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Disposal of Medications, Hypodermic Needles, and Mercury Thermometers

Medication Disposal

·  Safe Medication Return Program - MED-Project is a free statewide program available for all Washington state residents. It offers two ways to return expired or unwanted medication, by mail or drop off sites.

·  Island County Sheriff's Office provides a drop box for medication in pill form only (no liquids) 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the lobby of the Island County Annex, 1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville. Empty pills into ziplock bag before disposal. Call 360-679-7310 for information.

·  Do not place medicines in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet.

Hypodermic Needles (Sharps) Disposal

·  Place hypodermic needles and/or syringes into a manufactured "sharps" container, available at pharmacies, or a two-liter plastic soda bottle. 

·  Label bottle as "SHARPS" using 2-inch-wide tape (or larger) and a large felt-tip pen. 

·  Securely tape the lid closed when filled. 

·  Dispose of sharps container at any Island County Solid Waste Facilities, disposal fees apply. Let the attendant know you are disposing of "sharps." The attendant will direct you on where to safely dispose of them.

Mercury Thermometers Disposal

·  Accepted for free at any Island County Solid Waste facilities through our Household Hazardous Waste Program. Secure when transporting to prevent breakage.

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