Medical Waste

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The Household Hazardous Waste Facility does not collect any form of medical waste. Use the following instructions for disposal of prescription drugs and medical sharps.

Prescription Drugs

Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. There are prescription drug drop-off boxes in the lobby of our Police Stations or you may use the following disposal instructions:

  1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  3. Put this mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub or resealable bag.
  4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape.
  5. Place the sealed container with the mixture and the empty drug container in the trash.

Find a location to dispose of your unused prescription medications here.

Medical Sharps

Place home generated objects such as needles, syringes, and other sharp medical objects into a medical sharps container purchased from a health care provider or pharmacy. You may also utilize other suitable containers made out of heavy plastic, such as  a plastic laundry detergent container, or a metal can with lid. Make sure containers are:

  • Puncture-proof with a tight fitting lid
  • Taped closed with duct tape and labeled "Not Recyclable" and “Sharps” on the container
  •  ¾ full or less
  • NOT made of glass

The clearly labeled sharps container can then be placed into your trash container.

 **NEW** Gilbert now offers Arizona's first sharps/syringe disposal kiosk in the Gilbert Police Department Lobby at 75 E Civic Center Drive. The kiosk is part of "Operation Safe Needles" and joins more than 100 prescription and over-the counter disposal locations at police departments around Arizona. This disposal kiosk is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week inside the Gilbert Police Department Lobby.