Collections For Prescription Medicines and
Over-The-Counter (OTC) Products
- Locate a Police Station with a Drug Drop Off Box
- Find a Household Drugs Take-Back Collection
Permit Information and Guidelines For Sponsoring A Collection
More information on safe medicine disposal.
Unwanted medication should not be flushed down the toilet or sink! In CT, there are several ways that consumers can safely dispose of unwanted medications:
These collections accept expired or unwanted prescription drugs, OTC products (like aspirin or cough medicine), vitamins, veterinary medicines and even medicines with unreadable labels or unknown content. They usually do not accept thermometers, syringes or other any other type of medical equipment or waste.
Find a Household Drugs Take-Back Collection
Some collections are open to all residents in CT; others are restricted based on the sponsor's requirements. Check before you go.
List of Drug Take-Back Collections listed with the CT Department of Consumer Protection
Guidelines For Sponsoring A Collection
CT DEEP has a table top display on Disposal of Prescription Medicines. This display describes the proper way to dispose of consumer medications. Also available in Spanish. Displays can be loaned out for up to 1 week, free of charge. To reserve, please contact us well in advance of your event. Displays must be picked up and returned to DEEP offices at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT. You are responsible for loss or any damage to the display. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tatiana.email@example.com to reserve a display and you will be given an agreement form to fill out.
A General Permit for One Day Collection of Certain Wastes and Household Hazardous Waste from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is needed to hold an event. The sponsor of the event should make sure that the vendor chosen to collect and dispose of the medications holds this permit.
If you have additional questions, contact Frank Gagliardo, Supervising Environmental Analyst, DEEP Bureau of Materials Management & compliance Assurance, Waste Engineering & Enforcement Division, 860-424-3130.
The local police or CT Department of Consumer Protection drug control agent must oversee the collection and disposal of medications that are controlled substances. See their guidelines and other helpful documents before holding a collection.
Note: Schools that want to dispose of controlled substances should call the Drug Control Division of the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection for assistance at 860-713-6065.
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has put together documents on operating a medical waste collection and best management practices .
Content last updated February 6, 2020