Medication Disposal Collection


Next Collection

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9 a.m. – Noon:  

  • South Beloit

Fire Station, 429 Gardner Street

  • Winnebago

Mercyhealth Winnebago Clinic, 102 Landmark Drive

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Machesney Park

Practice Velocity, 8777 Velocity Drive (rear/West side of Mall)

Accepting Prescription, Over-the-Counter, Pet Medication, Inhalers and Mercury Thermometers

Please keep medication in original packaging.

If RX, remove/cross out patient information but leave name/dose of medicine.

Help stop accidental poisonings, addiction and water pollution.

No shaNo Sharpsrps/needles or illegal drugs accepted.

Suggestions for Sharps/Needle disposal

Never flush medications.

Proper Disposal Is Important Because…

  • Prescription medicine is the number one source of drugs improperly/illegally used by teenagers and older adults
  • 78,000 children per year under age five are treated for accidental medication poisoning in the U.S.
  • 80% of water samples contained residues of prescription and non-prescription drugs, according to a U.S. Geological Survey test of 139 streams across 30 states.
  • 90% of consumers improperly dispose of unused medicine down the toilet or in the trash

Thanks to our Major Sponsorrrwrd_logo

and these additional partners, who help to make this community service possible

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
City of South Beloit
Village of Winnebago
Practice Velocity
SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health
23 WIFR Gray Television
100FM Rockford’s Greatest Hits
UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford
RK Dixon
Greenlee, A Textron Company
The Rock River Times
Winnebago County Health Department
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department

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The Household Hazardous Waste site at 3333 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford will accept Insulin for disposal (but no needles, sharps or other medication).

The following items are NOT accepted at any of the following sites:

Rockton Police Department
Between double doors of Rockton Village Hall

110 E. Main Street., Rockton IL 61072
24-hour secured drop box.

South Beloit Police Department
519 Blackhawk Blvd (IL 2)
South Beloit IL 61080
Business Hours Only

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department:
Winnebago County Justice Center Lobby
650 West State St., Rockford IL 61102

Belvidere-Boone County Public Safety Building Lobby

615 North Main St., Belvidere IL 61008

24-hour secured drop box.

Certain Walgreens Pharmacies:

Rockford – 2323 Charles St.

Roscoe – 5065 Hononegah Road

Further Education on Medication Disposal

Medication Disposal How-Tos

  1. Take your unused/unwanted/expired medications to a Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Medication Collection location.
  2. Use a permanent marker to black out your name and personal information on a prescription label, leaving medication information legible.
  3. Please follow directions at the drop-off site. Only give medications to authorized personnel.
  4. Leave all medications in original packaging.
  5. If you must dispose of medications other times of year, please use proper mail-back containers available at pharmacies or take to other local drop-points listed below.

Medication Disposal “Don’ts”

  1. Flush down the sink drain or toilet.
  2. Place in the trash.
  3. Give or sell to others.
  4. Bury in the ground.

Why Is Medicine Disposal A Concern?

The three main hazards are:

  1. Possible poisoning from accidental ingestion, particularly among young children and pets, if medicines are thrown in the trash.
  2. Illegal use or theft, including identity theft, from discarded containers providing personal patient information.
  3. Contamination of water resources, which can result in reproductive and developmental problems in fish and other aquatic wildlife if medicines are flushed or placed in the trash.

How Do Pharmaceuticals Enter The Environment?

Pharmaceuticals have been found primarily in discharge from wastewater treatment plants and surface waters. Pharmaceuticals are also released into waterways via runoff from commercial animal feeding operations and aquaculture, and from fields where manure and biosolids have been applied.

How Can Medications Impact The Environment?

Expired or unwanted medicines, if flushed down the toilet or drain, are a source of pollution in wastewater. Because sewage treatment plants are not designed to deal with drugs, these chemicals can be released into streams, lakes, and groundwater and affect fish and other aquatic wildlife.

You might imagine that any substance safe enough for humans and pets to ingest as medication can’t cause environmental harm. But that may not be the case. If our medicines are reaching streams, rivers, and lakes, organisms living in these habitats may be continuously exposed to these drugs. Some aquatic organisms living in waters downstream from wastewater treatment plants are showing signs of developmental and reproductive problems. Researchers are working to determine whether pharmaceuticals are causing these effects.

How Can I Reduce The Quantity Of Unwanted Medications In My Home?

  1. Purchase only as much as you need and take the medication as prescribed by your physician.
  2. Centralize all medications in one location secured from children and pets. This may help to limit inadvertent over-purchasing of products you already have.
  3. In order to preserve the quality of your medicines, store medications at proper temperature and humidity as recommended on the label. This is sometimes NOT in the bathroom medicine cabinet.
  4. Say “no” to physician samples if you are not going to use them.

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