Home medical waste

Do not flush or put prescription medicine down the drain. 


Antibiotics kill beneficial microbes in septic and wastewater treatment systems. Other medications, even at very low concentrations, may have serious detrimental effects on fish, other aquatic life, and drinking water.

The Police Departments in our Member Towns have kiosks for unwanted medications at their main stations, open 24/7, no question asked.   Find locations here.

Walgreen's 24 hour pharmacies in Quincy, Randolph and Stoughton host Safe Medication Disposal kiosks.


Alternatively, and for non prescription medications:

For pills: crush and pour powder into secure container and put in trash.  

For liquids: pour into a rigid container with inedible material like cat litter, coffee grounds or dirt and seal.

Empty prescription pill containers are too small to be sorted properly in single stream recycing (less than 3 oz). Bring to a "Gimme 5" container at Whole Foods or dispose with trash.