Medication Disposal

What Should I Do With My Unused or Expired Medication(s)?

Unused and expired medications may be disposed safely at the following locations:
Greenfield Law Enforcement Center
5300 W. Layton Avenue
Lobby

This collection site is available for Greenfield residents and is open 8:00AM to 7:00PM daily.

Walgreens
4296 S 76th St., Greenfield
By the Pharmacy
This collection site is available to everyone and is open 24hrs.

Please see take back your meds Milwaukee for more locations.

Please follow the disposal directions at each drop location as they may vary depending on site.

NEVER

flush or pour unused or expired medicine down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.

BRING

prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

Liquids, creams and sprays

(less than 4 oz.) can remain in the original leak proof container AND placed into a clear plastic bag.


DO NOT BRING

 illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous material (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

Accepted Medications


Types of medicines accepted include:
  • Liquid medicine in leak-proof containers
  • Lotions & Ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Pet Medications
  • Prescriptions
  • Vitamins
These items must be left in their original containers. You may cover your name or personal information on the container if you wish.

Unaccepted Objects


The collection site will not accept:
  • Aerosols
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Infectious waste
  • Inhalers
  • Medical devices
  • Needles or Sharp objects
Non-Greenfield residents can contact their local police department for more information. Please see take back your meds Milwaukee for more locations.

Medicine Collection Days


Additionally, the Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District conducts Medicine Collection Days for all Milwaukee County residents each spring.

Flushing


Do not flush expired or unused medication down the toilet. Flushing medication down the toilet is resulting in trace levels of chemicals commonly found in prescription drugs in our water supply. These chemicals may be harmful to fish and other wild life. 

Non-Greenfield Resident

Check with your local pharmacy to see if they will take back medications. (Please see take back your meds Milwaukee for more locations.) Also check if your local community has designated drop-off sites.

If you have no other options, dispose of medication in the garbage by taking these steps:
  • Keep the medication in its original container and scratch out your name for security purposes. This includes prescription information.
  • Add a small amount of water to pills, or an absorbent material like flour to liquid medication to discourage their use.
  • Put the containers in a paper bag or disposable food container like a yogurt or margarine container to conceal them.
  • Toss in the garbage as close to your trash pick time as possible.

Donation of unused medicine 

You may donate unused or discontinued medications and supplies to a participating pharmacy or medical facility. Those items will be given to individuals with cancer or chronic disease that do not have insurance or are underinsured. Please click for a list of participating facilities.