Medications & Pharmaceuticals
Unused medicines are not prohibited from the garbage but there are better ways to dispose of them.
Medicines flushed down the toilet add unwanted contaminants to surface water bodies and marine habitats. Medicines put in your garbage may be found and accidentally consumed by children or pets, or resold illegally.
Visit the Take Back Your Meds website for locations of drop-off centers.
Maple Valley residents can safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in the Drug Drop-Off Box located in the lobby of the Maple Valley Police Department at 22017 SE Wax Rd., #100, Maple Valley, WA 98038. Drop-off times are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, excluding holidays. Controlled substances are among the items accepted for drop-off. Items that are not accepted include over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, needles, and used Epipens. Contact the Maple Valley Police Department at 425.413.5158 if you have any questions.