Launched by the DuPage County Health Department in 2009, the RxBOX program offers residents a safe, easy way to drop off unwanted medications that might otherwise have been misused or gone to waterways and land-fills. Unwanted medicine can be dropped off at any DuPage County RxBOX location.
Proper disposal of unused medications protects the environment and saves lives. Bring your expired and unused medications to an RxBOX location that is convenient for you. The medications will then be incinerated in collabo-ration with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency using state-of-the-art technology.
Meds Disposing Instructions
- Bring household medication including over-the-counter, prescription medications, ointments and liquid medications that are expired or no longer wanted. Also drop off asthma inhalers.
- You can bring medications as they are in their original containers or, for spill-free disposal, place the pills or liquid medication bottles in a zipper top plastic bag.
- Cross off any personal information on the label or remove them to reduce concerns about personal identification information.
- As an alternative, you may empty pills directly into a zipper top plastic bag to further protect your personal information and dispose or recycle the empty pill bottle at home.
- Then, deposit your medications in the collection container marked “RxBOX” in a participating law enforcement facility.
The following items are not accepted in the drop-box
- Medical waste
- Radioactive medicines
- Household chemical waste
- Sharps, needles, or syringe
For more information and RxBox Location: https://www.hopedupage.org/DocumentCenter/View/202/RxBox-Locations-and-Details—English-PDF
Sharps” is a generic term used for any medical item that is sharp and can puncture skin, such as:
- Hypodermic needles
- Lancets and other items used for home glucose monitoring
- In addition, anyone who treats or monitors conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or cancer at home may use sharps to do so.
For more information and recycle location on sharp, needles, or syringes: https://epa.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/medication-disposal/documents/sharps-fact-sheet.pdf