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:
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 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:
- UNT Health Science Center Drug Take Back Box, 3600 Mattison Ave.
- Walgreens, 6205 Westcreek Drive
- Walgreens, 4520 Western Center Blvd.
Medication disposal kiosks are available at five police stations for Fort Worth residents only Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Central Division, 501 Jones St.
- East Division, 1100 Nashville.
- North Division, 2500 N. Houston St.
- South Division, 3128 West Bolt St.
- West Division, 3525 Marquita.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a postage-paid envelope. Envelopes are available to residents with active water/garbage accounts with the City of Fort Worth (limit one envelope per household while supplies last).
Why not flush?
Flushing of medicines down the toilet or drain can potentially contaminate our water sources.
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.
Report an issue by phone:
The call center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Get collection reminders and look up how to dispose of waste on your smartphone with the new City of Fort Worth Garbage & Recycling app.
City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services.