Recycling & Waste

EpiPens

Definition

Do not throw EpiPens in the trash.

Do not flush EpiPens down the toilet or drain.

Disposal

Used/Empty EpiPens

Bring used/empty EpiPens to the household hazardous waste collection sites for free where they are accepted as needles.

  • Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website for more details regarding needle/syringe disposal.

Unused/Expired EpiPens

Bring unused/expired EpiPens to the medicine collections sites for free. This is because they still contain medication.

Most HealthPartners pharmacies have a medicine collection program. Details posted at HealthPartners. These locations don't accept controlled substances, like Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet and others. Check the DEA list to see if a medicine is a controlled substance.

The following 24-hour Walgreens location also accepts unwanted medicine (including controlled substances):

  • 1075 Hwy 96 E, White Bear Lake, MN 55127 (Collection box is located inside by the pharmacy. They do not accept illegal drugs, needles, lotions or liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers or hydrogen peroxide.)

You can also contact one of the disposal companies below. Call to verify items accepted and fees.

Disposal Companies

MedPro Disposal
1548 Bond Street #106
Naperville, Illinois, 60563
Sharps Compliance, Inc.
9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 500
Houston, Texas, 77054