Unwanted Medication

Unused prescription medication and over-the-counter medications may be placed in your trash. 

Medications such as insulin may be disposed of in the garbage.
Brown empty prescription bottles should be disposed of in the garbage. They are not acceptable for recycling. White bottles with a neck can be recycled as long as they are rinsed out and have a number 1 or a number 2 on them.

Sharps/syringes should never be placed with recyclable materials.
Medications that have been used to treat cancer, such as chemotherapy drugs, should not be placed in your garbage or sewer. Contact your medical provider or pharmacist to find out how to properly dispose of these types of drugs.

Take It To The Box
City and county officials are working together to provide Otter Tail County residents with a free, anonymous, and no-questions-asked avenue to dispose of unwanted prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, or narcotic drugs in a way that minimizes risk to health and safety.

Take It To The Box Locations
Secure medication disposal boxes are posted at various law enforcement centers throughout the county. The boxes will be accessible during regular business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, unless posted otherwise).

Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office – 417 Court Street South – Fergus Falls
Government Building – 118 N. Main Street – New York Mills
Perham Police Department – 525 W. Main Street – Perham
Parkers Prairie Police Department – 102 N. Otter Avenue – Parkers Prairie
Ottertail Operations Center – 469 Main Street W. – Ottertail
Pelican Rapids Police Department – 315 N. Broadway – Pelican Rapids
Battle Lake Police Department - 108 E. Main - Battle Lake
Henning Police Department - 607 2nd Street - Henning

Take-it-to-the-Box Instructions
This program is 100% anonymous, no questions asked.

o Leave medication in the original container
o Black out or remove your personal information from the label
o Leave the name of the medication on the container
o Drop the medication into the disposal box opening
o Absolutely no syringes, needles, or sharps accepted
o No mercury devices, household chemicals, biohazardous waste, or chemotherapy / radioactive medications accepted

Otter Tail County Disposal Tips Brochure
MPCA Managing Unwanted Medications
MPCA Prescription for Unused Medicines
MPCA Don’t Flush Medicines Down the Drain

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