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Take-it-to-the-Box

Pharmaceutical collections now available at these locations:

Virginia Sheriff's Department
300 South 5th Ave
Virginia, MN 55792
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
 
Hibbing Sheriff's Department
1810 12th Ave East
Hibbing, MN 55746
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
 
Babbitt Police Department
71 South Drive
Babbitt, MN 55706
24 Hours

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

Eveleth Police Department

415 Pierce Street
Eveleth, MN 55734
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
 
Ely City Hall
209 East Chapman Street
Ely, MN 55731
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
Floodwood City Hall
111 8th Ave West
Floodwood, MN 55736
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Look for the metal drop-off box.

We accept: 

 Not accepted:

 Prescription  medications in any form                            
from households.

•Pills and capsules
•Blister packs
•Creams and gels
•Inhalers
•IV bags
•Liquids
•Patches
•Powders
•Sprays
•Vials
•Needles
•Syringes
•Lancets
•Thermometers
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

You still have the option to dispose of household medical waste in the garbage.


Due to demonstrated adverse effects to fish and other aquatic wildlife, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency no longer recommends disposal of medications by flushing them down the drain.  If you live within the St. Louis County Solid Waste Management Area, most of your unwanted medications may be disposed of in your trash.prescription drugs

Here’s how:

  • Keep the medication in its original container and scratch out or cover the patient’s name.  
  • Add water to pills or capsules in the bottle, or salt, flour or powdered mustard to liquids to discourage consumption, then securely tape container shut.
  • Wrap blister packs in multiple layers of duct tape.
  • Place it inside a non-transparent bag or lidded container (margarine tub will work) and tape the lid securely. 
  • Put it in with your trash. 
DO NOT PUT IN WITH RECYCLING.
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St. Louis County Environmental Services Department
307 First St. S., Ste. 115
Virginia, Minnesota  55792
e-mail: esdinfo@stlouiscountymn.gov
1-800-450-9278