Pharmaceutical Take Back

Summary of Pharmaceutical Take Back: 

  • Medication should NEVER be discarded down the drain. 
  • Unused, expired and unwanted medication is a health and safety risk, as well as a potential threat to waterways.
  • Pharmacies participating in the Illinois EPA pilot program may accept most medications.
  • Some police departments also offer medication take-back of all types of medication.

  • Due to new DEA regulations released in the Fall of 2014 some pharmacies have discontinued accepting medications but others are considering becoming collection sites. Please check back.

 Will County partners for Pharmaceuticals: Med TakeBack Icon

  • Illinois EPA
  • Bolingbrook Pharmacy
  • Crest Hill Police Department
  • Elwood Police Department
  • J. D. Brown Pharmacy
  • Joliet Police Department
  • Lemont Police Department
  • Lockport Police Department
  • Mokena Police Department
  • New Lenox Police Department
  • Peotone Police Department
  • Remco Medical
  • Romeoville Police Department
  • Shorewood Police Department

Walgreens launched a take-all medication collection program in August 2016 at select locations

Click this link to a Map of these locations - The sites and hours are listed below!


Will County Medication Take Back Program

This program protects Will County water resources, while reducing the materials going to local landfills. Each year thousands of tons of pharmaceuticals and personal care products enter the waste stream. Several United States Geological Survey studies over the past 7 years have found that many pharmaceuticals are surviving water treatment facilities and making their way into drinking water. The very medications that help people may be a concern to aquatic life. 
The EPA has asked everyone to cease "flushing" unwanted medications down the drain. The federal government is encouraging people to locate pharmaceutical take-back programs for disposal of unwanted medications.
Will County, in cooperation with the Illinois EPA and local pharmacies, began the area’s first permanent Medication Take-Back Program in 2007. This is a pilot program, that if successful, may be expanded.
Will County shall continue to offer One-Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events which have always accepted medications. Please share this information with friends, neighbors and family members to protect our fishing, recreational and drinking water resources.

Drop-Off Instructions

  • Bring only residentially generated medication items. No medications from businesses or doctor’s offices can be taken.
  • Use a permanent marker to black out your name or personal information on the label.
  • Take medications to pharmacy or collection site during drop-off operation hours ONLY.
  • Please follow directions at the drop-off site. Only give medications to the pharmacy or drop-off site personnel.
  • This is not a share or reuse opportunity. All medications received will be destroyed in the most environmentally sound manner possible.
Items Accepted  (Expired or Unwanted) Items NOT Accepted
Prescription Medications DEA Controlled Substances*:
Over-the-Counter Medications Narcotic Medications
Medicated Ointments Illegal Drugs
Medicated Shampoos Bio-Hazardous Materials
Liquids Containing Medications Sharps / Needles (see bottom of page)
Prescription Inhalers Radioactive Materials
Over-the-Counter Inhalers Other Household Wastes
Glass Thermometers (contain mercury)  
Medical devices containing mercury  
(blood pressure units, barometers, etc.)  
*The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency defines DEA Controlled Substances under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. They are medications categorized by "schedules" based on their potential for abuse or addition. The schedules cover opiates, hallucinogens and prescriptions containing narcotics or amphetamines.

What to do with medications that are not accepted?

Will County, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, will host special collection events that include DEA controlled substances from time-to-time. Some law enforcement agencies accept DEA controlled substances. Please contact your local police department to learn if they offer this valuable home safety service.

Protect Personal Information when disposing prescriptions

The label of a prescription bottle shows personal data, such as your name, your doctor’s name, the type of medication, the number of refills allowed and the date of the current refill. In the wrong hands, this data could be harmful to you or a drug abuser. Therefore it is always important for you to black out your personal data on the label with a permanent black marker before disposing of the product in any manner.

Accidental Misuse

If you accidentally repeat a dosage, take an expired medication or otherwise misuse your medication, call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

Needles/Sharps are NOT accepted:

Needles, or sharps as they are also called, that are used in the home for self-injection (such as insulin shots) are currently permissible to discard with regular garbage using a rigid container (such as a milk jug, coffee container or laundry bottle) sealed with duct tape.
Residents may also use a bio-hazard container and pay for bio-hazard disposal service through several companies. Occasionally a doctor's office, hospital or other medical provider will offer disposal service to their clients.
Three communities include service to take sharps from residents for biohazard disposal: Joliet, Plainfield, Shorewood.
Call 800-449-7587 
A national sharp drop-off directory is being worked on: 



Sharps generated by hospitals, medical offices, traveling nursing services, etc. are required to be disposed as bio-waste through a commercial bio-hazard disposal service.

The Medication Take-Back Brochure may be printed on 8.5" X 14" sheet.


Pharmaceutical Drop-Off Locations:

Bolingbrook Pharmacy

402 W. Boughton Road

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Braidwood Police Department

141 W Main Street

Twice a Year: 
Call or check the website
for dates and times


Crest Hill Police Department

1610 Plainfield Road (Rt.30)

24/7 inside entrance

Elwood Police Department

401 Mississippi Avenue

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm

Joliet-Walgreens Pharmacy

1801 Ingalls

Drop-Box 24/7

Joliet-Police Department

150 W. Washington Street

Hours: Drop-Box 24/


Joliet - Police Department 
(West Side)

7196 Caton Farm Road

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Joliet-J. D. Brown Pharmacy

837 Plainfield Road (Rt 30)

Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri 9am-5:30pm
Saturday 9am-3pm

Joliet - Remco Medical

692 Theodore Street

Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm
Saturday 8:30am-1pm

Lemont Police Department

14600 127th Street 
630-257-2229 x2478

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Lockport Police Department

1212 Farrell Road

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Mokena Police Department

10907 Front Street

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Naperville-Regional IEPA HHW Facility

180 Fort Hill Drive
"Please, No Direct Calls"

Saturday-Sunday 9am-2pm
(excluding holidays)

Naperville - Walgreens

63 W 87th Street

Hours: Drop Box 24/7

New Lenox Police Department

208 Veterans Parkway

Hours: Drop-Box 
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
(excluding holidays)

New Lenox - Walgreens

466 Nelson Road 

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7


Peotone Police Department

208 E Main Street 

Hours: Drop-Box 
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
(excluding holidays)

Plainfield Police Department

14300 Coil Plus Drive 

Plainfield Residents Only
Hours: Drop-Box 
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
(excluding holidays)

Romeoville Police Department

1050 W Romeo Road 

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7


Shorewood Police Department

903 W. Jefferson Street 

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7



Wilmington Police Department

129 Robert P Weidling Drive

Wilmington Residents Only
Hours: Drop-Box
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
(excluding holidays)


Click Here for a Map of these Sites

These locations are also listed on the Green Guide Database. 

Locations throughout Illinois are availabe on the IL EPA website








































Several pharmacies ceased participating and are listed here for historical reference only:

  • Basinger's Pharmacy (multiple locations)   
  • Bolingbrook Pharmacy
  • Doc's Drugs (multiple locations)


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