Disposing of Unused or Expired Medications

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

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Help support the health of our waterways, environment, and community by properly disposing of outdated or unused prescription or over-the-counter medications.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

There are two locations in EID's service area authorized to take non-controlled substances.

  • El Dorado Hills Fire Station
    3670 Bass Lake Road, El Dorado Hills
    (530) 677-7661 or (916) 933-6692
    Hours of acceptance: 1st and 3rd Saturday 9:00 a.m. to Noon (weather permitting)

Or, utilize a local "Take-Back Medication" day, visit the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department website or call them at (530) 621-5655 to find out where and when they are holding an event.

If a "Take-Back" event is not available then we recommend disposing in the following way:

  • 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.

 Useful links: