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Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medications

DO NOT dispose of medication down the drain or toilet. Bring your medicine to a local drop-off listed below or follow these steps:

  1. Keep medicine in the original container. Mark out any personal information on prescription bottles.
  2. Mix liquid medicine with undesirable substances like coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt. Dilute pills with water then mix with coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt.
  3. Place bottles in an opaque container or wrap in dark colored plastic.
  4. Hide the container in the trash. Do NOT recycle.

The National Take Back Initiative holds biannual events at local police departments to safely dispose of medicines. Click here for information.

The following are permanent drop-off locations where medicines can be taken year-round:

Atlantic City Police Department
2715 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.     

Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse 
4997 Unami Blvd.
Mays Landing, NJ 
Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.    
Buena Vista Township Municipal Building
890 Harding Highway
Buena, NJ 

Egg Harbor City Police Department
500 London Avenue
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey 08215

Egg Harbor Township Police Department
3515 Bargaintown Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Jersey Shore Pharmacy
3007 Ocean Heights Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 

Longport Police Department
2305 Atlantic Avenue
Longport, NJ
Margate Police Department
111 N Decatur Ave

Margate City, NJ

Mullica Township Police Department
4528 White Horse Pike
Elwood, New Jersey

Somers Point Police Department
1 W. New Jersey Avenue #2
Somers Point, NJ
Ventnor Police Department
White drop-off box, diagonal from tax office
6201 Atlantic Ave. 
Ventnor City, NJ

Syringe/Needle Disposal

Never place loose needles or syringes in the trash or recycling bin! Please be advised that current laws in New Jersey prohibit citizens from disposing of sharps (needles, syringes, lancets, etc.) intact or as a whole unit in the regular trash. The safest and most efficient method involves placing the sharps as a single unit into a rigid container and having the container ultimately disposed of at a licensed facility. Click here for a copy of the  Atlantic County Division of Public Health Safe Syringe Disposal Information, which lists licensed hospitals in our area. If you should have any questions regarding syringe disposal, please contact the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Unit at (609) 645-5971 ext. 4380.  

Medical Waste

ACUA will accept non-infectious medical waste including gloves, masks, gauze, linens, paper goods, etc. These medical waste items are acceptable only when the proper form has been completed and the hauler has registered with the ACUA. Under no circumstances can regulated medical waste (RMW) be commingled with non-infectious medical waste. Any and all RMW or Type 10 waste or recyclables containing RMW found during the disposal and/or tipping are to be considered the responsibility of the hauler and generator, and all accounted costs for removal from the Transfer Station or Recycling Center and will be assessed against both.  


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