Frequent Questions

How should I dispose of unused prescription medication and other medical waste?

EPA encourages the public to take advantage of pharmaceutical take-back programs or household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs that accept pharmaceuticals.

See EPA’s Web page for on Collecting and Disposing of Unwanted Medicines.

Disposal of medical sharps/needles requires special care.

Medical Waste gives a general definition and examples of types of medical waste.

To locate a local hazardous household waste (HHW) or drug take-back facility:

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