Sharps and Prescription Disposal

Safe Sharps Disposal
The Village of Buffalo Grove along with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) is extending the sharps disposal program. 

This program will allow residents who self-inject medications the option of bringing their used sharps to the Village of Buffalo Grove for proper disposal and help to prevent the sharps from entering the household waste system. 

Used sharps left loose among other waste can hurt sanitation workers during collection rounds, at sorting and recycling facilities, and at landfills. These materials also have the potential to become lodged in equipment forcing a worker to remove it by hand and possibly becoming injured.

Sharps Containers
The Buffalo Grove Health Department will be providing free sharps containers to residents interested in participating in this program. These containers can be picked up at:
Buffalo Grove Health Department 
Village Hall 
50 Raupp Blvd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Sharps users will then be able to take their full sharps container to the Buffalo Grove Health Department for appropriate disposal. You can drop off your containers at the Health Department 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call 847-459-2530 if you have any questions. 

Please note that all sharps must be in an approved sharps container.

Safe Prescription Disposal
This program helps ensure the environmentally safe disposal of these drugs. This program is for residentially generated unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter drugs. 

Prescription drugs that are more than a year old should be disposed of as well as nonprescription medications without an expiration date that are more than six months old. Keep all pharmaceuticals in their original containers with labels to identify the contents. 

Drop-off is from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at Village Hall. 

The following are unacceptable items and cannot be taken:
  • Non-prescription liquids
  • Latex gloves
  • Household chemical waste
  • Industrial or business waste