SAFE & EFFECTIVE DISPOSAL
Throwing medication away can lead to accidental ingestion by children or pets. It can also lead to improper use of medication due to theft. Flushing medication down the sink or toilet is not a safe disposal method.
Improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste may contaminate soil or seep into the groundwater and contaminate drinking water supplies. They may also run off into the nearest body of water where they can poison or kill fish and other wildlife. Traces of medications such as hormones and antibiotics have been found in the surface waters across the United States. Some pharmaceuticals are hazardous, presenting a health risk to you, your family and to the community.
The Collier County Recycling Drop-off Centers no longer accept unwanted medications or prescriptions. Those items may be taken to any of the drop-off sites shown below.
Sharps can be used to treat various medical conditions at home such as diabetes, allergies, cancer, osteoporosis, etc. Billions of needles, syringes and lancets are used each year to manage these medical conditions. The proper disposal of biomedical sharps is necessary to ensure a safe environment. People exposed to sharps face not only the risk of a painful stick, but also the risk of contracting a life-altering disease such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis. All needle-stick injuries are treated as if the needle were infected with a disease. Victims of sharps-related injuries face the cost of post-injury testing, disease prevention measures, and counseling, even if no infection or disease was spread. Some diseases can take a long time to appear on test results, leading to months of testing and apprehension.
HOW TO PREVENT NEEDLE-STICK INJURIES
Residents who self-inject can place their used sharps in either a special sharp container or in a large heavy-duty plastic detergent bottle with a sealable lid. The Biomedical Waste Sharps Program allows residents in Collier County who use syringes, lancets, and needles, for medical purpose at home to bring the sharps to a local recycling drop-off center.
*Remember, all sharps should be placed in a proper container for disposal. The county will not accept sharps in plastic or paper bags, milk containers or open top containers.