What is the safest way to dispose of unwanted medications?
- Take them to the transfer station during special household hazardous waste operating hours
- Ask your physician if he/she will take them back for safe disposal.
- Ask your pharmacist if they have a program for safely disposing of unwanted medications.
Walgreens Pharmacy - Fisher's Landing Store ONLY
1905 SE 164th Avenue, 360-885-2938
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Controlled and Non-Controlled Drugs Accepted
*No Liquids, Lotions, Inhalers, Sharps or Illegal Drugs please
Central Transfer and Recycling Center
11034 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver 360-256-8482
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 4pm
West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 NW Old Lower River Road, Vancouver 360-737-1727
Friday & Saturday, 8am – 4pm
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 S Grant Street, Washougal 360-835-2500
3rd Saturday of each month, 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 should 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.