Disposing of Unused or Expired Medications

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Dispose Responsibly

Image of RX letter with pillsDid you know? Treatment plants are not designed to remove medications from wastewater. When chemicals are disposed of in sinks and toilets they can reach the environment unintentionally.

Help support the health of our waterways, environment, and community by properly disposing of outdated or unused prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Here's how.

Drop boxes can be found at the following authorized locations:

  • Robinson's Pharmacy
    359 Main Street, Placerville
    (530) 622-3186
    Hours of acceptance: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday Closed
  • Kaiser Folsom Pharmacy
    2155 Iron Point Road, Folsom
    (916) 817-5444
    Hours of acceptance:  Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Closed

If you are unable to take your unused medications to an authorized location listed above we recommend the following disposing  methods:

  • Keep medications in the original bottle marking out all identifying personal information.
  • Crush or dissolve sold medications in water.
  • Mix dissolved, crushed or liquid medications with kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds, or another substance that makes it unsuitable for human or animal consumption.
  • Seal the bottle.
  • Place the bottle in a, preferably concealed, non-recyclable container, or label "do not recycle".
  • Then place the container in your trash right before your garbage pick up or take to a landfill.

Taking these steps will help ensure the health of our waterways, environment, and our community.

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