Medical Waste

Medical Waste/Needles/Pharmaceuticals Sharps:
Sharps include syringes, needles, and lancets. You can help prevent injury, illness, and pollution by following some simple steps when you dispose of the sharp objects and contaminated materials you use in administering health care in your home. Place needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects in a hard plastic or metal container with a screw‐on or tightly secured lid. Many containers found in the household, such as liquid laundry detergent bottles or metal coffee cans, will do, or you may purchase containers specifically designed for the disposal of medical waste sharps.

To dispose, you may choose one of the following methods:
  1.  Place them in a proper sharps container and bring to a local Household Hazardous Waste Collection site such as Environmental Recycling Group (ERG) in Livonia.
  2.  Check for recommendations & links including mail‐back programs
  3.  Contact a Medical Waste Disposal Service.  A list is available at (select “Waste” “Medical Waste”)
  4.  As a last resort, reinforce the lid with heavy‐duty tape, label “Not Recyclable” and place container in your regular trash. Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle or return to a store, and do not use glass or clear plastic containers.

Prescription Drugs:
The Federal prescription drug disposal guidelines are designed to reduce the diversion of prescription drugs, while also protecting the environment.
  •  Participate in a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Visit
  •  Contact your local pharmacy to see if they have a take-back program
  • The City of Plymouth's Drug Collection Unit is located on the main floor of City Hall. Drugs may be dropped off with no questions asked. This service is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For security purposes, the box is locked, so please stop at the police counter to check in your items for disposal. You must remove pills from their bottles and place them in plastic bags for disposal. Only pills in plastic bags or blister packs will be accepted. We do not accept liquids, needles, creams, inhalers or any other type of medication. If you have any questions regarding this program contact the City of Plymouth Police Department at (734) 453-1234 ext. 219.

Non-controlled pharmaceutical waste:
When drugs are no longer needed, they should be taken to a collection for incineration to destroy the chemicals within them and prevent them from entering the water resources we use for drinking water.
  •  Expired over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste collection site, such as the Environmental Recycling Group (ERG) in Livonia.