Medication & Pharmaceutical Disposal

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HOW CAN I DISPOSE OF PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS AND SHARPS?

Elk Grove Village residents are able to drop-off expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals, medications and needles (sharps) for disposal in an environmentally–safe and secure manner. Materials may be brought to the Fire Administration counter in the lower level of the Elk Grove Village Municipal Complex, 901 Wellington Avenue.

Village Hall, 901 Wellington
Fire Administration Counter
Monday  - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE ACCEPTED? 

Prescription medications, over the counter medications and sharps are collected in the program. Liquid medications and pharmaceutical controlled substances are not accepted in this program.

WHAT ARE PHARMACEUTICAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES?

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies certain pharmaceuticals as controlled substances. Such drugs generally include narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, anabolic steroids, and cannabis.

HOW SHOULD THE MATERIALS BE HANDLED?

All materials dropped off must be labeled to identify contents. Do not remove labels from containers. Names and addresses can be crossed out with an indelible marker to protect privacy, but the contents must be identified. If a container is not labeled, please identify the contents on the container.

Sharps (needles/syringes) must be placed in a sealed rigid container. The Village can provide you with 1 qt. sharps containers. Residents may also use containers such as a laundry detergent bottle or coffee can with the lid taped and sealed. Additionally, any container must be placed in a zip lock bag.

WHY CAN’T I JUST FLUSH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS DOWN THE TOILET OR SINK?

Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Research has found substantial quantities of antibiotics, and steroidal hormones in the nation’s rivers, lakes and wells. These drugs can affect fish and other wildlife living in these water bodies.

Antibiotics and pharmaceuticals have also been found in public water supplies. Waste water treatment plants and water filtration plants are not able to remove these chemicals and they can wind up in public drinking water supplies.

WHY CAN’T I JUST THROW NEEDLES IN THE TRASH?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each year, 8 million people use more than 3 billion needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) for home health care. Some sharp users throw their used sharps in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Loose used sharps mixed in with other trash can injure sanitation workers during garbage pickup, or workers at sorting, recycling or landfill facilities. Sharps also get lodged in equipment requiring removal by hand increasing the risk of being stuck. Children, adults and pets are at risk from sharps that are disposed of in public or private settings.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR RESIDENT-GENERATED WASTE ONLY. MEDICATIONS OR PHARMACEUTICALS GENERATED FROM PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, OR OTHER BUSINESSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Should you have additional questions, please contact the Fire Department at (847) 357-4245.