A-Z Recycling Guide -- Prescription Medications
Check with your local hospitals and pharmacies to see if they have take-back programs. Find out what medications they are able to take. If you aren't able to find a take-back program:
- Take unused, unneeded, or expired medications out of their original containers
- Mix the medications with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, further ensuring that the drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by children or pets
See the City of Longmont's SMARxT Pharmaceutical Disposal website for more information on water quality issues caused by improper disposal of medications.
Medical wastes and medicines sharps require special handling and disposal. Do not recycle them or their containers. Call Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Solid Waste Section, 303-692-3437 or 303-692-3320, or refer to their website at www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/colorado-medication-take-back-program for more information. You may also contact Boulder County Public Health at (303) 441-1100.
For how to properly dispose of needles and syringes, please visit our "Sharps" page.
Prescription bottles with caps attached can be recyled with single-stream recycling.
Beattie's Community Pharmacy
3140 Village Vista Drive Suite 100
Erie, CO 80516
Phone: (720)890-5095 Fax: (720)890-4343
Hours: Mon.- Fri., 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
5600 Flatiron Pkwy
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 441-3600
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Accepted materials: Prescription and over-the-counter pills only. NO liquids, sharps/syringes/needles, inhalers, or chemotherapy drugs. Dropbox is located just inside entrance.
Broomfield Police Department
7 Descombes Drive
Broomfield, CO 80020
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (a desk office will be present to help)
CU Boulder PD
1050 Regent Drive - 502 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Hours: Lobby drop-off open 24/7
Good Day Pharmacy (Loveland)
2033 Boise Avenue
Loveland, CO 80638
Phone: (970)669-7500 Fax: (970)667-1095
Hours: Mon. - Fri.,: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12p.m.