Recycling & Waste

Medicine

Definition

Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain.

Disposal

Bring medicine to the medicine collection sites for free.

Most HealthPartners pharmacies have a medicine collection program. For more information, visit 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 the disposal company below. Call to verify items accepted and fees.

Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website for more information regarding medicine disposal.

Disposal Companies

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