Drug Disposal

Help prevent drug abuse, overdose, and keep our water supply clean by participating in the Manitowoc County Drug Disposal Program.  Residents may bring unwanted drugs and medications to these programs free of charge.

"Flushing unwanted medications down the toilet, or in the trash, has added to the problem of medications in our water supplies." - Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

"Unused medications are being used inappropriately, stolen, or ending up on the street." - Metro Drug Task Force Commander  


Remove pills from original container and put them in a sealed "Ziploc" style bag that is quart size or smaller before placing in the drug drop box.  Empty pill containers may be placed in your home recycling or trash.  Liquid, powder, and cream medications should remain in the original bottles with caps tightened.

how to properly dispose of drugs

-Unused and/or expired medications
-Over-the-counter medications
-Prescription medications
-Pet medications
-Controlled substances

 Incorrect packaging to dispose of drugs

-Sharps (needles, syringes, lancets, etc.)
-Chemical waste/mercury products
-Electronic glucose monitors
-Non-medical inhalers
-Business/long term care medications
-Empty pill bottles
-Personal care products (shampoo, cosmetics, etc.)

Permanent Dropboxs

Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office: 1025 South 9th Street, Manitowoc, 8am-4:30pm M-F
Manitowoc City Police Department: 910 Jay Street, Manitowoc, 7:30am-4:30pm M-F
Two Rivers Police Department: 1717 East Park Street, 8am-4:30pm M-F

Disposal Events

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Earth Day/Healthy Kids Day, YMCA, 205 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc
Thursday, September 14, 2017: 2pm-5pm Kiel Community Center, 510 3rd Street, Kiel
Saturday, October 21, 2017: 10am-3pm, Crime Prevention Day, Expo-Merchants Building, 4921 Expo Drive, Manitowoc

  • Accepted drugs include prescriptions, over the counter, pet medications, controlled substances, and supplements.
  • Place pills in a "ziplock" style bag that is quart size or less. Pills can be mixed into one bag.
  • Liquids, crèmes, and powders can stay in the original container with caps tightened.
  • Pill bottles and boxes are NOT accepted.  Cross out your personal information and dispose of them or recycle them at home.
  • Needles, sharps, mercury devices, chemical waste, electronic glucose monitors, non-medical inhalers, and personal care products like shampoo and cosmetics will NOT be accepted.
  • Do NOT bring medications to drug disposal events before or after the listed times.
  • Households only.  Businesses should call 920-683-4333 for disposal information.
  • Practice safe storage by keeping your medications in a secured location.
  • Practice reduction by consulting with your physician about your medication needs.
  • Never share your prescriptions with another person.