Note: Medicine Disposal is not available at SCARCE. Please see list below for locations.
How Do I Dispose of Old or Unwanted Medicine?
Don’t Rush to Flush!
Evidence shows that flushing medicines down the toilet pollutes our waterways, including those we use for drinking water. “Don’t rush to flush!” is the new mantra.
To protect water quality and public safety, medicines should be taken for disposal at a verified collection site. Learn more about the importance of safe medicine disposal here.
What happens to the medicine?
Collected medicine is incinerated. This process destroys the active ingredients. Though not ideal for air quality, it is the best option currently available.
How to dispose of medicine
Medicine that is no longer needed can be disposed of at a number of locations in DuPage County. You may find a full list below.
Empty all the pills into a ziplock bag. Liquid medicine should stay in the original container and be enclosed in a separate ziploc bag. Empty bottles or containers can be disposed of separately (and may be recyclable). Collection sites have limited space and need to prioritize disposal of medicines – not packaging.
- Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medications
- Medicated Ointments
- Liquid Medications
- Prescription & Over-the-Counter Inhalers
- Pet medicines
- Only residentially-generated medication items
Items Not Accepted
sharps/needles, mercury thermometers, bio-hazardous materials (wound dressings), radioactive medicines, other household wastes, medical wastes from businesses
Police Stations with Collections
This list of DuPage County police stations changes frequently as the program expands. Be sure to check with your local station to find out if they have a collection.
- Burr Ridge
- Carol Stream
- Clarendon Hills
- DuPage County Sheriff
- Elk Grove Village
- Glen Ellyn
- Glendale Heights
- Hanover Park
- Naperville (M-F 7a-8p, Sat 10a-6p, except holidays)
- West Chicago
- Wood Dale
- Woodridge (M-F 8am-4:30pm)
Other Medicine Collection Sites
156 Fort Hill Dr
Weekends only. 9 AM - 2 PM (Excluding holidays)
All ten stations have 24/7 drop off containers
1221 N. Lake St
1000 Ogden Ave
324 Roosevelt Rd
7350 Barrington Rd
63 W 87th Street
200 E. Roosevelt Rd
5207 Main Street, Downers Grove
155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst
801 S. Washington St, Naperville
Medicine collection programs in DuPage County were started by SCARCE with support from the DuPage Foundation.