Recycling Medications

You probably have a number of medications in your home, and if you do not use the whole bottle before it expires, you will be faced with the decision to either dispose of the medicine or recycle it. One common way to dispose of medications is to flush them down the toilet, but studies indicate that this has an adverse affect on the local bodies of water and ultimately the water that is consumed on a regular basis.


To recycle medication, you can donate it to a local organization that accepts unused medicines. You will need to contact the companies directly to learn more about their policies and see where you can donate the medicine. You can also donate medical equipment to some of these locations as well. In an effort to keep the environment in the best condition possible, you should always avoid flushing the remaining medicine or disposing of it without handling it the proper way.

How to Recycle and Dispose of Unused Medications

When recycling medications, you should contact a local recycling center to see if they have any advice as to how to properly dispose of the medicine. Some recycling centers may accept the medicine, but it is more common for a local medical center to take the medicine off your hands. If you cannot find a place to recycle the medications, you should dispose of them properly by sealing them in a bag or container filled with cat litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds. Once the bag or container has been tightly sealed with one of these materials, you can dispose of it in the trash. Before discarding the medications, make sure that all identifying marks have been removed from the bottles so that they do not contain your name or personal information. You can recycle the bottle at any recycling agency or in any plastic container.