You now have a free and easy way to properly dispose of your unused and expired prescription drugs. The City has installed a prescription drug drop-box in the main lobby below the television monitor at City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE. Turning in your expired or unused prescription drugs for disposal is the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover medicines.
Once City Hall re-opens, you may drop off your medicines Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays, no questions asked. We are able to accept most prescription medications.
We Do Not Accept the Following
- Needles: Medical "sharps" must be properly disposed of. To do so, place your sharps in a hard plastic, sealed container and take them to a designated location. Approved sharps containers are available at some of the locations listed below.
- Dietary Supplements
- Over-the-Counter Medications
Sharps Accepted at the Following Locations
- Ostrom's Drug & Gifts, 425-486-77116414 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028
- Bartell Drugs, various locations, call for hours and fees
- Shoreline Transfer Station, 206-477-4466
- 2300 N 165th Street, Shoreline, WA 98133
Free to King County Residents - residential only, no commercial disposal; must be in rigid plastic container, taped to prevent leaks, marked in red "SHARPS - DO NOT RECYCLE"
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. In Washington State, 11% of teens use prescription medicines for non-medical reasons - a rate among the highest in the nation. Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, often without their knowledge.
Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our children, seniors and pets. Over half of the approximately 37,000 calls received by the Washington Poison Center each year are for young children poisoned by medicines found at home. The elderly are also at risk of accidental poisonings and human medications are the leading cause of pet poisoning. Flushing drugs sends them into our waters causing needless pollution and harming our environment and animal friends. Throwing them in the garbage makes them available for others to take improperly, as well as creating an opportunity for leakage into our environment.
Thank you for properly disposing of your unused medications.
If you have any questions, please contact the City at (425) 398-8900.