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Improper disposal of medication is a potential risk for children and the environment. Throwing pills in the trash has the risk to children and pets of finding and ingesting potentially dangerous substances. Medication flushed down the toilet may not be completely removed by the sewage treatment process and end up in ground or surface waters.

Medications are accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

The Shelby Township Police Department has a drug disposal drop box in the main lobby of the Police Station, 52530 Van Dyke Ave. (south of 24 Mile Road). It is available 24 hours a day. For more information, call the Police Department at 586-731-2121.

Accepted: prescriptions Medications, Prescription Patches, Prescription Ointments, Over-the-counter medications, Vitamins, Samples, Medications for pets.

Not Accepted: Hydrogen Peroxide, Inhalers, Aerosol Cans, Ointments, Lotions or Liquids, Medication from businesses or clinics, Needles (Sharps), Thermometers.

The Macomb County Health Department accepts unwanted and outdated NON-CONTROLLED medications from all Macomb County residents through their Household Hazardous Waste collection for proper disposal. Before bringing in your unwanted medication please follow these procedures: Remove pills from bottles and blister packs and combine together in an unmarked/unlabeled container such as a zip lock bag; Please do not bring pill bottles to either collection site.

For collection dates, times and locations click here or call 586-466-7923. Alternatively medications can be brought in to the Mount Clemens Health Center anytime during normal business hours.

Contact the Macomb County Sheriff's Office at 586)-469-5151 or you can take them to the secure drop-off location in the main lobby of the Macomb County Jail, 43565 Elizabeth Street, Mount Clemens.


Dispose of medical sharps with your household trash and place them in a puncture proof container (such as a coffee can or heavy duty detergent container), secure the lid or cap and label "Medical Sharps". GFL Services single family residential customers in Shelby Township may dispose of medical sharps at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.