Medical and pharmaceutical waste from households
Using a community-based or commercial collection or disposal program are the preferred options, but these may not be available in all areas of the state.
Medication Take-Back Program: A program to take unused medications from households, including a list of drop-off locations. Doen't accept narcotics or other controlled substances, syringes or injectable medicines.
- Local sharps collection programs.
- Mail-back programs for mercury, lighting, dental, medical and electronic wastes: Includes a list of companies offering prepaid mail-back kits for small quantities of common wastes from residences and small businesses.
- Local pharmacies often stock mail-in disposal kits for sharps and/or medications
- If you've undergone treatment with radiopharmaceuticals for a disease like thyroid cancer, some wastes you generate may be contaminated with residual radiation contamination.
- Certain wastes may have to be temporarily stored prior to placing them out with your trash, typically for a week or more to allow the residual radiation to decay over time.
- You and your caregiver should closely follow the instructions provided by your doctor regarding waste disposal.