The City of Chicago has partnered with the Chicago Police Department to provide you with a place for the safe and proper disposal of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.
You may take your pharmaceuticals to one of the five designated drop off locations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Look for the blue box in the lobby.
Pharmaceuticals that are thrown out in the garbage or flushed down the toilet end up in our water ways and water supply, posing a risk to both human and ecological health. We encourage residents to visit a drop off location and keep pharmaceuticals in responsible hands and out of our water supply.
Find a Location to Dispose of Pharmaceuticals
Where to drop off medications:
- Area 1: 5101 S. Wentworth Ave.
- Area 2: 727 E. 111th St.
- Area 3: 2452 W. Belmont Ave.
- Area 4: 3151 W. Harrison St.
- Area 5: 5555 W. Grand Ave.
These locations are not able to accept the following:
- Medical waste
- Medical equipment
Pharmaceuticals (non-controlled substances) can also be brought to the city’s Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility at 1150 N. North Branch St.
The program is funded in part by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, call the Department of Environment at 312.744.7672.
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