Medical supplies and pharmaceuticals pose a potential risk to both the environment and the public. Services are available to assist in disposing of these unwanted materials.
Sharps may include:
- Glass tubes and slides
- IV tubing with needles attached
- Scalpel blades
These items cannot go in the garbage, as they pose a safety risk to workers, and need to be taken to an appropriate collection site.
Do not put medication down the drain or flush it down the toilet. Medication does not belong in sewage treatment plants or our streams and rivers.
Prescription Drug Drop Box at the Griffith Dr. Building
The Beaverton Police Department has placed a drop box for unused and expired medications in the lobby of the Griffith Dr. Building (4755 SW Griffith Dr.
) near Police Records. It is available to community members Monday and Friday from 7 am to 5:30 pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 am to 7 pm. The drop box is not suitable for large quantities from care facilities.
Disposal at Home
- Acceptable items: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments and liquid medication in leak proof containers.
- Unacceptable items: Thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens and iodine.
- Pills and capsules: Add a small amount of water to them so they are not usable. Then disperse them throughout your garbage.
- Liquids: Add an absorbent material, such as flour or kitty litter, recap the bottle, and put it in the garbage.
Metro’s hazardous waste facility accepts unwanted medication but cannot accept controlled substances. Call Metro for more information at 503-234-3000.