Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

Medicine Disposal


Do you have unwanted or expired medication in your home?

For years, residents have been told to flush old medications down the toilet or sink. This is not a good idea.

New research has found medications, hormones and other personal care products in rivers and streams around the country. These substances can adversely affect fish and wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove these substances from wastewater, so it's important to keep them out of the sewer system.  Proper Disposal: It's a No Drainer.

Take it to THE BOX
Bring your unwanted and expired medications to year-round drop boxes at these area police departments:

  • Duluth Police Department/St. Louis County Sheriff Public Safety Building
  • West Duluth Police Substation
  • Hermantown Police Department
  • Proctor Police Department

THE BOX is located in each lobby and is available weekdays.  See the card for more information.

In Carlton County: Take it to the Box
In Superior: Medicine Drop Box

Medicine Cabinet Clean-out Events

The last scheduled event for 2015—the WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be open from 9am to 5pm:

             Friday, October 9th      

If you cannot bring medication to a Take it to the Box site or a scheduled collection event, follow these steps for safe disposal of medication in the garbage.


Scratch out the patient's name Add liquid, sawdust or spices to destroy the product Seal container with strong tape Hide it in a non-transparent container or bag Throw it away as close to trash pick-up as possible

These guidelines follow the current recommendation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility can ONLY accept medications at the special one-day collection events due to US drug laws.