Medications and Medical Waste
Recycling and disposal in Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties
Medications and medical waste need to be disposed of properly. If not, they can injure waste handlers or increase the chance that others may accidently take or intentionally misuse the medicine. Improper disposal can also increase the spread and risk of infection and pollute the environment.
Medications: The District currently has several dropboxes for medications at local police stations throughout the three counties.
Medical Waste: To help prevent injury, illness and pollution, follow these simple steps when disposing of sharp objects and contaminated materials that are used to administer health care in your home:
- Place all needles, syringes and other sharp objects in Sharps containers or a hard plastic or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid. A few examples include plastic detergent bottles, shampoo bottles or plastic bleach jugs (do not use clear plastic bottles). Make sure to label “household syringes” before discarding.
- Do not put sharp objects in any other container that you plan to recycle or return to the store and do not use glass or clear plastic containers.
- It is also recommended that soiled bandages, disposable sheets and medical gloves be placed in securely fastened plastic bags before they are placed in a garbage can with other trash.
Where to Dispose of Medications and Medical Waste
Types of Medications and Medical Waste
This list is not comprehensive. You may call the District to confirm whether or not they accept the items for disposal.
- Unused/Expired Medications
- Mood Altering Drugs
- Pain Relievers
- Cold and Flu Medications
- Pet Medications
- Over the Counter Medications