Medical and pharmaceutical waste from households

Community resources
Safely manage infectious waste and medicines in the home
How to safely dispose of medical waste if a community-based or commercial collection program is not available
  • If you've undergone treatment with radiopharmaceuticals for a disease like thyroid cancer, some wastes you generate may be contaminated with residual radiation.
  • Certain wastes may have to be temporarily stored, typically for a week or more, before placing them out with your trash.
  • You and your caregiver should closely follow the instructions provided by your doctor about waste disposal.
Guidance for managing solid waste
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Network of drop off locations for unwanted medications
Reduce misuse of prescription drugs