Residential Medication Disposal


Pill FishThere is growing concern that medications flushed down the drain or thrown in the trash can accumulate in the water supply and landfills, endangering the aquatic environment and wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove all medications from wastewater.

Medication disposal methods are also seen as an important tool in preventing drug abuse as a growing number of youth and adults turn to medicine cabinets in homes as sources of prescription pills.

People need a secure location to dispose of their unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications other than storing them in their households or throwing them in the trash where they are accessible for abuse and accidental poisoning. 

Residents of Racine County now have two options available to dispose of unwanted medications.


Law Enforcement Drop Boxes/Sites

CRCHD Drop BoxesIn coordination with the Department of Justice, many local Racine County law enforcement agencies now have medication drop boxes for residents to dispose of unwanted medications. Boxes are located at:

Caledonia Police Department
6900 Nicholson Rd
Caledonia, WI 53108

City of Burlington Police Department
224 E Jefferson St
Burlington, WI 53105

City of Racine Police Department
730 Center St.
Racine, WI 53403

Mt. Pleasant Police Department
8811 Campus Drive
Mt. Pleasant, WI 53406

Racine Sheriff Patrol Station
14116 Washington Ave
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Sturtevant Police Department
2801 89th Street
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Town of Burlington Police Department
32288 Bushnell Rd
Burlington, WI 53105

Union Grove Village Hall
925 15th Avenue
Union Grove, WI 53182

Town of Waterford Police Department
415 N Milwaukee Street
Waterford, WI 53185


Pharmacy Drop Boxes

Lakeview Pharmacy
516 Monument Square
Racine, WI 53403

Walgreens Pharmacy
4810 Washington Ave
Racine, WI 53406


Please see the Department of Justice website for current list of box locations.

Disposal Requirements:

Keep all medication in the original packaging.

ALLOWED:

  • Pills/Tablets
  • Ointments & Creams
  • Patches
  • Non-aerosol Sprays
  • Vials
  • Liquid Medications

NOT ALLOWED:

  • Needles/Sharps
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Inhalers
  • Personal Care Products
  • Biohazardous Material
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Thermometers
  • Household Hazardous Waste

Drop Off Events

Wisconsin Department of Justice Events:

 The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies coordinates drug take back initiatives throughout the state of Wisconsin. DOJ intends to hold a minimum of two collections per year. For more information on the dates and locations of these events, please see the DOJ website.

 Western Racine County Clean Sweep Event:

Date: ~ April *
*Dates are dependent on grant funding
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 2200 S. Pine Street, Burlington

 Please see our Medication Collection Brochure for more information on collect events and drop boxes.

Residential Medication Collection Brochure