Unused medicine isn’t safe to throw - or flush - away.
It might seem harmless to toss expired pills in the trash or flush them down the toilet, but it’s not. Medications can get into ground water, water bodies, and drinking water sources and hang around in the environment for a long time. Water treatment plants cannot filter out all medications. All medical waste should be treated as potentially toxic and disposed of responsibly.
See our unused medication drop box list below or visit Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County for additional information. Unused medications are not accepted at our household hazardous waste collection events.
Please note that empty medication and vitamin bottles are not accepted with your household recycling due to their small size and should be disposed of in the trash.