Prescription Medication Disposal
||Federal regulations prohibit any household hazardous
waste collection site from accepting controlled
substances without prior approval from the Drug
Enforcement Administration. A controlled substance is a
drug, which due to its abuse potential, is regulated by
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The City of Mesa has received temporary federal
government approval to accept prescription drugs during
its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.
Option #1: Trash disposal
According to the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), most drugs can be
disposed of in your regular household trash but consumers should
take certain precautions before tossing them out. Always
remember to follow any specific disposal instructions that
accompanies your medication. Do not flush prescription or
non-prescription drugs down the toilet or pour them down the
drain unless this information specifically instructs you to do
so. Instead, follow these guidelines from the
U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Diversion Control:
- Take drug(s) out of original container.
- Mix drug(s) with an undesirable substance such as coffee
grounds or kitty litter.
- Put mixture in a nondescript container, such as an empty
can with a lid or a sealable bag. This will help insure
these drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by
children or pets.
- Place in your black trash barrel under waste so that it
is not visible.
Option #2: MedReturn boxes
now available at Mesa Police stations
The Mesa Police Department is the first law enforcement agency
in Maricopa County to offer convenient drop-off locations for
unwanted prescription drugs. The following Mesa Police stations
are equipped with MedReturn boxes in their lobbies:
- Central Station: 120 N. Robson
- Red Mountain Station:
4333 E. University
- Superstition Station: 2430 S. Ellsworth
- Fiesta Station: 1010 W. Grove
Unwanted prescription medications, vitamins, over-the-counter
medications, pet medications, etc. can be dropped off in these boxes
during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
Solid Waste Management Department
Mesa, AZ 85211
Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays & holidays
Missed barrel notification
Barrel collection schedule
Barrel or service requests
All other service requests should be directed to
Charlie the Recycling Chimp school
Email us (General Questions)