How To Recycle Drugs on the Main Line

Get rid of unwanted pills in a way that is safe for Ardmore.

Patch users across the Philadelphia area have shown increasing interest in how to recycle or safely dispose of any number of household items. So we've put together a series of resources for you and your neighbors, including locations in Ardmore Patch and nearby. If we miss any item you want to know how to properly dispose of or recycle, please let us know in the comments.

Why Recycle Prescription Drugs?

While there are some prescription drugs that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says are safe to flush down the toilet, the FDA says that take-back programs are best because they reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the medicine and reduce the trace amounts of medicine in the country’s water system.

How to Recycle Drugs:

The FDA says the best way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter drugs is to take them to a take-back event.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the following events are scheduled for April 28 in conjunction with the National Take Back Iniative and will take place from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.:

Municipality Location Lower Merion Lower Merion Police Department, 71 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore Media Media Police Department, 301 N Jackson Street, Media Radnor Radnor Township Municipal Building, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne Radnor Wayne Senior Center, 108 Station Road, Wayne Marple  Giant Food Store, 2910 Springfield Road, Broomall Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder 30, 6630 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 9, 6900 Germantown Avenue

County and municipal governments also hold occasonal take-back events. Check with your municipality or county to see when the next event is scheduled.

Perscription drugs can be disposed of even if a recycling event is missed. Check the disposal guide released by the FDA here or attached to this story.


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