The following guidelines apply to RESIDENTIAL wastes only:
Store medications in a locked medicine cabinet to prevent theft, abuse or accidental poisoning. Even non-prescription medications can be a danger to children and pets.Disposing of medications properly is environmentally responsible and can prevent accidental use, overdose or abuse by others who may have access to them.
Hypodermic Needles (Sharps) Disposal:
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.
Clinical Medications & Sharps Disposal
Island County Code 8.08B.330 prescribes
handling, treatment and disposal standards for Contaminated Sharps and other Infectious
Wastes. For questions regarding the Infectious waste section of the Island County Code contact the Island County Public Health at 360-679-7350, 360-321-5111 x7350, or 360-629-4505 x7350.
Please visit the State of Washington Department of Ecology website or call 425-649-7000 for assistance with disposal of pharmaceutical waste. Please remember that it is not appropriate for health care professionals to dispose of unwanted medications down any drain!