Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can pollute our waters and be harmful to humans, fish, and other wildlife when disposed of improperly.

Please do not flush medications down the toilet or place in the trash

Unused, unwanted, and expired medicines of all kinds, including controlled substances must be properly disposed of in an environmentally safe manner so as to prevent leaching into the groundwater.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful organizes an annual Medication Collection

2018 date TBA

Most pharmacy departments sell a mail-back disposal container for needles/sharps.


Needles, syringes and sharps, etc. are NOT accepted at any of the sites or drivesClick here for more information.

Recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency

City of Rockford Police District Station Lobbys (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays)

Prescription pharmaceuticals may also be disposed of for free in a 24-hour secure drop box located in the lobby of each Rockford Police Department District station listed below. Citizens may drop off up to one, 1-gallon bag per visit, once a week.

For these locations, medications should be removed from the original container and placed in a clear, self-closing disposable bag, provided by the citizen disposing the medication.

  • District 1 – 1045 W. State Street
  • District 2 – 1410 Broadway
  • District 3 (Administration Headquarters) – 557 S. New Towne Drive

Winnebago County Justice Center

24-hour access inside vestibule on right
650 West State St., Rockford 61102

Rockton Police Department/Village Hall

110 E. Main Street
Rockton, 61072
24-hour access inside vestibule
Non-emergency:  815-624-8881

South Beloit Police Department

519 Blackhawk Blvd
South Beloit, 61080
Weekday business hours

Non-emergency:  815-389-3491

Belvidere–Boone County Public Safety Building Lobby

615 North Main St., Belvidere 61008
24-hour access inside vestibule
County Administration:  815-547-4770

Select Walgreens Stores