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Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals and/or Syringes

Reduce the amount of chemicals that reach our waterways by dropping your pharmaceuticals off at a designated site or by following simple steps for home disposal.

Drop Off Sites in Boulder County

  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
    5600 Flatiron Parkway
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Dropbox is located just inside entrance.
  • Lafayette Police Department
    451 North 111th St.
    Must be resident of Lafayette and check unused drugs in with the records department.
  • Longmont Walgreens
    1041 Main Street
    Available during pharmacy hours
    Dropbox is located near the pharmacy counter.

Inhalers, syringes, liquids, or chemotherapy drugs are not accepted at these locations. Drop off sites are for private individuals only, and not for business or commercial use.

Prevent Contamination

Never flush unused medication down the drain.

  • Pour liquid medications over cat litter or other absorbent material, and seal it in a plastic bag before placing it in the trash.
  • Fill pill containers with household glue, remove all personal information from the container, and place it in the trash after the glue has dried.
  • Cut trans-dermal patches into small strips, place them in a container, and add glue or mix them with coffee grounds or used cat litter.

Home Disposal of Syringes

You can also prevent contamination of our waterways by safely disposing of syringes at home, using a needle exchange program, or via a syringe disposal company.

  • Place sharps in a strong plastic bottle (e.g. bleach, liquid detergent) or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid to prevent accidental contact with the waste.
  • Secure lid with duct tape.
  • Place sealed container in your regular trash.
  • Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Sharps are NOT accepted by recycling programs. Do not put sharps in with the recycling, even if the container you use to seal them is recyclable, as this puts staff at the recycling center at risk.

Needle Exchange

The Works Program provides free and anonymous syringe exchange for injecting drug users to prevent the spread of HIV and other bloodborne diseases. 

Syringe Disposal

Boulder County Public Health does not accept used sharps from the public. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or diabetes association about where to safely dispose of sharps.

You may also use the services of a commercial mail-in syringe disposal company. They tend to charge about $25 - $100, depending on container size.

For More Information

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
Customer Technical Assistance: 303-692-3320 or 888-569-1831, Ext. 3320 (toll-free)

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