There is a secure permanent drop box for medications in the lobby of the Freeport Public Safety Building. Anyone can bring unused, unwanted, or expired medications to the Freeport Public Safety Building for proper disposal.
You may dispose of the following items:
- Controlled, non-controlled and over the counter substances
- Medications in their original container (remove the label from the container or draw a black line through the information)
- Liquid products such as cough syrup should remain sealed in their original container if possible. Otherwise the item should be placed in a sealed zip lock bag.
Do not dispose of sharps in this container. Sharps (needles), bandages, prescriptions, and other medical waste (in small quantities from your home) may be disposed by including it with your residential trash. For your safety and the safety of those handling the trash, securely contain these items before discarding. Both Ecomaine and the law require the following disposal steps for sharps:
- Choose a rigid, leak-proof, puncture-resistant container, such as a hard, plastic bottle with a screw-on or tightly secured lid (a liquid detergent bottle with a large opening is a good choice, or you may purchase a disposable container at a pharmacy).
- Store the container near where the sharps are generated, but out of the reach of children.
- Dispose of the container: Label it using masking tape or duct tape with the following: “Do NOT Recycle.” Screw the lid on tightly and secure it with tape to prevent accidental opening. Then it can be included with your regular household trash.
- Don’t use glass, milk jugs, milk cartons, or clear plastic containers (they may break, be punctured, or taken for illicit use).
- Don’t put sharp objects in a container that will be recycled or returned to a store.