Medical Disposal Event
Prescription medication can be dropped off at the Township Police Department anytime. All medication must be in a sealed container in a ziplock bag. No needles or over the counter medications. The Township also offers an annual drop-off event for expired or unused over the counter and prescription pharmaceutical products. The date of the event fluctuates each year but is generally in April around Earth Day. Check the website and newsletter for the exact date each year.
Managing Unused and Expired Medications
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) refer in general, to any product used by individuals for personal health or cosmetic reasons. PPCPs include a wide variety of chemical substances, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary drugs, cosmetics, and vitamins. Individuals add PPCPs to the environment through the disposal of unwanted medications by flushing unused and/or expired medicine down the toilet. These pharmaceutical byproducts are found, at some level, in any waterbody that is influenced by raw or treated sewage.
Risk to humans and other organisms
The risks posed to aquatic organisms and to humans are unknown. This is largely due to low concentrations levels of PPCPs found in the environment. There are no known health effects from the low-levels found in drinking water.
Residential Drug Disposal
Residents are encouraged to follow the disposal instructions included with the medication or on its label and to take advantage of pharmaceutical take-back programs.
If discarding unwanted medications at home, following these simple steps will ensure environmentally responsible and safe disposal. To protect yourself and others, always keep prescription drugs in their original container and scratch off or black out personal information to make it unreadable.
To prepare pharmaceuticals for proper disposal, please follow the directions below:
Used and discarded needles should be placed in a specified sharps container which are available at most pharmacies or any puncture proof container, such as an empty detergent bottle or coffee can . Container should be clearly visible and marked MEDICAL SHARPS. Do not put container in trash or recycle bin.
Please contact the Bloomfield Township Engineering and Environmental Services Departmentif you have questions about the material presented here. For more information on how you can properly dispose of unwanted medications and/or sharps, please visit the following websites:
For potential alternate resources for the disposal of these and many other items check out the 2008 ARC Resource Recovery Guide.
Updated: January 2014