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Sharps and Medications
*At this time, there is no disposal fee for residents of South Milwaukee or St. Francis*
Sharps Disposal Program
Sharps that are not disposed of correctly pose a risk to the community. The Wisconsin law states it is illegal to place sharps (such as needles or lancets) in the trash or with recyclables. Used sharps can stick workers who handle waste disposal. If trash containers are blown over or bags rip apart, children, adults, and pets are also at risk of being stuck.
Medication Disposal Program
Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed in the toilet or poured down the drain (Wisconsin Department of Justice). Removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from medicine cabinets helps to prevent them from going into our water supply. Unused prescription medications in homes creates health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.
The South Milwaukee Police Department offers medication disposal for residents of both communities. There is no need to speak to anyone, so medication may be dropped in the collection box any day of the week, 24 hours/day. Please empty the medication into a plastic bag before placing in the collection box.
|Accepted Medication||Not Accepted Medication|
|Prescription medication||Illegal drugs|
|Over the counter medication||Needles/sharps|
|Ointments or creams||Bio-hazardous material|
|Sprays||Personal care products (shampoo, lotion)|
|Inhalers||Household hazards (paint, pesticides, oil, gas)|
|Pet Medication||Misc. medical supplies|