Medical supplies and pharmaceuticals pose a potential risk to both the environment and the public. Services are available to assist in disposing of these unwanted materials. 

Medical Sharps

Sharps may include:
  • Glass tubes and slides 
  • IV tubing with needles attached 
  • Lancets
  • Needles
  • Scalpel blades 
  • Syringes
Red disposal container for home medical sharps.
These items cannot go in the garbage, as they pose a safety risk to workers, and need to be taken to an appropriate collection site. 

Disposal Options


Close up photo of several types of prescription pills and bottles.
Do not put medication down the drain or flush it down the toilet. Medication does not belong in sewage treatment plants or our streams and rivers.

Disposal Options

Beaverton Police Department - 4755 SW Griffith Dr.
There is a secure drop box for prescription and over the counter drugs in the lobby. It is available to community members Monday and Friday from 7 am to 5:30 pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 am to 7 pm. The drop box is not suitable for large quantities from care facilities.
  • Acceptable items: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments and liquid medication in leak proof containers.
  • Unacceptable items: Thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans,inhalers, EpiPens and iodine.
At Home
  • Pills and capsules: Add a small amount of water to them so they are not usable. Then disperse them throughout your garbage.
  • Liquids: Add an absorbent material, such as flour or kitty litter, recap the bottle, and put it in the garbage. 


Metro's hazardous waste facility or collection events. Pills should be out of original containers and placed loose in a plastic bag. Call Metro for more information at 503-234-3000.