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Residential Medical Waste Disposal

How to dispose of Medical Waste coming from your home.

How to dispose of Medical Waste coming from your home.

Never dispose of medication by pouring down the drain or by flushing it. Medication should not be allowed to get in the water system. 

Disposal Options:

Pills, Liquids and Patches:  dissolve in water, then mix into kitty litter. Mix in a disposable container (like a dairy topping container) cover with lid and place into regular trash.

Sharps: (needles and knives) place in rigid plastic container (like a liquid detergent bottle or bio-medical container), tape the lid closed, and place into regular trash (Do not recycle the container).

Donate Medications:

Only medical facilities are allowed to donate unused medications.  If you are a medical facility, go to

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