Illinois Household Sharps Disposal

At the state level, the Illinois EPA provides the following guidance:


If a person chooses to place this medical waste in with their trash, the following guidelines help protect the trash haulers, landfill workers, and others who may come in contact with the waste. First, the medical waste should be placed in a sturdy container such as a sharps container from the pharmacy, a laundry detergent bottle, or a soda bottle. When the container is full, the lid should be put on the container and taped in place. The container should then be marked "Do Not Recycle" and then placed in the regular trash. 


Northern Cook County


The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County's Prescription Drug/Sharps Disposal Program  ensures environmentally-safe disposal. The program accepts residentially-generated sharps.

In addition to disposing of sharps, SWANCC will also provide a one-quart sharps container to residents who administer home-injections. Containers can be obtained at designated drop-off locations. When the SWANCC sharps container is full, the resident should bring the container back to the drop-off location in their community for proper disposal.

Drop-off locations as of February, 2011 (call to be sure they are still available):


Arlington Heights

Senior Center

1801 W Central Road

(847) 253-5532

First Thursday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The program excludes the month of July 2010.
Sharps accepted during regular business hours



Public Safety Building

400 N Northwest Highway

(847) 304-3300

First Saturday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Only accepting from Barrington residents.


Buffalo Grove

Village Hall - Health Department

50 Raupp Blvd

(847) 459-2530

Monday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 pm

Only accepting from Buffalo Grove residents.

Elk Grove Village

Village Municipal Complex

901 Wellington

(847) 357-4202

Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Only accepting from Elk Grove Village residents.



Civic Center - ground floor

2100 Ridge Ave

(847) 866-2948

Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Only accepting from Evanston residents.


Village Hall

675 Village Ct

(847) 835-4111

Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Only accepting from Glencoe residents.


Village Hall - Lobby (1st Floor)

1225 Waukegan Rd

(847) 904-4340

First Friday of each month, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

If the first Friday falls on a holiday, the collection will be moved to the following Friday.

Only accepting from Glenview residents.

Hoffman Estates

Department of Health and Human Services

1900 Hassell Road (SE Entrance of Village Hall)

(847) 882-9100

First Wednesday of each month - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Only accepting from Hoffman Estates residents.


Police Department

419 Richmond Rd

(847) 251-2141

Sunday - Saturday, 24 hours

Only accepting from Kenilworth residents.



Police Department

6900 N. Lincoln Ave

(847) 673-2167

Accepts expired and over the counter medications.

First Friday of each month - 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Only accepting from Lincolnwood residents.


Fire Department

6900 N. Lincoln Avenue


Accepts Sharp containers. Do not bring pharmaceuticals to this location.

Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only accepting from Lincolnwood residents.

Morton Grove

Civic Center

6140 Dempster St

(847) 470-5223

M - F - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only accepting from Morton Grove residents.

Mount Prospect

Public Works

1700 W Central Road

(847) 870-5640

Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm





Senior Center

999 Civic Center Dr

(847) 588-8442

Second Wednesday of January, April, July and October from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

Only accepting from Niles residents.


Village Hall - Environmental Health Division

200 E. Wood St

(847) 359-9090

Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Only accepting from Palatine residents.


Park Ridge

City Hall Health Department

505 Butler Pl

(847) 318-5291

First Thursday of every month from 8:00 - 11:00 am

Prospect Heights

City Hall

8 N Elmhurst Road

(847) 398-6070, ext. 206

Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Rolling Meadows

Public Works

3900 Berdnick Street

(847) 870-2884

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Only accepting from Rolling Meadow residents.



Village Hall - Health Department

5127 Oakton St

(847) 933-8252

Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
First and Third Wednesdays from 8:30 - 7:00 pm

Only accepting from Skokie residents.


Police Department (Village Hall Complex)

1 Community Boulevard

(847) 499-9045

Third Saturday of each month - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Only accepting from Wheeling residents.


Police Station

2 Community Blvd

(847) 853-7507

Second Tuesday of month from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Only accepting from Wilmette residents.



Fire Department

428 Green Bay Rd

(847) 501-6029

Medications: M - F - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sharps: taken M - F - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Only accepting from Winnetka residents.


Village of Morton Grove


Family & Senior Services for the Village of Morton Grove, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, is sponsoring a program for the environmentally-safe disposal of unused prescription drugs, expired “over the counter” drugs and needles known as “sharps”. Sharps disposal allows residents, who self inject medications, the option of bringing in their used sharps for proper disposal and help to prevent the sharps from entering the household waste system.

When: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: American Legion Memorial Civic Center
6140 Dempster St.
Morton Grove, Illinois

All sharps need to be in a rigid container with a sealed lid and put in a zipped plastic bag prior to dropping off. Small sharps disposal containers are available at the Civic Center.

For more information call 847-470-5246.


Village of Buffalo Grove


The Village of Buffalo Grove along with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) 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 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, 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.




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