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​Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals/Medications


Please do not flush your medicines down the toilet.

Expired and unwanted pharmaceutical drugs can be dropped off at the following locations. Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are accepted. NO liquid medications*, supplements or vitamins**, or sharps are  accepted. Please see Sharps/Syringes/Needles page for more information on their disposal.​

Take pills and capsules out of original bottles before placing them in a clear resealable bag for delivery. See info on container recycling below.

​Drop-off Locations

Aurora - Walgreens 
Note:  No syringes/needles​, liquids, or inhalers.
1221 N Lake St., Aurora, IL 60123 / 630-264-6269
Hours: 7 days, 24 hours 

Batavia Police Department (City of Batavia Residents ONLY)
100 N Island, Batavia, IL 60510 / 630-454-2500
Hours: 7 days, 24 hours 

Elgin Police Department (City of Elgin Residents ONLY)
Note: Only Pills, capsules, and tablets received at this location
151 Douglas Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 / 847-289-2500
Hours: 7 days, 24 hours

Elgin - Walgreens 
Note: No syringes, liquids, or inhalers. 
1700 Larkin Ave., Elgin, IL 60123 / 847-695-1158

Hours: 7 days, 24 hours

Geneva Police Department (City of Geneva Residents ONLY)
Note: No syringes/needles
20 Police Plaza, Geneva, IL 60134 / 630-232-4736
Hours: 7 days, 24 hours

Geneva, Kane County Coroner's Office
Note: This office WILL take syringes/needles
Government Center, 719 Batavia Ave. Geneva, IL 60134 / 630-232-3535
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm 

Huntley Police Department 
Note: Only Pills, capsules, and tablets received at this location
10911 E. Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142 / 847-515-5311 
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm (excluding holidays)​

Montgomery - Walgreens 
Note: No syringes/needles, liquids, or inhalers. 
1799 Douglas Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538 / 630-896-6960
Hours: 7 days, 24 hours​​​

Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL 60540 / 630-420-6095
Hours: Sat & Sun 9-2pm (except holidays)

Naperville - Walgreens 
Note: No syringes/needles, liquids, or inhalers. 
63 W 87th St., Naperville, IL 60565 / 630-778-7645

Hours: 7 days, 24 hours​​

Oswego Fox Metro Office
682 Rt 31, Oswego, IL 60543 / 630-892-4378
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm

Pingree Grove Police Department 
Note: No syringes/needles
1 Police Plaza, Pingree Grove, IL 60140 / 847-464-4600
rs: M-F 7:30am-2:30pm

South Elgin Police Department (Village of South ​Elgin Residents ONLY)
Note: No syringes/needles​, liquids, medical marijuana or illicit drugs.
​See here​ for full list of accepted (and not accepted) items.
10 N. Water Street, South Elgin, IL 60177 / 847-741-2151

Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm

St. Charles
, Kane County Sheriff's Office

37W755 Il Route 38 # A, St. Charles, IL 60175 / 630-232-6840
Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm

St. Charles Police Department (City of St. Charles Residents ONLY)
Note: No syringes/needles, liquids, inhalers. Keep pills in bottles for this location only.
211 N Riverside Ave., St Charles, IL 60174 / 630-377-4435
Hours: M-F 8am-10pm; Sat 8am-5pm; Sun closed

Sugar Grove Police Department 
Note: No syringes/needles, liquids, inhalers.
10 S Municipal Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554 / 630-466-4526
rs: M-F 7am-4:30pm​

* You may call the locations to double check as some will take liquid medications though most do not. Liquid medications can be disposed of in the trash by leaving them in the bottle and removing all identifying information. An added measure would be to mix them with coffee grounds in a resealable container or bag before disposing in the trash.

** Supplements like vitamins are not a controlled substance and do not pose a hazard, so they can go in with your regular trash. 

Container Recycling: White plastic vitamin bottles are recyclable when emptied. Orange or brown plastic containers are not recyclable because there is not a market for that type of plastic. Do not put them into you blue bin please. You can put them in the trash or they ARE reusable! They are great for paperclips, beads, sewing needles, spices, and many other creative reuses.

Mail-in Programs through Pharmacies

Your local Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies carry envelopes in which unwanted or expired medications can be shipped for responsible disposal. They cost around $4 for an 11in x 8in prepaid postage envelope. Instructions for proper disposal are clearly written on the envelope.


Take-Back Programs

NEW: Go-to-Guide for Safe Drug Take-Back​