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Consumer Take Back Solutions: Drug Take Back And Sharps Mail Back Services

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Protect People and the Planet with the Leader in Medical Waste Management 

Safe, Convenient, and Sustainable Solutions

Stericycle offers the safest, most convenient, and most sustainable drug take back and sharps collection and disposal solutions for pharmacies, hospitals, law enforcement, public spaces, employers, governments, and drug coalitions to protect the communities they serve.  
Our solutions include:


Trusted Expertise

Stericycle operates thousands of drug take back collection sites nationwide, and has collected millions of pounds unused, home-generated pharmaceuticals and needles from the public. Our award-winning solutions are available in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and are trusted by top national pharmacy chains, hospital networks, and governments. 

Protect Homes, Communities, and the Environment

Stericycle’s safe medication and needle disposal solutions protect homes, workplaces, communities, and the environment from the damaging impacts of the opioid crisis, infectious disease, and contamination of waterways and drinking water systems. 

See Which Take Back Disposal Solution is Right For You


Sharps Mail Back Containers

Seal&Send Medication Mail Back

Drug Take Back Kiosks

Solution Offered

Secure sharps mail back containers can be used by consumers in the home or mounted by organizations in public spaces, with clear instructions and a prepaid return-shipping box for safe disposal by mail. Safe needle disposal prevents the spread of infectious disease to waste workers and the public by preventing needle sticks.

Solution Offered

Safe, sustainable, and trackable Seal&Send envelopes can be used by consumers for at-home medication disposal. Users mail medications in prepaid, anonymous envelopes  via USPS for DEA-compliant and environmentaly sustainable disposal by incineration to remove drugs from the home and environment. 

Solution Offered

Safe, convenient, and compliant drug take back kiosks can be used by consumers to dispose of unused medications at DEA registered facilities. Consumer medication waste can be processed by site staff or by Stericycle technicians, and waste is sustainably disposed via incineration to remove drugs from the home and environment.

Ideal For

Retail pharmacies & immunization clinics  

Healthcare facilities with low sharps volumes

Employers with employees who work in onsite offices, stores, warehouses, or other facilities         

Public restrooms in restaurants, stores, airports, etc.

Ideal For

At-home medication disposal for rural, elderly, disabled, low-income, and other homebound populations

Retail pharmacy customers

Hospital, health clinic, and dental office patients

Employers and benefits providers as an employee benefit

Governments, nonprofits, and drug coalitions to provide to the public

Ideal For

Retail pharmacies for onsite customer & public drug collection

Hospitals and healthcare clinics with pharmacies for onsite patient & public drug collection    

Law enforcement agencies for onsite public drug collection


Compliant: Meets all OSHA, DOT, and USPS requirements for safe collection, transport, and disposal of used needles

Save Time: Auto-replenishing options and regular reporting available

Customizable Container Design: Allows many types of sharps waste (needles, injector pens, syringes) and available in a variety of sizes and brand customization options

Convenient Disposal: Vertically integrated design, fulfillment, and disposal


Compliant: Meets DEA, DOT, EPA, and FDA recommendations and regulations for consumer medication disposal via drug take back and incineration

Convenient: Easy for organizations to distribute and for consumers to use at home

Trackable: Program data is tracked and reported, providing valuable program analytics and insights

Sustainable: Keeps pharmaceutical waste out of landfills and water systems


Compliant: Meets DEA, DOT, EPA, and FDA recommendations and regulations for consumer medication disposal via drug take back and incineration

Convenient: Conveniently located for consumers to access and use

Trackable: Program data is tracked and reported, providing valuable analytics and insights

Sustainable: Keeps pharmaceutical waste out of landfills and water systems


Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partner

Your Risk Reduction Experts

Your Sustainability Champion

We manage all major regulated waste streams and offer OSHA and HIPAA compliance training, delivering a 98% on-time pick-up rate1 with our fleet of more than 6,000 trucks.2

We reduce your risk through full chain of custody and proprietary, real-time tracking systems in addition to compliance experts to keep you informed of federal, state, and local regulatory developments.

We minimize landfill waste, collecting 56 million pounds of plastic and 1.5 billion pounds of paper, and are invested in reducing our fuel-related emissions, achieving a 4% reduction from 2017 to 2019.3

1. Stericycle annual data, 2020.   2. Stericycle data, 2020.   3. Based on Stericycle data, 2018. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to dispose of pharmaceutical waste correctly?

Safely disposing of pharmaceutical waste protects homes, communities, and the environment by preventing opioid abuse and water system contamination. To minimize risk, it is critical to identify what regulations govern the specific medications you need to dispose, and then select a disposal solution and vendor that meets those requirements. Stericycle can provide safe and compliant handling and disposal of all kinds of medication: pills, inhalers, liquids, patches and more.

Why is it important to dispose of sharps correctly? 

Used needles that are contaminated with bodily fluids s can spread infectious diseases that can cause serious health issues for waste workers and the public, if not disposed of safely. Needles can puncture trashcan liners, corrugated cardboard, and even some plastic containers – sticking people and transmitting disease.

How do you safely dispose of expired medication?

It really depends on who you are. If you’re an average consumer of pharmaceutical medicine you can take your expired or unused medication to a Stericycle kiosk at your local pharmacy, hospital, or police station, or talk to your pharmacist about which options are available to you in your community.

Pharmaceutical waste generated from a commercial business (such as a hospital, doctor’s office or pharmacy) is regulated differently than medication waste generated from a residence or household.  Commercially-generated pharmaceutical waste is regulated by EPA and DOT during transportation and disposal. It is critical to partner with  a knowledgeable and qualified vendor, like Stericycle, to help you navigate this regulatory landscape. In addition, Stericycle offers specialized disposal solutions for controlled substances that are further regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to their addictive potential.

Is it safe to flush my medications?

Until recently, federal guidelines recommended flushing or sewering of unused medications to prevent drug diversion. This practice, however, is now known to cause contamination of waterways that may negatively impact wildlife and public health. 

For household medications, the FDA website provides clarity on how to safely dispose of them. The FDA, DEA, and EPA recommend drug take back as the first line approach. If drug take back programs are not available in your community, however, , check the FDA website or view this helpful infographic for instructions on what to do. 

For commercially-generated pharmaceutical waste, the EPA does not allow any pharmaceuticals to be flushed or disposed of via sewer systems. Drugs must be disposed of via incineration. 

How do you safely dispose of used needles and medical sharps?

Stericycle recommends storing and disposing of sharps materials in FDA compliant leak-proof, puncture-resistant containers, and managing transportation and disposal through a properly permitted vendor. For household-generated needles, visit to learn more about how to properly dispose of them in your state.

What do I do if there are no drug take back or sharps disposal programs in my community?

Stericycle provides drug take back and sharps collection and disposal services to governments, pharmacies, non-profits, and businesses, who in turn provide these services to the communities they serve. If your community doesn’t have safe or easily accessible programs, contact your local elected officials, health department, pharmacies, drug coalitions, employers, or other community organizations and ask them to contact Stericycle and get involved in providing safe drug and sharps disposal programs in your area.

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