Medical Waste

All Types of Home Medical Waste - Pills, Medical Needles and Sharps, Liquid Medications, Aerosol Meds, Patches, Etc.

  • Household Chemical Collections: pills, liquid medications, aerosol meds, patches, and needles/sharps are accepted at the annual Berrien County Household Chemical Collections. Click HERE for a list of upcoming events.

Unwanted & Outdated Pills and Liquid Medications

  • Berrien County Sheriff's Department: 919 Port St., St. Joseph. Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Permanent medical waste drop box inside lobby. Accepts pills and liquid medications. Liquid medications must have a tight fitting cap to prevent spillage.

Unwanted & Outdated Pills ONLY

  • Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Police Department: 4411 E. Snow Rd., Berrien Springs, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Buchanan City Police Department: 720 E. Front St., Buchanan, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pill drop-box in lobby.
  • Buffalo Drugs: 1 N. Whittaker St., New Buffalo. 469-3636. No controlled substances.
  • Chikaming Township Police Department: 13535 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pill drop box in lobby.
  • Coloma Charter Township Police Department: 4919 Paw Paw Lake Rd., Coloma, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pill drop-box in lobby.
  • Health Care Provider: check with your health care provider for other available collection options.
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy, Niles: 31 N. St. Joseph St., Niles, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy, St. Joseph: 1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph, Open 24 Hours
  • Lakeland Pharmacy Shoppe: 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph. Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • New Buffalo City Police Department: 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo. 469-1593. Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pill drop box inside lobby.
  • Van's Pharmacy: 807 Napier Ave., St. Joseph. 983-4802. No controlled substances.
  • Walgreens: Safe medical waste kiosks are located near the Pharmacy counter at the 1260 Hilltop Rd., St. Joseph Walgreens Pharmacy (Open 24hrs a day), 269-983-0315; and 907 S. 11th St., Niles Walgreens Pharmacy (Open 24 hrs a day), 269-683-0234. 
  • Watervliet City Police Department: 158 Pleasant St., Watervliet, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pill drop-box in lobby.
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency periodically partners with local law enforcement agencies for pill drop-off collections.
Home medical waste is not regulated under the MI Medical Waste Management Act, therefore common sense and caution should guide individuals in the safe disposal of home medical waste. Do not flush medical waste. Needles or sharps, old prescription medicine, etc. can be disposed of properly using the various methods listed above.
Needles and Sharps 
  • Berrien County Household Chemical Collection Events: sharps/needles must be in a puncture proof container. Please label the container with the word "Sharps" or "Needles". This collection program is free to Berrien County residents.  View the Household Chemical Collection event dates HERE.
Pill Bottle Collection: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baroda is collecting empty pill bottles for the Malawi Project.  They are asking residents to collect their empty pill bottles, remove the labels, and drop the bottles (with lid attached) in the collection box near the main entrance at the Church.  Office hours are Mon - Thur 9 a.m. - Noon and Sunday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  If removing the labels is troublesome, the Youth Group can assist with label removal before the bottles are shipped to the Malawi Project.  DO NOT drop off medications.  This project collects empty pill bottles only.  Learn more about the Malawi Project at  Or call the Church at 269-422-1449.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church,  9193 Cleveland Ave., Baroda, MI 49101


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