Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can pollute our waters and be harmful to humans, fish, and other wildlife when disposed of improperly – please do not flush medications down the toilet or place in the trash. Unused, unwanted and expired medicines of all kinds, including controlled substances (pain killers) must be properly disposed of in an environmentally safe manner which will not allow leaching of meds into the groundwater.
Keep Northrn Illinois Beautiful conducts an area-wide Medication Collection on the second Saturday of June each year at Machesney Park Mall. This is conducted with the support of the three Rockford are hospitals, the Illinois EPA. the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.
This is the ONLY sanctioned collection of controlled substances (not illegal drugs) in Northern Illinois.
Some medications may be accepted by the South Beloit Police Department for those residents.
Medications are no longer accepted by the Household Hazardous Waste Site.