Disposal of Unwanted Medications

The Henry and Stark Health Departments staff notes that this time of year we annually celebrate the comfort and safety of our "health and home." Therefore, we remind area residents that we have been designated as a "Drop-Off" site for the disposal of unwanted medications.

This unused medication collection program's aim is to protect Henry and Stark County surface and groundwater resources, while reducing the amount of materials going to the landfills. In addition, the program helps to protect area residents' health by reducing the number of "out-of-date" and unnecessary medicines kept in the home environment.

The Health Department offers the following instructions for the "Drop-Off" of Pharmaceuticals at their 2 locations:

  • 110 N Burr Boulevard, Kewanee
  • 103 1st Street, Colona

Drop-Off Instructions

  1. Bring only residentially generated medication items. No medications from businesses or doctors offices can be taken.
  2. Use a permanent black marker to black out any personal information and name of medication on the label.
  3. Take medications to the collection site during business hours only - Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
  4. Follow instructions at the Drop-Off site. Give medications to drop-off site personnel only.
  5. This is not a share or recycle opportunity. All medications will be destroyed by an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) contracted disposal company in an environmentally safe manner.

Items Accepted
The following items are accepted at Take Back site and include expired or unwanted items?

  • Prescription Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Medicines
  • Medicated Ointments
  • Medicated Shampoos
  • Liquids containing medications
  • Prescription Inhalers
  • Over-the-Counter Inhalers
  • Glass Thermometers containing Mercury
  • Medical devices containing Mercury (i.e., blood pressure units, barometers)

Items Not Accepted

  • Sharps and Needles
  • DEA - Drug Enforcement Agency controlled substances
  • Narcotic Medications
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Biohazard Materials
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Other Household Wastes

More Information
For more information on the Health Departments' new Unused Medication Collection Program you can call the Health Department at 309-852-0197 (Main Office), 792-4011 (West Office), or at 309-852-3115 (Stark County).