F.A.Q. Home Medical Waste
The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.
Hazardous Waste Materials
- Appliances (CFCs)
- Art & Crafts
- Batteries (Auto & Boat)
- Batteries, Household (dry cell)
- Cell Phones
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Driveway Sealer
- Fire Extinguishers
- Medical Waste
- Motor Oil & Filters
- Muriatic Acid (HCl)
- Paints & Stains
- Photo Chemicals
- Pool Chemicals
- Rock Salt
- Smoke Detectors
- Wood with Lead Paint
- May infect other people who come in contact with trash.
- Unwanted or expired medicines or pharmaceuticals could be harmful to children or adults. Unused pharmaceuticals found in the trash may be stolen for unregulated use.
Antibiotics poured down the drain can kill beneficial microbes and bacteria in septic systems.
- Keep sharp objects such as needles, syringes, and lancelets in secure containers out of the reach of children. Do not use glass.
Click here for Morris County specific issues related to medical waste.
Once a prescription has been issued, the pharmacy cannot take it back. Periodic prescription medicine disposal
programs are run by the:
Morris County Sheriff's Office - Prescription Drug Drop Box Program
Dispose of prescription drugs safely and bring unused or expired prescription drugs to participating Morris County towns. The Morris County Sheriff’s Medical Collection Unit was started in 2013. A designated municipal police officer and a Sheriff’s Officer collect the medications from the locked boxes that are kept in the lobbies of the local municipal police departments where people discard medications in a safe and secure location. This program is for residents only. Doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other medical institutions must dispose of drugs via FDA/DEA guidelines.
- USDEA typically holds National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in April. Go to their website to see announcements of new programs and to view a listing of Morris County drop-off locations. Locations are usually publicized and available about one month prior to the collection day. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
- Morris County Sheriff's Office - Prescription Drug Drop Box Program
- Project Medicine Drop (click here) is coordinated through the NJ Div of Consumer Affairs and provides the opportunity to discard unused prescription medications every day throughout the year. The participating police agencies maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them according to their normal procedures for the custody and destruction of controlled dangerous substances. They report the quantity of discarded drugs to the Division of Consumer Affairs on a quarterly basis. The Division expanded the program in 2012, to include police departments in each of New Jersey's 21 counties.
Safe Syringe Disposal Programs in Morris County
St. Clare's Hospital
(Dover and Denville Campuses)
Just drop off syringes at the front desk, but they must be in a sealed, hardened container.
Morristown Medical Center
973-971-4177 - Containers for syringes can be picked up or dropped off at the outpatient desk located on the right after going into the main entrance. Hours are M-F, 7:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 7:00am-3:00pm. Syringes must be empty and syringe containers cannot be more than 3/4s full.
Chilton Memorial Hospital 973-831-5010 - Containers for syringes can be picked up or dropped off at the
Access Center located on the right after going into the main entrance. Hours are M-F, 6:00am-5:00pm and Saturdays 7:00am-12:00pm.
Syringes must be empty and syringe containers cannot be more than 3/4s full.
Note: in addition accepting sharps and/or syringes for disposal,these safe syringe disposal programs will also accept
epipens for disposal as longs as they are empty and packaged in hardened containers like sharps and syringes.
First Dispense the medicine inside the EpiPen into a potato or apple.
Next, throw the potato or apple in the trash
Finally, place the empty EpiPen in a safe syringe disposal container for disposal through the safe syringe program.
Additional information about the Safe Syringe Disposal Program maybe obtained by contacting:
- MedPro Disposal- Provides reliable, cost-effective biohazard waste removal, pharmaceutical destruction and OSHA compliance training services to healthcare providers throughout the US. Interested parties can call MedPro Disposal for prices & details at 886-641-6131.
- Waste Management, a waste hauling company has a “Sharps Disposal by Mail” program. Participants are provided with an approved disposal container and mail full containers for disposal using US Postal Service. Interested parties can call Waste Management for prices & details at 877-WASTE-MD.