Unused Medications

Proper Disposal of Medications


Washington County residents may dispose of their unused and/or expired medications year-round at collection boxes in:
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  • Cottage Grove
  • Forest Lake
  • Stillwater
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.

For more information on what’s accepted, what’s not, and procedures for drop off, please see these instructions.

Needles, syringes, lancets, and thermometers are not accepted at the Unused Medication drop boxes. Bring these items to the Washington County Environmental Center

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, which is placed on garbage collection services in the county.