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Disposal of Medicine and Medical Waste

Storing unwanted and expired medications at home presents a risk for drug abuse or overdose for consumers as well as children and pets. On the other hand, improper drug disposal can contaminate soil and water, if people trash or flush pharmaceuticals down the sink or drain.

The following are the best ways to dispose of medications:

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Collection Events

The city holds take-back events in the spring and fall. Visit the Take Back Meds page for more information, and watch your utility bill for the announcement of collection dates.

Drug Kiosk

Drug Take-Back Kiosks

There are currently three Drug Take Back Kiosks in Fort Worth that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

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Drug Take-Back Envelopes

For small quantities of medications, the city is piloting a take-back program through postal mail. Simply call 817-392-1234 or email 1234@fortworthtexas.gov to request a postage-paid envelope (limited to one envelope per household while supplies last).

Why not flush?

Flushing of medicines down the toilet or drain can potentially contaminate our water sources.

Police station collection boxes

Medication disposal kiosks are available at five locations Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Central Division, 501 Jones St.
  • East Division, 1100 Nashville.
  • North Division, 2500 North Houston St.
  • South Division, 3128 West Bolt St.
  • West Division, 3525 Marquita.

Medical Waste

Sharps (needles, syringes, lancets)

Before throwing away sharps in a trash receptacle, place them in a sharps disposal container or hard plastic/metal with a tightly-secured lid (detergent bottles with screw-on lids or a coffee can). When possible, break off syringe needles to prevent reuse.

General Medical Waste

Place IV bags, plastic tubing and similar medical equipment in plastic garbage bags and throw them away in trash receptacle. These items are not recyclable, whether they have been used or not.

Customer Service

Report an issue by phone:
817-392-1234

The call center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Assistant Director:
Robert Smouse

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