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Public Works - Refuse Division

Disposal of Needles:

Needles must be put into a sealed container, before it can be thrown into the trash. The accepted containers are the red medical or 2-liter soda containers.

If you have other questions on medical waste disposal, please contact the refuse division at 610-667-1952 for more information.

Prescription Drug Disposal:

The Office of National Drug Control recommends disposing of expired or no longer needed prescription drugs as follows.

  1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
  4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
  5. Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.

Additionally, there is a green MedReturn collection unit for unwanted prescription drugs located at the lobby of Lower Merion Police Department building: 71 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003.

MedReturn Collection Unit

 These items are accepted in the collection unit: These items are NOT accepted:  
  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Medications for pets
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Thermometers
  • Needles (sharps)
  • Medication from businesses or clinic
  • Ointments, lotions or liquids

 

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