Animal Medical Clinic - St. Paul


Ramsey County Medication and Needles/Syringes Collection

FREE Medicine Collection Program

Safely dispose of your unwanted, expired or unused medicines for FREE at one of Ramsey County's two public drop boxes. This year-round collection program helps prevent crime and protects the environment. Storing unwanted, expired and unused medicines can lead to drug abuse or poisoning, and medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can harm the environment.

Medicine from households are accepted in any form, including prescription, over-the-counter and pet medicines.
Examples:

  • Blister packs
  • Inhalers
  • Patches
  • Capsules and pills
  • IV bags
  • Powders
  • Creams and gels
  • Liquids
  • Sprays
  • Vials

Guidelines: Keep medicines in their original container and place them in a clear plastic bag (pills can remain in their blister packs). Use a marker to cross out your name on medicine containers. Place medicine that is no longer in its original container in a clear plastic bag and write the name of the medicine on the bag.

FREE Disposal of Needles & Syringes

Safe disposal of needles, syringes and lancets prevents injury and disease transmission. Ramsey County only accepts sharps at the year-round household hazardous waste collection site.

Guidelines:
  1. Empty syringes of any liquid.
  2. Put syringe (needle side down) into a hard sided container like a laundry detergent jug.
  3. Seal the container and label it Sharps.
  4. Inform staff at site that you have sharps to drop off and place them in the collection box.
  5. Loose sharps are not accepted. No business waste.

Please visit www.ramseyrecycles.com for hours and maps to drop off locations. We will have cards available in the clinic with hours and locations, and we have placed a link to the website on the resources page. Please help us clean up the environment by properly disposing of medications and needles and syringes!