Waste Recycling - Medicine Disposal
What do I do with unused and expired medicines?
Safe methods of disposal are needed for expired or unwanted medicines. Products of concern include prescription and over-the-counter medications. Improper disposal of medicines presents both a public safety and environmental hazard and wastes millions of health care dollars annually.
The three main hazards are:
- Possible poisoning from accidental ingestion if medicines are thrown in the trash
- Illegal use or theft, including identity theft, from discarded containers providing personal patient information.
- Contamination of water resources, which can result in reproductive and developmental problems in fish and other aquatic wildlife if medicines are flushed or placed in the trash
Medicine Disposal in Kendall County
Fox Metro Water Reclimation District
- Acceptable Items
- Non-Controlled DEA Drugs
- Medication Samples
- Prescription Medications
- Over-the-counter Medications
- Medicated Ointments/Lotions
- Medications for Pets
- Unacceptable Items
- Narcotics/DEA Controlled
- IV Bags
- Bloody or Infectious Waste
- Empty Containers
Medication Collection Instructions:
- Gather your unwanted medications. Please see the list above to find out which items can or cannot be returned.
- Leave items in their original containers. Pill bottles, blister packs, ointment tubes, and leak-proof liquid containers are all acceptable.
- Remove or black out any personal information on the label to protect your privacy.
- Take medications to the Fox Metro W.R.D. and drop the medications into the collection container in the entrance of the Administration/Lab building.
Fox Metro accepts medication:
Monday thru Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Sharps, needles, IV bags, or thermometers. Also not accepted: medications brought from Community Health homes, clinics, doctors offices or other business that distribute medications.
- Flush medications down the sink or toilet
- Place in the trash
- Give or sell to others