Safely disposing of unused household chemicals and prescription medications helps protect drinking water.
Home toxics (also known as household hazardous waste) and unused prescription medications require special care when you use and dispose of them. Some substances have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers or contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets. They can also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house. Using a take-back program for excess home toxics and prescription medications prevents them from getting into our water, soil, and air where they can threaten public health.