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Got Drugs? Disposing of Unused or Expired Medication

Post Date:07/20/2017 3:00 PM

Got-Drugs-Banner-web Image to Urge People to Properly Dispose of Medications 

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Help support the health of our waterways, environment, and community by properly disposing of outdated or unused prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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

El Dorado Disposal Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
4100 Throwita Way, Diamond Springs  
(530) 626-4141
Hours of acceptance: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Commercial customers need to call to set up an account prior to dropping off.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept. Lobby
300 Fair Lane, Placerville
(530) 621-5655
Hours of acceptance: Normal business hours

If you are not able to take unused prescriptions to one of these locations, 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.

This article was featured in the July / August 2017 Waterfront.

To read archived issues visit our Waterfront Newsletter Document Library.