You are here: Home Medical Waste/Expired Medication/Sharps

Medical Waste/Expired Medication

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has authorized the Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program to implement a comprehensive pharmaceutical drug collection and disposal program to assist residents throughout Cook County with properly disposing of unused and unexpired prescription drugs. You may bring your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court houses, the County Building or MWRD locations. See the map below for drop-off locations.

To dispose of controlled substances, please refer to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) search utility for Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations or go to Save A Star drop-off locations or DEA Take-Back Days. Please refer to the DEA's list of regulated pharmaceutical controlled substances.

SWANCC has established a Residential Pharmaceutical/Sharps Disposal Program for member communities.

Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications:
Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility 
1150 N North Branch St, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of the month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Residential waste only (no business or commercial sector waste).
Accepts unused or expired medications (non-controlled only). No sharps or needles
This facility accepts many additional items for recycling. See site for details.

Save A Star Drug Disposal Program
See website for a list of communities with pill collection boxes (no needles) in police
department lobbies.

Some locations provide safe disposal kiosks that are available during pharmacy hours. The types of medications accepted include prescriptions, prescription and over the counter ointments and creams, liquids, lotions, pet medications, prescription patches, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins. Certain medications are not accepted at the kiosks including needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, and illicit drugs.

Medications may also be taken to Household Chemical Waste events.

Many local pharmacies have sharps disposal programs. Call your local pharmacist for

Daniels Health
Pickup contracts available.

LB Medwaste
(888) 526-3392
Pickup contracts available.

MedPro Medical Waste Disposal
(888) 641-6131
Pickup contracts and mail-back services available.

Republic Services
(855) 737- 7871
Mail-back services available.

(855) 573-9635
Pickup contracts available.

Updated 10-16-18

Join Our Informative Elists

SWANCC offers several options to be informed of upcoming collection events and information for educators, organizations and businesses.

Sign up today

Contact SWANCC

Contact SWANCC with your recycling and
waste reduction questions.

Transfer Station

3 Providence Way, DesPlaines

M-F | 6 am - 4 pm
Sat | 6 am - 12 pm

You are here: Home Medical Waste/Expired Medication/Sharps