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Pharmaceutical collections now available at these locations:


Babbitt Police Department
71 South Drive
Babbitt, MN 55706
24 Hours

Chisholm Police Department
301 W. Lake St.
Chisholm, MN 55719
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ely City Hall
209 East Chapman Street
Ely, MN 55731
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Eveleth Police Department
415 Pierce Street
Eveleth, MN 55734
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Floodwood City Hall
111 8th Ave West
Floodwood, MN 55736
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Gilbert Police Department/City Hall
16 Broadway St South
Gilbert, MN 55741
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hibbing Sheriff's Department
1810 12th Ave East
Hibbing, MN 55746
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Virginia Sheriff's Department
300 South 5th Ave
Virginia, MN 55792
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Look for the metal drop-off box.

To find WLSSD Take it to the Box sites for users in the Duluth area  follow this link:

We accept: 

 Not accepted:

 Prescription  medications in any form                            
from households.

•Pills and capsules
•Blister packs
•Creams and gels
•IV bags
Medications from businesses

Preparing for Drop Off

  • Medications may be kept in original container.
  • Customers name may be crossed off if customer desires.
  • Drop-offs are anonymous.


What if I can't get to a drop-off site? What do I do with 'sharps?' (needles and lancets) FAQs
Frequently asked questions:

Q: What happens to the drugs I drop off in the box?
A: They are incinerated in a waste-to-energy facility in Fosston.

Q: Can I drop-off non-prescription drugs?
A: Yes.

Q: Why do we need these collections sites?
A:Toxic leftover drugs are endangering our children, our families, and our environment. A huge amount of medicines go unused - about one-third of medicines sold - yet we don't have a secure and environmentally safe way to dispose of them. Storing unwanted or expired medicines in our homes contributes to the epidemic of medicine abuse and accidental poisonings. When flushed or thrown away, unused medicines are hazardous waste that pollutes our waters and environment. Medicine take-back programs offer the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover medicines.

Q: Why can't I just flush them down the toilet?
A: Leftover medicine is toxic waste. It poses a danger to people, pets, and the environment if not disposed of properly. If flushed or thrown away it can get into the waterways, affecting our drinking water. Just as we don't put used motor oil or leftover paint thinner in the trash, we should not put toxic leftover medicines in the garbage. Unwanted medicines should be disposed of properly like other household hazardous waste.
  • Wastewater treatment facilities don't destroy pharmaceuticals that are flushed. Most drugs pass through treatment plants and into our surface, ground, and marine waters.
  • Trash disposal is not secure; especially for narcotics and other highly addictive and dangerous drugs.
  • Pets can be poisoned by medicines thrown in the trash. The Animal Poison Control Center handled more than 46,000 cases in the U.S. of pets exposed to medicines in 2009. (ASPCA)
  • Leftover medicines can be toxic.
  • High temperature incineration at properly permitted facilities is currently the safest disposal method for toxic left-over medicines. That's how the pharmaceutical industry disposes of their unwanted medicines.
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St. Louis County Environmental Services Department
307 First St. S., Ste. 115
Virginia, Minnesota  55792