Old and unused medicines in your home can pose a risk for accidental poisoning, theft, and drug abuse. Medications disposed of in a sink, toilet, or landfill can eventually pollute surface and groundwater and harm fish and wildlife. Instead of flushing or throwing them in the trash, drop the medication off for safe and free disposal.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will secure the medications and take them to a waste-to-energy facility that is licensed to burn this type of waste. The service is paid for through the use of the County Environmental Charge.
Residents have options for other locations for drug disposal listed on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website, which is searchable by location, and lists all drug drops that are public and private in the state.