Medical SHARPS Disposal Program

The Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program is held every third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until Noon. The drop-off location is located at the Main Police Department Entrance, located at 1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, Illinois.

The October 21st collection is cancelled - however, there will be a DEA National Rx Collection on October 28th from 10am to 2pm at the Wheeling Police Department lobby.

If there is a winter advisory on the day of the Medication/Sharps collection, the drop-off will be canceled and will NOT be rescheduled. Do not leave items at the Police Department as no one will be available to accept the medications.  There is a kiosk for needles drop off inside the Police Department lobby.  The needles must be in a sealed, approved sharps containers.

 For more information, contact Serena at 847-499-9048. 

What Can I Drop Off?

Wheeling residents can drop off unwanted medications and used sharps (needles and syringes). We accept prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers. You must leave the label on the container and please scratch out any personal information if you choose. We do not accept controlled substances such as, but not limited to Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Morphine and Percocet. Click here to find a Walgreen's location that may accept controlled substances. Note: not all Walgreen's locations will accept controlled substances.

Visit the Solid Waste Agency Website to get a complete list of controlled medications.


Sharps must be in a designated Sharps container or a rigid container, such as a detergent bottle or coffee can. Do not use milk containers or water bottles, as needles can puncture through these types of containers. Make sure the lids are sealed tight.

We will not accept sharps that are not in a rigid container, or in cardboard, or plastic bags.

New sharps containers are available through the Community Development Department Health Division, located at 2 Community Boulevard. You can also get a new container when you drop off your full sharps container.

Other Materials Accepted

At the same time as the medication drop off, the following will be accepted for recycling: 

  • Eye glasses, including all frames and sunglasses.
  • Note: Batteries are no longer accepted. Some Batteries Plus Bulbs locations will 
     accept batteries for recycling for a small fee.  Call the Northbrook store for more information at: 1-630-473-3095