that they have passed through wastewater treatment, degradation in rivers and streams, and drinking water treatment – eventually being consumed by people downstream.