Have you ever wondered what to do with your leftover medications? I hate to throw out anything that might have another use or can be recycled. I’ve never wanted to throw old medicine for fear that an animal might eat it at a landfill and get sick. If I flush them, I worry about polluting our water sources. So what do you do?
There are several choices depending on the type of medication.
- Throw them out in your regular trash or flush them in your toilet.
See the FDA’s guidelines for what can be thrown away and what can be flushed.
- Dispose of them through the National Take-Back Initiative, which sponsors collection events for prescription drugs. This is usually around Earth Day.
- Donate to a charity that can repurpose the medicines. See Recycling mystery: Medication (from Earth 911)
I keep a bag in my bathroom closet, so that when I am decluttering, I can save those expired medicines to get rid of later.
For more information and to understand why this is important:
For more information on recycling other items: