Non-controlled medications include over-the-counter drugs as well as prescription medications that are not regulated by the Controlled Substances Act. Your pharmacist or doctor can tell you which category a medication falls into. Disposal recommendations:

Find the nearest drop-off site

Fill out the mail-in online form

 

Take unwanted medications to the transfer station during special household hazardous waste operating hours

Disposal locations (free of charge)

Call ahead before you make a trip.

Central Transfer and Recycling Center
11034 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver 360-256-8482
*Sharps* accepted: M-F 6am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
*Medications and inhalers* accepted: Fri-Sun 8am-4pm

Washougal Transfer Station
4020 S Grant St., Washougal 360-835-2500
*Sharps* accepted: M-F 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
*Medications and inhalers* accepted the first and third Sat of the month, 8am-4pm

West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 NW Old Lower River Road, Vancouver 360-737-1727
*Sharps* accepted: M-F 6am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
*Medications and inhalers* accepted: Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

You should keep the following in mind when transporting unwanted medications for disposal:

  • While it is perfectly acceptable to combine all pills into one resealable plastic bag, if you get pulled over it might be easier to explain if you keep them in the original container with the medication’s name visible.
  • Make sure the container is sealed and does not leak.
  • All patient information is removed or obscured.

Inhalers

  • Inhaler mail-back services are available, free of charge, to all residents upon request through MED-Project.
  • Inhalers can be be taken to the transfer station at the locations and times listed above. You can remove the cartridge from the case, and throw the case in the trash.