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Dispose of Unused or Expired Medications Properly

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following way to keep unused or expired medications out of our rivers and lakes:

  • Take the medication out of its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.
  • Put it in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
  • Place in your household garbage.
  • Remove the label and/or scratch off all personal information on the label when disposing of a prescription vial.

CCWA’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

You can also bring them to our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day held every April. Look for more information on this in your March bill insert and on this website.

Pharmacy Take-Back Program 

Some pharmacies offer “take-back” programs to dispose of unused or expired medicines. Check with your local pharmacy to see if they have a program like this.