To protect local drinking water systems, officials strongly recommend disposing over-the-counter and prescription medications at an established drop-off site or mixed with regular trash.
Arlington’s municipal solid waste is incinerated at the energy-from-waste facility so unnecessary medications, when thrown away, will be destroyed safely.
Other disposal preparations and options:
- Remove unused or expired prescription drugs from the original container. Add water to melt the pills, then place them in an unattractive substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them in your garbage.
- Ask your pharmacy if it accepts and disposes of unused medications.
- Drop off medications at a designated Arlington location during one of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events.
Amid concerns about trace amounts of medications found in drinking water, Arlington’s water supply is safe and meets Environmental Protection Agency standards. The Washington Aqueduct provides Arlington’s drinking water, drawn from the Potomac River and treated. Regular sampling and testing ensure the water delivered to residents is safe and of the highest quality.