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Pharmaceutical/Sharps Disposal

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 You may bring your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court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.


SWANCC sponsors a collection/disposal program for expired or unused non regulated or over-the-counter medications and sharps (needles). Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that there are a substantial amount of antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes and wells caused by people flushing their medications down the toilet or putting them down the sink. Additionally, sharps can cause needle-sticks and health issues if thrown away in the garbage or put in the water system.

Residents are asked to leave their medications in the original containers and to mark out their personal information. No over-the-counter liquid medications will be accepted. No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted.  Please note that SWANCC residents are able to participate in any drop-off location. For additional information regarding the dangers of medicine in the water system or in the trash, go to

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.

Download the  pdf Pharmaceutical Drugs and Sharps Disposal brochure .

SWANCC's Green Pages: Reuse and Recycling Directory provides additional options for sharps disposal or medications may be taken to Household Chemical Waste collection sites.

Arlington Heights Senior Center- sharps only
1801 W Central Rd
(847) 253-5532
Sharps are accepted during regular business hours year-round.

Barrington Public Safety Building - Village of Barrington Residents Only
400 N Northwest Hwy
(847) 304-3300
Daily - M-Sun: 7 am to 11 pm

Buffalo Grove Village Hall
Health Department
50 Raupp Blvd
(847) 459-2530
M: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
T-F: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Elk Grove Village Hall
Fire Administration on lower level
901 Wellington
(847) 357-4240
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Evanston Fire Department - sharps only
909 Lake Street
(847) 448-8191
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Evanston medications will be collected at the City’s Police Department through the Save a Star program.

Glencoe Village Hall
Residents Service Counter (sharps only)
Public Safety Department (medications only)
675 Village Ct
(847) 835-4111
W: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Glenview Village Hall
2500 E Lake Avenue
(847) 904-4340
First Friday of each month: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
If the first Friday falls on a holiday, the collection will be moved to the following Friday.

Hoffman Estates Village Hall
Department of Health and Human Services
1900 Hassell Rd
(SE entrance of Village Hall)
(847) 781-2631
First Wednesday of each month: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Inverness - Palatine Rural Fire Station #36
35 N Ela Rd
(847) 991-8700
M - F: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kenilworth Police Department
419 Richmond Rd
(847) 251-2141
M - F: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Lincolnwood Police Department - medications only
6900 N. Lincoln Ave
(847) 673-2167
M-F: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lincolnwood Fire Department - sharps only
6900 N. Lincoln Ave
M-F: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Morton Grove Civic Center
6140 Dempster St
(847) 470-5223
M - F: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mount Prospect Public Works
1700 W Central Rd
(847) 870-5640
M-F: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Niles Senior Center
999 Civic Center Drive
(847) 588-8431
Wednesday - January 8, April 8, July 8, and October 14– 10:00 am -12: 00 pm

Palatine Village Hall
Environmental Health Division (First Floor)
Village Services Counter -First Floor
200 E Wood Street
(847) 359-9042
M-F: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Park Ridge City Hall - sharps only
Health Department
505 Butler Pl
(847) 318-5291
First Thursday of every month: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Park Ridge Police Department - medications only
200 Vine Ave
(847) 318-5252
Daily - Mon-Sun: 24 hours

Prospect Heights City Hall
8 N Elmhurst Rd
(847) 398-6070, x206
M-Th: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Rolling Meadows Public Works
3900 Berdnick St
(847) 963-0500
M-F: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Skokie Village Hall
Health Department
5127 Oakton St
(847) 933-8252
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wheeling Village Hall
Police Department
1 Community Blvd
(847) 499-9045
Third Saturday of each month: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wilmette Police Station - medications only
710 Ridge Rd
(847) 853-7545
Daily - M-Sun: 24 hours

Wilmette Fire Station - sharps only
1304 Lake Ave
(847) 853-7691
Daily - M-Sun: 24 hours

Winnetka Fire Department
428 Green Bay Rd
(847) 501-6029
M-F: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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