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Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medications & Syringes

Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medications & Syringes

Safe Disposal Locations in Boulder County

Interactive Map

Learn where you can safely dispose of unwanted medications and syringes in Boulder County using this interactive map. Click on the map image below to open the interactive map.
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Keep unused drugs from being misused and 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.

Printable Version of Safe Disposal Locations

Name of SiteAddressCityHours
Boulder Community Hospital- Foothills Hospital4747 Arapahoe AvenueBoulder24/7. Open holidays.
Beattie’s Community Pharmacy3140 Village Vista Drive, Suite 100ErieM-F, 9-6. SA, 9-noon. Closed holidays
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office5600 Flatiron ParkwayBoulderM-F, 8-5. Closed holidays.
Broomfield Police Department7 Descombes DriveBroomfieldM-F, 8-5. Closed holidays.
CU-Boulder Police Department1050 Regent DriveBoulder24/7. Open holidays.
Flatirons Family Pharmacy603 Ken Pratt BoulevardLongmontM-F, 9-7. SA, 9-1. Closed holidays.
Frederick Police Department333 Fifth StreetFrederickM-F, 8-5. Closed holidays.
Genoa Pharmacy975 North Street (Norton Building)BoulderM-F, 8:30-5, except noon- 12:30. Closed holidays.
Genoa Pharmacy1300 N. 17th AvenueGreeleyM-F, 8:30-5. Closed holidays.
Good Samaritan Hospital200 Exempla CircleLafayetteM-F, 8:30-9. SA and holidays, 9:30-6.
Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center6906 W. 10th StreetGreeley24/7. Open holidays.
Lafayette Police Department451 N. 111th StreetLafayetteM-F, 8-5. Closed holidays.
Longmont Department of Public Safety225 Kimbark StreetLongmontM-SU, 6am-9pm. Open holidays.
Louisville Police Department992 W. Via Appia WayLouisvilleM-F, 8-5. Closed holidays.
Nederland Police Department20 Lakeview DriveNederlandM-F, 8-5. Closed holidays.
Walgreens1041 Main StreetLongmontCall 303-772-1111 for pharmacy hours.

Other Disposal Options

Home Disposal of Medications

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.
  • Exception: Because trans-dermal patches are dangerous to touch, fold them in half and flush them immediately to remove the danger from the home.

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.
  • The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) is currently accepting sharps from Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and Town of Erie residents free of charge during normal hours of operation
  • 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.

Report Syringe Litter

If you see syringe litter in a public place you can report it to the local jurisdiction. See the table below for contact information.

CommunityContact Information or Website Where You Can Report Syringe Litter
City of BoulderInquire Boulder
City of Boulder, Open Space and Mountain ParksReport a Concern
BroomfieldContact Form
Erie303-926-2870 or Service Request
JamestownTown of Jamestown
LafayetteRequest Tracker
Louisville303-335-4735
LongmontService Request or Public Safety Report Online
Lyons303-823-6622 or Citizens Request Tracker
Nederland303-258-3167 or Report an Issue
Superior303-499-3675 or Superior Click and Fix

Syringe Access

The Works Program provides free and anonymous syringe access program for people who inject drugs to prevent the spread of HIV and other bloodborne diseases.

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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