Unwanted Medicines Disposal Service
If you have unused or expired medicines you can bring them into Waterbeach Pharmacy for safe disposal.
Our unwanted medicines disposal is a free service available to the public. You can drop off any prescription medicines or medicines that you bought over the counter and it will be disposed of safely.
It is not safe to put unwanted/expired medicine in domestic bins or flushing them down toilets for several reasons. The drug may contaminate the environment including the water supply. Also, domestic bins are not secure and the drugs could get into the wrong hands.
Likewise, stockpiling drugs – or keeping old and unused medicines – poses health risks. You could accidentally take an expired medication or even take the wrong one. This risk is particularly relevant to the older you get.
What happens to unwanted medicine?
A pharmacy cannot reuse any medicine you return.
Some medicines will go back to the pharmaceutical manufacturing company for disposal. Otherwise, the drugs will go to specialist waste management companies.
So please bring your old, unused or expired meds into the pharmacy and give them over the counter to a member of staff.
Please note, we are unable to accept used needles or syringes. We can advise you where to dispose of these, please ask a member of the team.