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Medical Waste/Expired Medication

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has authorized the Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program to implement a comprehensive pharmaceutical drug collection and disposal program to assist residents throughout Cook County with properly disposing of unused and unexpired prescription drugs. You may bring your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court houses, the County Building or MWRD locations. See the map below for drop-off locations.



SWANCC has established a Residential Pharmaceutical/Sharps Disposal Program for member communities.

Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications:
Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
1150 N North Branch St, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
cityofchicago.org
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Residential waste only (no business or commercial sector waste).
Accepts unused or expired medications (non-controlled only). No sharps or needles
accepted.
This facility accepts many additional items for recycling. See site for details.

Save A Star Drug Disposal Program
saveastar.org
See website for a list of communities with pill collection boxes (no needles) in police
department lobbies.

Medications may also be taken to Household Chemical Waste events.

Sharps:
Many local pharmacies have sharps disposal programs. Call your local pharmacist for
details.

Daniels
(888)952-5580
danielsinternational.com
Pickup contracts available.

LB Medwaste
(888) 526-3392
lbmedwaste.com
Pickup contracts available.

MedPro Medical Waste Disposal
(888)641-6131
medprodisposal.com
Pickup contracts and mail-back services available.

Stericycle
(855) 573-9635
stericycle.com
Pickup contracts available.

Updated 10-6-17

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