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FAQ: What should I do with my empty prescription bottles?

Answer: Empty prescription bottles go in the garbage

Prescription bottle

Prescription bottle plastic is too brittle to be recycled, so used bottles should be tossed in the garbage.

What about leftover medicine?

Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. To prevent misuse and pollution, dispose of any leftover medicine at a temporary take-back location in local law enforcement offices and pharmacies. Visit the Take Back Your Meds website to find a drop-off site near you.

You can also call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 for similar information specific to your location.

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