Home Medical Waste
Over-the-counter, prescription medications, and other medical waste should not be disposed of down the drain. Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in your local waterways, and may eventually be found in drinking water.
Properly disposing of unwanted and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications promotes a healthy aquatic environment and prevents accidental poisoning and intentional abuse.
Somerville residents can take advantage of the year-around Rx Mission Drop-Off medicine-collection program sponsored by the Somerset County Sheriff and the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division.
In Somerville, needles and syringes of any kind can be dropped off at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prescription and other medications can be dropped off at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Medicine Collection Drop Box, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, no questions asked. The drop box is located on the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.
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